Sunday, 18 July 2010

No Sleep For the Wicked

This past week has been one of the most hectic weeks, what with my father being rushed to hospital, trying to meet photo deadlines in between and prepping for a photo shoot with Sam Beart and the talented MUA Tanya Barlow. It was a three themed shoot, one that had me in fits of laughter, it involved a Henry Hoover and Fire extinguisher! Pics to come soon! I even managed to edit an extra set taken early last year. The theme was Master of Puppets with actor/model Paul Dixon and Deadly Doll. I edited the duo set last year and only just edited Paul's solo set for his Spotlight Portfolio. 

This week I'll be photographing Sepultura, High Voltage festival and the following week, I have the awesome Mary staying over and then we will be off to shoot Sonisphere festival. I predict a mass load of editing! That's my social life out of the window until August 21st!

// Taya

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Alice Got Her Neck Slashed in Wonderland!

I had the opportunity to work with Deadly Doll and MUA Tanya Barlow again. Way back in 2008 or 2009, it was a while ago, me and Deadly Doll decided to do an Alice theme that very year, but work commitments took over. Like many, I am a huge fan of Tim Burton's work and like many, decided to incorporate his style into my work. Tanya, the genius she is, came up with a cut throat idea in the form of a bloody slash! How very Sweeny Todd ;) It added the perfect finish to a very neat Alice! There are two characters thrown into Alice, the Queen of Hearts and Alice. The idea is based on how The Queen of Hearts yearns to influence and harm Alice! A little morbid ;)

It was the first time using another studio other than my own, which felt very strange. We hired Adrian Pini's studio for three hours, and doesn't time fly when you're having a good time! I'm very impressed with the equipment available, including the ProFoto lighting kit! I love the infinity cove, there's much space with the perfect curve! Adrian, was very helpful and friendly, if there was anything I needed, it wasn't a problem. I'm very happy to have found this studio!

We had Andi Gordon of Dark Romantics over, and got him roped into helping, as well as Tanya! Thanks for throwing the cards, and Andi, thanks for throwing them on the floor for me to pic up! :p Oh and thanks for giving me and Tanya a lift to the studio :)

The team have waited a while for these photos (Sorry!), the editing took a while and even longer, what with the London Transport suspending my tube lines! Here's the set below:


I am trying to do less conceptual work and something more plainer. I seem to spend more time in photoshop than with my camera. Instead, I am likely to do up to two pics per set. However, this is likely to backfire, because, for me the photos always seem incomplete! We will see how things turn out!

Here's the plain set from the same shoot:

The next shoot is on Friday with Tanya Barlow and Sam Beart :) Something very different from my usual style and I'm very excited! :) But, before that, lots more editing!

// Taya

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Friday, 2 July 2010

Rockabilly Shoot and Another Shoot The Day After

This weekend, I have chosen to do a fashion shoot for The Rockabilly Pinup Shop instead of shooting the Hop Farm Festival. Maybe I am nuts or maybe I just like to control my light :p either way, I am extremely excited. It's a fashion style I've not worked with before and I will be shooting against a pink backdrop, a colour I personally detest but, could possibly like creatively! In fact, I am excited about shooting against a pink backdrop, I must be going nuts! I am well known for detesting such a colour! The star of the show is the beautiful Ravanna's Dream who is traveling four hours to London and I really hope I can make it worth her while :)

On Sunday, I will be doing a location shoot with three models, I'm feeling rather nervous about this as I am working outside my comfort zone, but at the same time, I'm feeling excited and inspired.

I guess I will be spending the next two evenings editing away!

//Taya