Zoi – Vintage Denim Hoody NSFW

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

Model: Zoi. (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

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model wearing torn jeans seated on a stool with a strong look towards the viewer
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - monochrome image of natalia wearing torn jeans seated on a stool reach and pointing her right arm out and up to the ceiling with her hair flowing out backwards
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model wearing torn jeans standing and holding her arms above her shoulders
Richard Spurdens Photography Fashion series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer -model wearing torn jeans standing with one knew bent and arms slightly out to her sides
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model wearing torn jeans standing and pointing up into the air with her left arm
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer -model wearing torn jeans doing a leg kick towards the camera
Richard Spurdens Photography Dance series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model wearing torn jeans caught in mid air pointing out to the side of the her body
Richard Spurdens Photography Dance series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model wearing torn jeans jump off the floor with hair flowing up into the air
Richard Spurdens Photography Dance series
  • 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

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model in her leather jacket leaning away from the wall with her eyes closed
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion photography leather jacket series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model in her leather jacket
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion photography leather jacket series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model in her leather jacket with a single eye looking into the camera
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion photography leather jacket series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer -model in her leather jacket leaning against the wall looking at the viewer
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion photography leather jacket series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model wearing her leather jacket
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion photography leather jacket series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model leaning against the wall in her leather jacket looking back over her left shoulder towards the camera
Richard Spurdens Photography
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer -model leaning against the wall in her leather jacket
Richard Spurdens Photography
  • 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.

Portait Photography - Portrait Photographer - a head shot of model Riona Neve using natural light
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot series

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

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model seated on a chair wearing a black body and black unlaced walking boots
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model seated on a chair wearing a black body and black unlaced walking boots
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot series
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - model laying back on a chair wearing a black body and black unlaced walking boots
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot series

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

Portait Photography - Portrait Photographer - Riona Neve wearing a white button tunic lit from the left handside window light
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot series

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.


Natural Light shoot with Nicky Phillips

Here are 4 natural light shots with Nicky Philips from a recent studio session in Cleckheaton. I was using Silkwood studios for the first time as it has some large windows which I thought were worth exploring as a light source for some fashion and portait image.

Model: Nicky Phillips
Photographer: Richard Spurdens
Lighting: Natural window light
Camera: Canon 5D MkIV with a EF70-200 f/2.8 II
Outfits: Models own

Having worked with Nicky before I was confident that we would produce some good shots

For this image I used the simple yet beautiful natural light coming from the window to the lhs which was giving some nice soft side light.

portrait photography - portrait photographer -a monochrome natural light portrait of the model nicky she is wearing a blue demin jacket open in a vee shape one eye is hidden by her hair the other is looking directly into the lens
Richard Spurdens Photography – Studio Session with Nicky Philips at Silkwood Studio, …………Camera Data……….. Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/60 sec @ f-4 / ISO 400

Putting Nicky closer in to the window light source gives some nice soft lighting across the body.

portrait photography - portrait photographer -a monochrome natural light image head shot of the model nicky to the window net curtains it is shot on an angle so the curtians are angled at thirty degress and nicky is looking over her should away from the camera and her arms at held tight to her chest
Richard Spurdens Photography – Studio Session with Nicky Philips at Silkwood Studio, …………Camera Data……….. Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/60 sec @ f-4 / ISO 400

Each of the windows had some net curtain material drapped across them so that helped to soften the natural light. By putting Nicky into the window and then angling the camera it produced some nice tension to the image.

For this shot I put Nicky into the corner which allowed light to come from two sources; the window behind and the window to the rhs. I kept this one as a colour version and added a slight colour grading to it

fashion photographer - fashion photography - a natural light colour image of model nicky phillips wearing jeans and a tarten top
Richard Spurdens Photography – Studio Session with Nicky Philips at Silkwood Studio, …………Camera Data……….. Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/80 sec @ f-4 / ISO 400

I was pleased with the results we achieved using the natural light, for this section of the shoot.


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.

fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at villa giovanelli near rome - the model is crouching down surrounded by hte crimpeleen skirts of the white dress she is look towards the window ltight
Richard Spurdene Photography – fashion image – fashion artwise series – Model: Fuji X-T2, Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, 1/60sec @ f-2.8

Dingle

landscape photography - landscape photographer -colour image of the early dawn light shot on the dingle peninsular
Richard Spurdens Photography – Images from my visit to Dingle peninsular …………Camera Data……….. Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM
artistic nude photographer - artistic nude photography - colour image from location shoot on the island of crete the setting sun light the models figure against a twisted tree model is topless and is wearing a long red skirt lifted to her knee on one leg
Richard Spurdens Photography -Sirens of Crete 2018 at Various Locations, …………Camera Data……….. Model:X-T2 Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR 1/60 sec @ f-6.4 / ISO 200

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.

Dance Photographer - Dance photography - Ayla seated on the floor reaching up towards the light from a studio session with Ayla Rose at The Loft Studio.
Richard Spurdens Photography – dance photography series – Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/125 sec @ f-5 / ISO 100
dance photographer - dance photography - colour image of dancer leaping up with one leg pointed out straight and the other bent at the knee to make a right angle , he arms are reaching out backward , she is wearing a yellow leotard and is working against a yellow background shot in profile
Richard Spurdens Photography – Model: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,

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - colour image of model and the pompom rose head piece
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion Image from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Belvoir Castle Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe …………Camera Data……….. Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF50mm f/1.8 II 1/40 sec @ f-2.2 / ISO 250
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at Belvior castle this shot shows the lace design on the cream and white wedding dress
Richard Spurdens Photography – Images from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Belvoir Castle Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe …………Camera Data……….. Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/30 sec @ f-4 / ISO 400

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.

fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at wentworth woodhouse model wearing a pale blue full length ball gown with flowers and leave embriobery on the bodic and sleves she is shot through the room doors
Richard Spurdens Photography – location fashion shoot – Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/60 sec @ f-4.5 / ISO 400
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - a head shot of the model wear a floral head piece.
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion images from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Ragley Hall Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe …………Camera Data……….. Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/80 sec @ f-4.5 / ISO 100

A new Rankin book

A new book found its way on to my bookshelves late last month. When I had the chance to go to one of the launch events for the new V&A photographic gallery.

This particular event was a talk by the photographer known as Rankin.

fashion photograher - fashion photography - image captured of the title screen of an evening with the photographer rankin for the launch of his new book
Richard Spurdens Photography – Images from a visit to London on October 15 2018. Photo: Richard Spurdens …………Camera Data……….. Model:X-T2 Lens: XF18mmF2 R 1/60 sec @ f-2 / ISO 400

If you are interested in photography around the fashion and arts then you will have come across the works of the Rankin. He was always a portrait photographer (and still is) but when he helped co-found the magazine Dazed & Confused back in 1991 with Jefferson. His work then help defined the aesthetics and attitudes of the 1990s and 2000s, Rankin’s work has featured in leading publications worldwide.

From this vast portfolio of work Rankin has issued numerous books, of which I have a couple “More” and “Painting pretty pictures”. More was a retrospective of his portraiture work, which has always inspired me.

This new one is a retrospective of his full career in fashion photography and charts 30 years of Rankin’s work in this area of the industry. It is edited by the Rankin himself, and it shows the hard commercial side and also the not so glossy side of the fashion industry.

The images are presented in reverse chronology, Unfashionable moves from Rankin’s recent work with images from Hunger and then on back to his earliest Polaroids as he was starting out.

fashion photography - fashion photographer - the book cover of rankin book titled unfashionable book
Richard Spurdens Photography – rankins new book cover

The event

Rankin’s presentation was based on his new book. So it gave a good insight into the contents of the book and the some of the stories behind the images. I found presentation informative and interesting and so after the talk I decided to make a purchase of the book and add it to my library. I also got it signed by Rankin himself, and even had a short chat with the man as he signed it for me.

image of the inside cover and its signature
Richard Spurdens Photography –

I have tried in the past to make images that were inspired by Rankin work. Itis always direct, unapologetic and confronting. I like his honesty in his images and have tried to create similar types of work when collaborating with certain models who understand this challenge.

So below are a couple of images that I feel were inspired by Rankin approach and look

fashion photography - fashion Photographer - image of model carla monaco topless wearing big black pants and jewelled belt leaning against a white wall
Canon 5D mk III Sigma 35mm f2.8 lens. ISO 100 1/125sec @ f / 5.0
Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - a high key edge fashion nude image of the model madame bink based on a rankin look
Model: Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR ISO:200

I think the book is worth a look if you like the work of Rankin.


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

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - Image featuring model Jaye Hicks, at walter's wardrobe event
Richard Spurdens Photography – Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/125 sec @ f-4 / ISO 200
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - an interior shot of the model wearing a white trouser suit and floral head piece in the white stair way
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion images from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Ragley Hall Stylist: Jen Brook Production: Walter’s Wardrobe …………Camera Data……….. Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 1/80 sec @ f-4 / ISO 320
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - Image showing model Jaye Hicks jumping the floral moon
Richard Spurdens Photography – 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

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - Image showing model Olivia Harriet and the floral umbrella
Richard Spurdens Photography – Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/200 sec @ f-5.6 / ISO 100
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - Image showing the floral head dress and floral mushrooms
Richard Spurdens Photography – 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

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - Image of model Lauran Rose McGee in the garden at the walter's wardrobe event
Richard Spurdens Photography – location fashion shoot – Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1/125 sec @ f-11 / ISO 100
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - a head shot of the model wear a floral head piece.
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion images from a Walter’s Wardrobe location shoot at Ragley 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

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - Image featureing the model Leela Tikadar at the walter's wardrobe event
Richard Spurdens Photography – 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

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

architecture Photography - architecture Photographer - colour image of the villa giovanelli near rome.
Richard Spurdens Photography – Rome series Villa Giovanelli – Model: X-T2 Lens: Touit 2.8/ 12mm 1/15 sec @ f 22

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 photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at villa giovanelli near rome - the model is crouching down surrounded by hte crimpeleen skirts of the white dress she is look towards the window ltight
Richard Spurdene Photography – fashion image – fashion artwise series – Model: Fuji X-T2, Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, 1/60sec @ f-2.8
portrait photography - portrait photographer -a natural light image head shot of the model Sara B @ fashion art wise. Silk dress: Franco Ciambella, Styling by @Valentina Feula
Richard Spurdens Photography – Sara B @ Fashion Art wise Model: Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR ISO 250 1/30sec @ F / 2.8
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at villa giovanelli near rome - the model is lying on a yellow settee and is holding a mad hatters hat looking towards the large window which is light her
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot – fashion artwise series – Model: Fuij X-T2, Lens: XF18mmF2 R, ISO 400 1/15 secs @ F /2.8
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at villa giovanelli near rome - the four models are standing be a large window each one have either a red hand or a black hand which start off in front of the first model and then move progressive closer to their lips
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot image – fashion artwise series – 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.

fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at villa giovanelli near rome - the four models are standing be a large window each one have either a red hand or a black hand which start off in front of the first model and then move progressive closer to their lips
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot – fashion artwise – 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).

Studio wise, I have been busy in there and 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 creatives this year have included:

Dancers: Alexa Hilton, Charlie, Jay and Erica Mulkern.

Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dance moves by alexa hilton
Richard Spurdens Photography – Alexa Hilton – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV -Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dance moves by alexa hilton
Richard Spurdens Photography – Alexa Hilton on pointe feet movement – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dance pose by dancer erica mulkern
Richard Spurdens Photography – dance photography – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dance pose by dancer erica mulkern
Richard Spurdens Photography – Erica Mulkern red top black shorts – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - dance pose by dancer erica mulkern
Richard Spurdens Photography – dance photogrphy Erica Mulkern – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Models: Rachelle Summers, Nicole Rayner, Scarlot Rose, Pippa Doll (who is a karate expert, dancer and skate boarder too) and finally Zoi Morgan.

fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at pipewwll hall featureing designes by Jane-woolrich-design. model is seated in a red winged chair wearing a pink negligee and slip
Richard Spurdens Photography – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
portrait Photography - portrait Photographer - colour image of subject looking out to the right hand side of the frame shot using nature light she is wearing a light brown blouse which is off both shoulder and she is holding it in the middle of her chest.
Richard Spurdens Photography – Rachelle Summers – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM – 1/60 sec @ F / 14.0
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot with model wearing croped demin jeans and a striped shirt she is stood against a dark brown back ground with one arm hold the shirt coller and the other resting on the opposite leg
Richard Spurdens Photography – studio shot with model Pippa Doll – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV : EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM 1/125 sec @ F / 8.0
Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - a toned monochrome image showing the model holding a bunch of white tulips against the skin
Richard Spurdens Photography – four tulips -Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS 1/125 sec @ F / 3.2

I have also worked with a number of others from previous years including: Carla Monoco, Madame Bink, Ivory Flame, Elle Beth, Mischkan Scott and (aerialist and model) Em Theresa.

fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at pipewwll hall featureing designes by Jane-woolrich-design. model is standing by the wiindow with a rocking horse wearing brown lace negligee
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot series -Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – Lens: 35mm
Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - monochrome image of artistic nude model sitting in profile on a small wooden stooll and her legs are raised forward to form an angle she is wearing a white hat and her arms are both reaching up to hold the hats brim. lit with a single gridded rectangular soft box
Richard Spurdens Photography – Madame Bink with white hat – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS 1/125sec @ F / 4.5
Portrait Photography - Portrait Photographer - colour portrait head shot image of a subject looking directly into the camera lit from the window light on the rhs of her.
Richard Spurdens Photography – mischkan scott hs white top Canon EOS 5D Mark IV : EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM 1/125 sec @ F / 3.2
dance photographer - dance photography - colour image of the dancer wearign a large floaty blue dress kicking her right leg high out the the lhs of her with her arms reaching back behind her
Richard Spurdens Photography – Blue Dress moves – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – EF50mm f/1.8 II 1/125 sec @ F / 6.3
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a studio fashion shoot subject is wearing a red ball dress, shot using natural light
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV : EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM 1/125 sec @ F / 2.8

In terms of the FIAP distinctions trail; I was pleased to received my EFIAP/ platiumn award in June of this year, which a great achievement. So that goal was finally achieved within the 5 years I had set out for it.  As I mentioned in my last review (2016) I had really scaled back the number of exhibition I have been entering, only entering mainly prints and looking to support exhibitions that maintain a good printed exhibition catalogue. I have managed to maintain a good rate of acceptances and also have managed to pick up a few awards as well. A couple of my images have been on the front covers of the exhibition catalogue, which is always a good result for an entry into the salons.

Image that was the front cover of the Cotswold Salon 2017

artistic nude photographer - artistic nude photography - monochrome image the model in using a white posing box she pushing up with her arms at the back of the box and her left foot to lift herself off the box her other leg is lifted and pointed at ninty degress towards the light. which is a single side light to the right hand side of the model.
Richard Spurdens Photography -artistic nude figure study titled: A simple point of the foot – efiap platinum level image

I was also invited to be a judge for a number of national photographic exhiditions in the UK, which took up quite a few weekends in the first half of the year. As always, it was hard work but rewarding in being able to see what other photographers have been creating around the country.

I have also supported Walters Wardrobe (Jen Brook) and her couture themed shoots at some great locations. This year these have included a shoot at Western Park in Shropshire (Ruffles & Ready), which featured the designer: Mishi May, with styling by Jen Brook, Millinery: Donna Graham, and MUA: Sophie Battersby. The models included : Victoria Coutts, Jodi Lakin, Nicky Philips and Kamila Nowak.

We also returned to the vast stately home at Wentworth Woodhouse (Dance of the Decadent Dolls). This was with Designer: Rosie Red Corsetry and Couture, with styling by Jen Brook, and Millinery by Donna Graham, MUA: Sophie Battersby, Olivia Morewood, Rebecca Cordell, Sophie’s MUA/hair assistant: Rachael Doig. The Models for this event included: Ayla Rose, Ivory Flame, Jaye Yip, Rebecca Cordell.

The final shoot for this year was Sandon Hall Staffordshire, (Beauty and the Feast). This featured the designs of Katie Newsam, styling by Jen Brook, assisted by Jodi Lakin, Livvy Morewood. MUA: Sophie Battersby. Models: Amelia Mary, Katie Talyor, Charlotte Burton, Catherine Ashworth.

Images from the Walters Wardrobe shoots of 2017

colour fashion image of a model wearing a ruffle designed full wide skirt and match bodice and hat designed by Mishi May
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – Lens: 35mm
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image of model wearing a red and gold ball gown with makeing red hat she is seated on a stone plinth in the garden room- shot on location at sandon hall, Dress Designer: Katie Newsam, Styling Jen Brook, Walter's Wardrobe Productions
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion shoot at Sandon Hall – Red and Gold dress – Model: Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR 1/80sec @ f / 5.6 ISO 800
colour image of the model wearing a sculpted figure huging design of designer Mishi May
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: 35mm
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from fashion shoot at sandon hall, Dress Designer: Katie Newsam, Styling Jen Brook, Walter's Wardrobe Productions, model wears full lenght purple ball gown with scalloped purple swirl running from the left shoulder down to the right foot of the dress
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fashion shoot image designer Katie Newsam – Model: Fuji X-T2 Lens: XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR 1/60sec @ f / 4.0 ISO 400
pom pom dress seated on the stairs
Fuji X-T2- Lens: F18mmF2 R 1/125 sec @ F /5.6
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: 35mm
Dance Photographer - Dance photography -
Fuji X-T2 – Lens: XF18mmF2 R
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - colour image showing dancer on pointe wearing a white corset dress and to her rhs is a swam with eggs and balllons so the image is called dancing at the swans party
Richard Spurdens Photography – dance photography – Fuji X-T2 – Lens: XF35mmF1.4 R

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