York Photoshoot with WikkyC

This was a follow-up meet-up and shoot with Wikky after our successful and very enjoyable trip to Mallorca.  Weather in York wasn’t quite Mediterranean, but nevertheless it was nice and bright and sunny.  A quick trip for each of us coming from different directions on the train, York worked out perfectly as a central location for both of us. The intention during the day was to not just take some portfolio photos but also to give Wikky a bit of photographic tuition as well as she wants to get behind the camera in the future.  Armed with her Canon camera and a couple of new lenses we were able to walk around the streets of York and down by the river.  So I took a few photos, which also I varied at the time with different apertures, focal lengths and shutter speeds so that she could see the effect each parameter would have and why you might choose one setting over another. Anyway, we had a good catchup, Wikky learnt a lot and I took some nice photos of her in a sort of lifestyle/fashion way.  Hope you like them.  

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Mallorca Oct 2019

I took Wikky on one of my regular villa trips to Mallorca and this trip was particularly nice because as well as being her first time abroad, it was her first photoshoot abroad too.  As per usual on these trips there was my photographer friend Les (Toxic Imaging) and also another model.   We all like to mix it up in so much as there’s as much holiday time as there is photoshoot time, so that the trip becomes a time to sightsee, to relax, to eat out but also discover and shoot in some great locations as well as around the villa and pool.  This trip was a little different though as we’d chosen to go up to the north-east of the island in the Pollenca and Alcudia region rather than our usual south-east Cala d’Or trip.  It definitely makes a change seeing somewhere new and there is the task of finding new locations to shoot … and eat …. as well.  But we managed to find some great places to shoot on the beaches, in the local towns and of course around our large villa grounds. My style of late has been to shoot more lifestyle type photos […]

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Cafe Lifestyle shoot with Amy Green
September 3, 2019 by GordonM in Blog, lifestyle, people, Portfolio 0 Comments

Amy is a terrific model and we’ve known each other for a number of years, although we hadn’t seen each other for a while, never mind to have a photoshoot together again.  So it was great to meet up to take some lifestyle photos in my favourite local cafe in town.  Amy knew the routine having worked with me in my style many times before and so we just got down to getting some nice, relaxed photos on what was quite a nice day although a little windy.   I tend to supply the tops/t-shirts that to me “say lifestyle” and what with me having my camper van close by, it’s a bonus to use it as a convenient place to have a quick change of look.  Needless to say, we got some great photos and had a nice coffee and a catchup too.

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Studio shoot with Melissa Alice

I’d worked with Melissa Alice before on my no-makeup project and I just loved her look. So when I had the opportunity to shoot at my friend’s new studio in Nottingham (Unit 17 Studio) I took the chance for Melissa and myself to get together again and just try out some simple setups in the studio. The studio has large windows at one end of the studio and this was the best place for me to do my lifestyle and portraits. So you can see the results below.

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My photo backup strategy
March 28, 2019 by GordonM in Blog, gear 0 Comments

There was some discussion on one of the photography forums about what photo backup equipment someone should use. To me, it’s not just about the equipment. It’s also the methodology of how …. and where … you backup. So anyway it got me thinking that I’d write a bit about how I manage my files. Many people swear by them I know and they really do have their place in a corporate environment, but I have never liked RAID or NAS units for the simple reason some (maybe all) use a brand-specific bespoke Operating System (OS) and software backup programs which to me means the way they store files would be incompatible if I moved it over to a different brand either to upgrade or to recover a crashed unit. Maybe some don’t use bespoke OS and software but I have never bothered to complicate things by finding out which ones don’t, and only use those ones, which to me would be a vulnerable point if for whatever reason they were no longer available or supported. So I keep it all nice and simple and use external portable 2TB and 4TB hard drives formatted to FAT or NTFS, that way […]

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Boudoir shoot with Katie (NSFW)
January 27, 2019 by GordonM in Blog, lighting, people, Portfolio, portrait 0 Comments

I like to mix things up a bit sometimes with my model photography styles. It’s important to experiment and try some new ideas or lighting or poses, always learning something that potentially could be used in another setting. And that’s how it was this time where I was doing a boudoir studio shoot with Katie. The idea was to light the scene minimally with as little ambient light as possible. So the window blinds were closed with just enough daylight peeping through to give nice straight line graphic detail in the final images. The main light was an Aputure LED light with softbox and grid attached and part of the grid was also obscured as well to really concentrate the light to give distinct darkness and shadows around the bed set. I was going to have the final images in black and white and so using the Fuji X-T2 and 23mm lens I switched the internal film simulation to Acros. Combine that with some Adobe Lightroom work and it gave just the look I was after. Check out some of the shots below.

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