Category: Fashion

Zoi – Vintage Denim Hoody NSFW

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - colour image of model wearing a vintage blue demin hoody
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - colour image of model wearing a vintage blue demin hoody
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - colour image of model wearing a vintage blue demin hoody
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - colour image of model wearing a vintage blue demin hoody
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - colour image of model wearing a vintage blue demin hoody
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - colour image of model wearing a vintage blue demin hoody

Model: Zoi. (A link to her website is here)

  • Lighting: Aputure Storm C300d MK11 LED
  • Model: Fuji X-T3
  • Lens: Fuji Film XF35mmF1.4 R
  • Shutter Speed: 1/80 second
  • Aperture: F/1.8
  • Speed: IOS 320

Here are a set of fun edgy fashion images from a remote shoot with Zoi – I first worked with Zoi via a remote setup (with the model been in the Haigh in the Netherlands and I was at home in the UK), in 2020 and you can see some of the results in this post here. In the first shoot we did we just used the natural window light of the apartment. Which at the time of day gave some nice results.

This time Zoi had invested in a Aputure Strom C300d LED light, which gave an impressive light output. We used it in this set up as a hard light to get the strong shadows behind her.


Natalia – Torn jeans

  • Model: Natalia
  • Lighting: Single studio light fitted with a large Octa box
  • Camera: Fuji Film GFXs
  • Apeture: F5.6
  • Focal lenght: 110mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Outfits: models own

I have not worked with Natalia before but was really pleased to have had the chance to book and work with her in the studio. These images are from the first set we shot with Natalia wearing her torn jeans and a white teeshirt. Love the energy and expression that she produced while we worked this setup.


Carla – Leather Jacket mood

  • Model: Carla Monaco
  • Lighting: Single Studio light fitted with a gridded Octa box
  • Styling Carla
  • Jacket: Models own
  • Camera: Fuji Film GFX 50S
  • Lens: GF110mmF2 R LM WR
  • 1/125 sec @ f-4.5 / ISO 100

I have worked with Carla a number of times in the past and when she was in the area she contact me and we arranged to work together again. Above are a few images from a fashion set.


Remote shoot with Riona Neve

Following on from my remote shoot with Zoi M via her remote shooting set up. An opportunity arose to work with Riona Neve again using Zoi’s remote set up. Riona is a Belgium based freelance model, so to get the chance to work with her remotely in these times was a real plus.

A natural light head shot of Riona Neve

Zoi’s set-up uses a Fujifilm XT3 with a couple of fujifilm lens, For this shoot we mainly used a Fuji XF35mmF1.4 R lens. The camera is is linked to Lightroom Classic via the Fuji Plugin for Tethered shooting. The desktop is linked via Remote Desktop. So you can see what the camera is seeing and work the focus and controls. The session was again all shot with the natural light coming into the room from a large window. It gave some really soft light for the first setup.

This was a short session of around an hour so not much chance to do many outfit changes. Three in total however the sets we did managed to shoot produced some good and different images.

The first set was just some simple head shots with Riona wearing a linen dress againt a coloured textured background. Following on with an edgy fashion look of a black body and black boots.

Below are three images from that set again the lighting was the large window. I titled the set – In my black boots. Really liked them in monochrome

In my Black boots

For the final set I move Riona to the window to get some great side light below is one from that lighting set up.

colour image of Riona Neve wearing a white button tunic lit from the left handside window light

It was great to get the opportunite to work with Riona, and again thanks to Zoi for assisting durin the shoot. I hope I can get to work with Riona again soon.


2018 review of the year

As the final few days of this year are upon us I thought it was worth taking a bit of time to put together a 2018 review of my year in photography.

A few highlights for the 2018 review of the year were a trip to Rome to join the Fashion Artwise team at a location shoot; a trip toSouthern Ireland to visit the Dingle peninsula; a visit to the Island of Crete to work with Zoi Morgan and her Sirens of Crete event and meeting Rankin.

Also finally getting the chance to work with Ivory Flame, Elle Rose and Nicole Rayner together at a location shoot.

Image from the Fashion Artwise event.

Image of ana wearing the white bridal dress designed by Franco Ciambella
Ana wearing the white bridal dress designed by Franco Ciambella Natural light.

Dingle

Beal Ban beach Dingle Peninsula
Sirens of Crete 2018 Model Zoi, Styling by Zoi Morgan Photo: Richard Spurdens

Studio wise, my studio lease came to an end in October. Trying to find a new studio is a job for next year. But for this 2018 review of the year I have had a productive time in the studio. I have also done quite a number of location shoots too, which offers a different challenge to working in the controlled enviroment of a studio. I have enjoyed the challenges of working on location and learnt a few things too.

There have been chances to work with a number of new creatives again this year and I have enjoyed working with them and together we have created some great images, and also had good fun playing with different light approaches.

New Dancers

New Dancers this year have included: Ayla Rose and Geraldine Bell.
I have also worked with a number of others from previous years including: Elle Beth and Gem as a duo pair, Ivory Flame, Ella Rose and Nicole Rayner and Em Theresa, Pippa Doll and Nicky Philips.

a colour image of dancer alya rose with bent legs and leaning back on her left arm with her right reaching up towards the light
Dancer Ayla Rose at the Loft Studio, Single overhead gridded Octa box light
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF50mm f/1.8 II 1/125 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 100

I have continued to enter a few of the uk photo exhibitions focusing on supporting exhibitions running print sections and have gained a number of acceptances into these exhibitions. I’ve also picked up a few awards as well. I was also invited to be a judge at this years PAGB Inter Club Projected Digital Image Championship, which was enjoyable.

I have also supported Walters Wardrobe (Jen Brook) and her couture themed shoots at some great locations. This year I only managed to do two of these great events. The first was a shoot at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, (Still I Rise), which featured the designer: Joanne Fleming , with styling by Jen Brook, and MUA: Shara Gray and Livvy Morewood. The models were: Bethany Bennett, Liv Free, Stefanie Nieuwenhuyse, and Ceci Zhang,

Single flash unit to the lhs Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe
Natural light image from the Belvoir Castle Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe

The second event was (In Bloom) This was with Designer: Rosie Red Corsetry and Couture, with styling by Jen Brook, and Headpiece: CC Millinery Creations Set Desing by Donna Graham, MUA: Sophie Battersby, Olivia Morewood, Rebecca Cordell, Sophie’s MUA/hair assistant: Rachael Doig. The Models for this event included: Lauren Rose McGee, Jaye Hicks, Olivia Harriet, and Leela Tikadar

Images from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Ragley Hall Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe
Images from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Ragley Hall Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe

Walter’s Wardrode October event

The final Walter’s Wardrode event of 2018 took place in a great location in the heart of Warwickshire. As usual with the Walter’s Wardrobe events it had a styled theme which for the event was theme around In-Bloom. 

Shoot: In Bloom 
Models: Lauren Rose McGee, Jaye Hicks, Olivia Harriet, Leela Tikadar.
Dress Designer: Rosie Red Corsetry and Couture and Bowen-Dryden.
Styling: Jen Brook
Creative set Design: Donna Graham.
Lighting: Available light and Elinchrom Quadra lights
MUA: Livvy Morewood and Sarah Grey.
Headpieces: CC Millnery Creations.

I have being luck enough to attend a few Walter’s wardrobe events in the past few years. The first one was at an old mill complex near Chorley, you can see the images here

Below are a selection of some of the images I shot at the event. They were shot at various location in and outside the venue. Some were shot using natural light others a balance of flash and natural light.

A few Images

Image featuring model Jaye Hicks, at walter's wardrobe event
0.1 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 1/80 sec @ f-4 / ISO 320
Image featuring model Jaye Hicks, at walter's wardrobe event
0.2 Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/125 sec @ f-4 / ISO 200
Image showing model Jaye Hicks jumping the floral moon
0.3 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 1/125 sec @ f-6.3 / ISO 100

These first three image feature the model: Jaye Hicks wearing Designer: Bowen-Dryden outfit, Stylist: Jen Brook,  MUA: Sarah Gray, Headpiece: CC Millinery Creations, Set Design: Donna Graham, Production: Walter’s Wardrobe Events

Image showing model Olivia Harriet and the floral umbrella
0.4 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/200 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 100
Image showing the floral head dress and floral mushrooms
0.5 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 1/60 sec @ f-6.3 / ISO 400

Designer: Bowen-Dryden, Stylist: Jen Brook, Model: Olivia Harriet, MUA: Livvy Morewood, Headpiece: CC Millinery Creations, Set Design: Donna Graham, Production: Walter’s Wardrobe Events

Image of model Lauran Rose McGee in the garden at the walter's wardrobe event
0.6 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/125 sec @ f-11 / ISO 100
natural light head shot of model Lauran Rose McGee at the walter's wardrobe event
0.7 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/80 sec @ f-4.5 / ISO 100

Designer: Bowen-Dryden, Stylist: Jen Brook, Model: Lauren Rose McGee, MUA: Livvy Morewood, Headpiece: CC Millinery Creations, Set Design: Donna Graham, Production: Walter’s Wardrobe Events

Image featureing the model Leela Tikadar at the walter's wardrobe event
0.8 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/125 sec @ f-8 / ISO 100

Designer: Rosie Red Corestry and Couturee, Stylist: Jen Brook, Model: Leela Tikadar MUA: Sarah Grey, Headpiece: CC Millinery Creations, Set Design: Donna Graham, Production: Walter’s Wardrobe Events

image showing the four models from the walter's wardrobe event
0.8 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/250 sec @ f-8 / ISO 100
Image showing the four models from the walter's wardrobe event and jen brook and Donna graham photo bombing them
0.9 Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/2500 sec @ f-2.8 / ISO 100

Like the timing of the last one featuring a photo bomb by Jen and Donna for the final shot of the day.


Fashion Artwise masterclass

A visit to Rome in mid February to attend a Fashion Artwise masterclass with international fine art photographer, Nicol Vizioli.  This combined a trip to Rome which was on our list of places to visit and a chance to shoot the Fashion Artwise masterclass with 3 professional models from Italy.

The venue for the shoot was one of the most prestigious villas in Rome. Villa Giovanelli.

With luxury styling by Valentina Feula, and her assistants over the weekend were Francesca Sireci and Francesca Romana Pugliese.

The Make up was undertaken by Martina Chiacchio, and the hair Luigi Gentile.
The production assistants were Vincenzo Fierro, Maria Cerullo and Federico d’Antoni.

The location:

Image showing the villa Giovanelli the location for the fashion shoot
Model: Fuji X-T2, Lens: Touit 2.8/12, 1/15 secs @ f/22.0

Villa Giovanelli has some good rooms to work in and as I had no flash units with me all the images were shot using natural light.

The weather was fairly dull and overcast for both the days. So it was important to work the ISO setting on the camera.

The aim was to try and keep the ISO low but also ensure that the camera shutter speeds were keep at a managable level. Thus avoiding any possible movement from the models as they posed.

All the images the interior images were shoot using my trusty 3 legged thing  Brian tripod.

This Fashion Artwise Masterclass was run by the fine Art Photograher Nicol Vizioli. She was interesting to listen to and had a good eye for setting up her shots.

The theme for the shoot was fine art portraiture and below are few of the images from the master class.

Images:

Fashion artwise master class image of ana wearing the white bridal dress designed by Franco Ciambella
Model: Fuji X-T2, Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, 1/60sec @ F /2.8
a natural light image head shot of the model Sara B @ fashion art wise. Silk dress: Franco Ciambella, Styling by @Valentina Feulaf from the fashion artwise masterclass
Model: Fuji X-T2, Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, ISO 250 1/30sec @ F / 2.8.
Sara B wears Silk dress designer: Franco Ciambella, Bordeaux hat Luciano Verzola
Model: Fuij X-T2, Lens: XF18mmF2 R, ISO 400 1/15 secs @ F /2.8
Models Giovanna and Rada together: dresses by Nadya Dziak
Model: Fuji X-T2, Lens: XF56mmF1.2 R, ISO 200, 1/15 sec @ F /2.8

This last image was from the end of the second day, and the light had fallen to the point where I need to push the ISO up to a big number to keep the depth of field I wanted. At a shutter speed of  1/8th the a second I was pushing this shot.

But it turned out ok so overall I was very pleased with the result of this one.

the four models Ana, Giovanna, Sara B, Rada
Model: Fuji X-T2, Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, ISO 3200, 1/8th secs @ F /8.0

Just a few images from the weekend, which I enjoyed, It was good to shoot with different models and have great styling and make up and hair. Thanks to Valentina and her team for a good Fashion Artwise masterclass event.


2017 a year in review

So as 2017 comes to an end I thought it was worth taking a bit of time to reflect on this years photography.

Two of the main highlights from 2017 that spring to mind are being awarded a third London Salon medal for one of my images entered in this years (2017) London salon. Having been lucky enough to have been awarded medals at medal at previous Salons – I never thought I would get a third.

The second highlight was having an image in Great Britain entry for this years FIAP colour biennial .
I also achieved the EFIAP/Platiumn award which has been a long-term goal for me. (see below).

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