Mallorca Oct 2018 – Shooting with Saff

I go across to a villa in Mallorca twice a year and have done for the past 7 or 8 years. I have been either working out there for the model agency when shoot syndication and portfolio shoots were a way of making money in the glamour photography business, or more latterly just going on my own accord usually with a couple of models. This October I was pleased to be returning with Saffron Jaye Richardson. Lately I always try to make it a relaxed time when shooting in Mallorca, the emphasis is usually more on it being a holiday than actually working and this time it was even more chilled. I was familiar with the usual places I might shoot but the last time Saff was out here with me, I didn’t get to see some of the places I like to shoot. So here was a chance for us to shoot around the villa, get down onto some rocks/cliffs nearby, to a local fishing town harbour for some fashion shots, and also take a trip to what many consider to be THE sunset beach in Mallorca, Es Trenc. I took minimal camera gear with me on the Mallorca […]

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Shoot with Millie

Along with another photographer I met Millie when we were contracted to shoot some ball gowns for the catalogue and website of a large, local company who specialised in dresses for proms, weddings and other big occasions. The shoot was in a big mansion and the models we were using were all Miss Great Britain finalists. Millie was one of the models. Millie was fairly local, the other two models were from Scotland and from Essex. So we chatted with Millie about getting together after the catalogue shoot to get some more photos for her portfolio. And so we met up about a month or so later, on a nice bright sunny day and set off for a wander round the park of the town. As well as shooting amongst the greenery, there was a local funfair in town … although closed during the day when we were shooting … but one of the stallholders welcomed us in and switched on the lights on one of the main rides. So all in all, a result, we had some fun chatting and shooting some photos.

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Lifestyle Cafe Shoot

I love making lifestyle photos, I just like the fun and brightness of not just taking the photos but also seeing the results. So it was great to work with local photographer Shaun Bailey and two local models Jess and Olivia to produce some photos that would be used in the portfolios but also on the cafe’s social media channels. Cuckoo Wharf Coffee shop is a lovely cafe right in the middle of Worksop and right next to the canal bank. It’s been done out nicely inside and outside and so a nice bright day, it was the ideal time to get some great photos inside and out. This was the first test of the new Sony A7iii mirrorless camera that I’d just recently bought and so was looking forward to seeing not just the results, but also to get a feel for the ergonomics and speed of operation as to how it handled in my hands. It thankfully was fine, probably not a fast to work around as my Fuji X-T2 and Nikon DSLR cameras, but definitely something that will improve with more practice.

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Shoot with KatieMack

A photographer friend had been shooting with a new model on the scene and he recommended that we shoot with one another to get another style of work in her portfolio and mine. I thought that Katie, who is Miss Doncaster 2018, had a great look that would suit some lifestyle/fashion photos. So I set about trying to think of a location that was easy for us, that turned out to be the main street in Bawtry. There was a nice little arcade and the main street was very colourful with shops, hotels and cafes, all adorned with various hanging baskets and tubs with flowers in full bloom. I was shooting with the Nikon D500 DSLR, the nifty-fifty 50mm f1.8 AFS and the 85mm f1.8 AFS lenses. All together a nice, compact, fast combination of camera and lenses so we could move around town swiftly. I parked up my campervan in the car park on the main street, right outside a dress shop … the significance of that I’ll tell you about later. The camper made for an ideal changing room for Katie. So we did the arcade first, some brisk walking shots didn’t phase the D500 at all in […]

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Photos with Emma Kate Dawson
June 20, 2018 by GordonM in Blog, fashion, people, portrait 0 Comments

Whilst on the video trip with Emma, we took the opportunity to shoot some photos in the park and surrounding area. I wanted to try out some new ideas that were completely informal rather than posed and we both had fun trying them out. Shot with a Nikon D610 and 85mm f1.8 lens most of the time, we strolled around the park near South Shields beach and also ventured into the fun fair too. Got told off when we were in the fun fair though because I had what looked like a professional camera, probably should have used my iPhone. It’s not an uncommon scenario I know with photographers and their DSLRs. But we complied nicely and stopped shooting there and just moved on.

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Group shoot with Dan Tidswell and Ayla Rose
June 10, 2018 by GordonM in Blog, fashion, people, Portfolio 0 Comments

I’m not normally a photographer that enjoys the experience of going on group shoots, but I had been looking at the work of Ayla Rose and thought this shoot down on the coast near Great Yarmouth one afternoon would be an ideal … and affordable … way of meeting and working with her. And of course with Dan and the other photographers. It was a nice relaxed day strolling along the coastal path and beach and we stopped at a couple of points to get some lifestyle and more posed photos. Then we came across some trees that had fallen off the cliff-side and now had obviously been on the beach for some time as they were weather-beaten and distressed by the water from the sea. They really were quite striking and graphic. When we came across them, Ayla specifically wanted to climb all over the branches and strike out some art-nude poses. Who were we to argue 🙂 As far as camera gear was concerned, I was using the opportunity to play with the Nikon D500 crop DSLR, particularly wanting to test it out with continuous and fast AF. It was able to copy admirably with both Ayla walking […]

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