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Shooting silhouettes in the pool – Toucan Hill – Mustique

Shooting silhouettes in the pool – Toucan Hill – Mustique

So here’s a funny story…

t took 1.5 hours to tie off the studio flash unit with cords to the building, to make sure that it didn’t fall in to the pool…

Looks like Spring

Looks like Spring

Last winter was the, longest I’ve ever experienced… and you may be feeling this too.

Spring is now here, and with lockdown, here in the UK, finally coming to an end I can get back to shooting some beautiful images. Meanwhile, here’s a lovely, previously unused image of Cody, taken in Richmond Park, London, UK. As usual, her easy way and relaxed pose looks effortless as always. We shot this on a warm summer day back in 2019. Whilst processing this image it dawned on me that it is a good example of why using a higher megapixel camera is preferable, if you are shooting portraits

The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

Whilst wandering through Richmond Park I happened upon this view, on the slopes above the polo field, by Ham Gate.

The yellow light was bathing the naked oaks and last year’s ferns. The remnants of the fallen oak in the foreground resembles a magnetic termite mound I had once seen in the red centre of Australia. Its fractured spires reaching the the sky. Jo and I have become adept at finding new places to visit in Richmond Park, as the pandemic recedes, we often find ourselves on the road not taken.

It reminded me of Frost’s words:

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Harrie laying down on the job…

Harrie laying down on the job…

The Ever so lovely Harriett Langley

Updated 08.04.2022: This is a new take on a shot of Harrie, a quintessential redhead, in black lingerie, with pearl necklace and bangles. I took this a while back now. We are nearly out of lockdown here in the UK, but we still have a few of weeks to go, so the review of my images goes on, with new takes on grading.

Unmasking Harrie…

Unmasking Harrie…

Unmasking Harrie… – Harriett Langley after Pris

Here’s a striking shot of Harriett Langley (previously unseen). Harrie is the quintessential redhead and a fantastic pro model and looks amazing wearing black lingerie and pearls.

A mix of Venetian, Blade Runneresque, Mardi Gras make up. We had lots of fun with this.
Harrie is a machine, when it comes to poses and expressions. I had to wade through over 80 shots to find this one. They are all really different. I’ll post some more as I have time to finish processing them. Glamour is not really my thing, but I have been advised that this is quite racy.

Katie Green – getting started

Katie Green – getting started

Always a pleasure to work with new people…

This is a cute shot of Katie Green, a pretty blonde girl, kneeling in a field. It was taken during a her first session modelling. She has a natural feminine grace, and a porcelain complexion. This shot was taken towards the end of the afternoon, and has a warmth and a glow to it.

Me & Cody Cataluffi are making the news again!!

Me & Cody Cataluffi are making the news again!!

Always a nice surprise when Alamy sell an image… Last time it was the Daily Mail. This time it’s the Sunday Times, here in the UK. Cody looking ripped, as she monsters her way up Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park, The quintessential blonde female runner, her blonde ponytail bobbing left to right. Pink crop top, bare arms with Garmin watch and guns pumping away!

Hang on in there! Spring is just around the corner…

Hang on in there! Spring is just around the corner…

Hang on in there! Spring is just around the corner… – Maybe time to read a book and have a coffee?

To all my friends and family, both here in the UK and around the world, Spring is nearly here. If you are still in lockdown, like we all are here in the UK, hang on in there! The nice lady from the NHS said that I’ll have to wait until the second injection before I can leap between tall buildings in a single bound! So, I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with the consolation that we will soon be able to have friends around to sit in the garden. I have cleaned the BBQ until it glows, and there are cold drinks in the fridge.

Meanwhile, here’s a new image of Cody from the garden sessions, taken in a time before the zombie apocalypse.
I can report that we are all well here, and so is Cody. Although we are not able to shoot together, we have been behaving very badly during lockdown, by listening to Trance sessions on Twitch…
I should know better, but I don’t care, so big up Ben Gold, XiJaro And Pitch, Armin Van Buuren & ASOT and PSYMILL, and big up AstraZeneca and the NHS!

after the shoot is done…

after the shoot is done…

After the shoot is done – When working on pro beauty shoots there is surprisingly little time to shoot images that you actually want to shoot. I often find that there’s a danger that everyone is “on point” at all times. I’m certainly on one, as are my team. The assistant on this shoot is brilliant. He is “Johnny On the Spot” with the reflectors and stands, the SD cards and the shot list. The make up artist is in and out, doing her thing, whilst the client is asking a million questions of the stylist and calling the magazine. I think she has more on her plate than I do!
It’s only at points of transition between shots, or right at the end of the shoot that I can sometimes snatch something that may please me, not the magazine or the client. This frame is such a shot.

Katie Green – A Cameo in Porcelain

Katie Green – A Cameo in Porcelain

A cameo in porcelain – If you for shoot for long enough, you’ll get lucky… sometimes.

Updated: 08 April 2022

This is Katie Green. This was her first pro beauty shoot. At this point all she wanted was to be a model. She turned up at the location as keen as mustard, with a bag of clothes, full of questions about how to be a model.

Converting Harrie…

Converting Harrie…

Converting Harrie… – Some models are simply a delight.

Here’s a rather lovely image of Harriett Langley doing her ’70s thing.

This was a quick test we did down in the west country, here in the UK, some time ago now.
We were doing a sexy 1970s glam kinda thing. ..

Cody re-imagined

Cody re-imagined

Cody re-imagined – Why complicate a simple shot?

This is the second in a series of re-imagined beauty images of Cody Cataluffi from 2019

This is shot directly in the afternoon sun. You can see that the sun is top right, from the side, slightly behind the model. There is a half gold reflector, filling the shadows from the left. It’s set parallel to the model, so that it doesn’t “uplight” her.

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