Oo-er! Bit raunchy innit???

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Kelly and Serenity, October 2016.

So one area of photography that I have had very little experience in is erotica. There’s no particular reason why but I think it was because for the longest time I was quite comfortable in my little home studio, but at the same time I knew that it would be useless for any form of erotica photography. I know, I tried it once and although the images were ‘good’, it felt wrong being in such a clinical place as a studio. Well that changed more recently when I found a lovely little location just outside of town, know to many of us in the circles I frequent as ‘Tims Cottage’.

It’s a tiny little place, but if you know how to maximise the little areas that are available you can get a lot out of it. So the location was sorted, now it was down to the models. I had done an erotica shoot there previous to this one, but it was a little ‘softer’ than I wanted. The images were great, but I knew I could do more. Funnily enough the model who got the ball rolling was a lovely girl called Kelly (Link to her portfolio below). She was the one who first suggested getting a girl/girl erotica shoot done. She had not done one before and was really interested what she could do. And she is very comfortable, confident and happy to try out most things!

The second model proved to be a little tricky. At first Kelly had a person in mind, who was more than happy to get involved. But about three days before the shoot the other model had to pull out. Sometimes these things happen and you just have to work quickly to fix the issue.

Then at the last minute Serenity stepped up to the plate. She too was more than happy with what was required, and had a little experience in it – although in her words “…none of the previous ones I ever did was this technical and posed so precisely!”. I’ll take that as a compliment!

So the plan was to really get quite erotic. Not pornographic – I didn’t want anything too visible – but the implication of passionate intimate moments between two lovers. And I think we nailed it. Even though the two girls had not met each other before, they got on like a house on fire. And were perfectly comfortable just trying things out and talking about ideas they had too.

All in all, it was a huge success. I was so happy with how the images came out! Kelly too really got a lot out of it, even mentioning that she got many more bookings purely off the back of this shoot (That goes to show that collaboration shoots can be a great benefit to models when done well!). Serenity too was extremely happy and immediately got back to me to work together again. So result for me too!

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Rage

Woohoo! I made another video! this time it is called ‘Rage’, featuring model Ecce and using the theme music from the PC game Quake (edited by me). It was filmed at an old abandoned asylum which I am so using again! The place has so much potential!

Rage

I’m not doing that again!!!

Hello! It has been a while since I have written anything. I have been just so busy with the day job and shoots and finally the video idea that had been running around in my head for ages!

On the back of the dance video I had made with Sophia West many months ago I had wanted to do another, and while mentioning this to the fantastic model Anna Rose, I stupidly said “It would be great to do a dance video but all in one take!”.

She loved the idea and that was it, I had to do it. She would freestyle the dance and I would record it.

Now it was also a bit of an experiment for me too, as I have wanted to get a budget steadicam setup for future works and you kinda have to have one for a one take dance video! I will fully admit that the result is not 100% perfect – I did do many things wrong. Some of it I could cover up in post, the others only I will ever see and agonise about! But for your viewing pleasure, here is the dance video that we made!

Anna Rose – Freestyle (Explicit Lyrics)

But I’ll say one thing… 15 takes later and a dying model and photographer from all the hard work, I’m not doing that again!

MUL-TI-PASS!!!

Lilu - Kent England, 2016

Lilu – Kent England, 2016

I had a cancellation recently about two days before the planned shoot day – always annoying and expect a blog post about what models should do before a shoot – and usually there’s next to no time to find a replacement.

But not this time! The lovely Lilu (like the Milla Jovovich character Leeloo in The Fifth Element) came to to the rescue after a desperate casting call plea was posted online! And she was all kinds of lovely! And she has this interesting tattoo that runs all up her side and around one of her breasts. I am usually a little picky about tattoos on chests but this one intrigued me!

It was also a later shoot than I usually do. When I first started photography, I used to do my shoots in the evening after work. And it nearly killed me. By the time I had finished the shoot, it would be around 10-11pm, and I am the type of person who likes to then get cracking with the editing. So by the end of it all it would be the early hours of the morning.

This shoot would start around 4-5pm, but to turn down an opportunity to work with Lilu would be crazy so for the first time in forever I didn’t edit any photos until the next day. To all of you models who have worked with me, you know how alien that is to me. But I did it!

Anyway, the shoot was fab, the pics was wonderful, and we both had such a laugh doing it! Enjoy the pics!

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An experiment in slow-motion… on a budget

Hello! So the other day I made a video short. It’s nothing spectacular but it was a relatively successful experiment on how to do slow motion video.

Now I’m a fairly poor man, and the cost of cameras that do slow motion decently aren’t cheap, but I then heard of a plugin for Premiere Pro called Twixtor which apparently is good at slowing down videos in general.

So I got a willing victim, my model friend Marilyn to do some general movements and looks during a shoot and filmed it. Now it was a rush job. I didn’t use a tripod or really be that careful on holding the camera still (and boy, does it show on the raw footage!), but I filmed enough that I could piece together little snippets of video together. Most of what you see here has been slowed from its original 50fps down to about 10-15% of that speed.

The rendering times increase greatly obviously as Twixtor then has to render hundreds of brand new frames of video. But I think the result came out pretty well! I will try some more soon but outside… with a tripod!

Odette – The Greek Goddess

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Odette Flaur – December 2015

Every so often you meet a model and think ‘Where have you been hiding???’, and Odette was one of those times. It’s not even that she’s a new model or not active – she’s all of those things – but when she contacted me to do a shoot I immediately thought of that phrase.

Born and raised in Greece, modelling wasn’t her first job. She was a professional tennis player, and up until a couple of years ago was travelling to other countries to play tennis. But then she got a modelling contract and hasn’t looked back. And boy am I glad she hasn’t. For one she lives relatively locally to me now, and secondly she is stunning. I mean it. She has not only a wonderful personality, but simply one of the best figures for nude work I have seen. I could do a shoot with her every week and not get bored!

Well anyway, she came, we chatted, and got the first bit out of the way. That was the main shoot.

Then we got to the part that we really wanted to try. Body painting. I had been wanting to do a metallic statue kind of shoot for a long time and had planned to do this shoot with another model a couple of months before. For a variety of reasons that fell through but I still had all the bits and was holding out for a model who I felt fit the look for it. Odette was that model.

Now straight away, when you get a lot of this body painting gear, there is pretty much no manual anywhere that just lays it out straight. How the hell do you use this stuff? You see, it doesn’t come as a paint, but as a metallic powder, which you then mix with a mixing liquid before painting. But how much do you use. It only comes in a little 1oz container. It’s tiny! And the mixing liquid only comes in a 4.5f oz bottle. How the hell does that little amount cover an entire human.

Well it does. Jeez I only used half of it. It would seem that a little does indeed go a long way. With just a basic soft brush (I used a one inch wide one from a local paint supplies shop), you can easily cover someone with half of the amount you get. However I did read not to use the mix on the face and to only use the powder directly to cover that area. Handy tip! But the powder does get everywhere if you’re not careful.

It worked like a charm, she looked fabulous as a statue!

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More of Odette can be seen on her portfolio located on Purpleport – http://purpleport.com/portfolio/giuliettarossini/

New year, new lighting…

I finally did it.

After nearly 10 years using the same lights I bought from Jessops (remember them?), I have finally updated my kit.

For all those years I used a very cheap, basic set called Portaflash. It was Jessops own brand of lighting gear for the startup/amateur, and at the time they were a bargain! You got for your money pairs of lights, stands, brollies and cabling to connect the lights to your camera (which had to have sync port). The lights were so basic it had three settings – full, half and quarter. Oh and the modelling on/off switch and the power switch.

And that was it.

Hell the recharge time at full power was something like 5 seconds. So on a shoot it would be flash – wait – flash – wait – flash – wait etc… One on of my shoots patience was a must, but it did allow for a little more chat time!

Eventually though it was time to get a new kit. Now I am a poor man, so I couldn’t be going for the big names, and therefore I was really having to look around. However on a site I visit someone had mentioned a company called Lencarta. Never heard of them and had never seen any of their gear in a photography shop. But I went to have a look. Their price for lighting kits was slap bang right in my price range and the reason they weren’t in shops was because they don’t sell via shops – only direct. So I looked at the reviews for their lights (specifically the ones I am looking to buy). They were glowing. I mean seriously positive. Hell they were rated better than the big names.

So I bought them

smart_1soft1umbI went for the Lencarta Smartflash 2 kit, and like the old lighting kit it most came with two of everything. But it also came with was independently controlled wireless transmitter receivers, spare bulbs, spare fuses and one large brolly and one softbox.

And it blew my mind away. It made my old kit seem stupid in comparison. Firstly recycle times. At full power (and these lights were a lot more powerful) the max wait time was one second. One second. Think about that for a moment. By the time the lights have fired and the model is really just moving into the next position the lights are already charged and ready to go. Also the transmitter/receiver sets that came with the kit now enable me to independently control each of the lights; their power, the modelling bulb, or even to switch the lights off altogether. Before I had to either change which light the receiver was on, or swap the whole light over to the side I wanted it to flash. Bliss!

Another great feature is the air cushioned light stands. So now if you are adjusting the height and it slips out of your hand (poor grip or whatever – it happens to all of us!), then the stand will suddenly slow down in its descent to stop any damage being caused to your kit. Brilliant!

Another thing that was fantastic was their delivery time. Now I bought the lights over Christmas, while they were closed, so I had to wait until they were open to then even start doing anything about my order. They opened the first Monday after new year, and then 15 minutes later I got a text saying that the courier had picked up my gear. Then 20 minutes later I got a text with my delivery slot – the next day. And it was delivered, right on time.

All of that for £5. Amazon could learn a hell of a lot from this.

So Lencarta won me over with their stuff. Which now means that I want to get more gear for my new toys! If only I had the money…


You can see the kit I bought from this link: CLICK HERE

Anna Rose

Anna Rose

Anna Rose

I’ll cut to the chase, I had a lot of fun shooting Anna Rose the other day! And also (and I’ve said it before), when you work with a model who totally knows what poses work best for her, it makes my job as a photographer so damned easy!

On top of that she increased my love of wigs, and she had some astounding ones!

She responded to a last minute slot I had available and was eager to do some fun stuff with me. My reputation for fun and winging it is starting to be noticed in the small circles I currently inhabit, not that I’m complaining! I did however have one idea that I thought would work well with her, and that was to get some slightly more raw shouty attitude pics, with a ripped top or something. So the day before the shoot I headed to Primarni and picked up four vest tops in different colours, so that we could decide what colour would work best. In the end we went for green.

So that’s about it! When you have a shoot that is seriously no effort at all, and with a model who liked to have a laugh as much as yourself, it makes for a very easy day! Oh I will so be working with her again soon!

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Anna Rose’s portfolio can be found on Purpleport – https://purpleport.com/portfolio/annarose/

 

My first video short…

…that isn’t a joke thing or pissing around! A proper little video!

This video features the awesome talents of Sara Mallows, a professional dancer, who leapt at the chance to make a dance video short!
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Okay, so for a first attempt I am well pleased with it. But there were a couple of things I learnt!

  1. Video recording eats battery life! I am just a simple hobbyist, and never got a spare battery for my camera as the one always lasted easily long enough for my shoots before. But an hour and a half in, the battery low indicator was flashing. I had booked the studio for three hours!
  2. You gotta be good with audio editing! I used a dolly for tracking shots, and when I played back the video for the non-music parts, the camera had picked up a lot of noise while it rolled around!