1. Every now and then an exposure needs cutting back to simplify the shot. I worked the camera three stops down to capture Natasha in the shell seat shown in the next frame.
Chris Hanley and I were in Barça, a funky venue in Manchester having coffee one day in May and we decided to run a workshop shoot there. I wanted to shoot alternative fashion away from the realms of portraiture and Chris set to work sourcing a clothing designer, make up artist an models. It was a one off event for 8 delegates and here are our pictures. The first 21 pictures were shot by me and the final 21 were taken by Chris.
2. I lit Natasha with a beauty dish fitted to my Broncolor Mobil.
3. Barça was full of surprises and design statements. Natasha was lit with a Kobold 400w daylight balanced HMI Fresnel light.
4. The warm PP look is courtesy of Marko. The light was from my Kobold.
5. Simple clean lines and attitude, perfect!
6. I lit Sarah from above with a Mobil powered striplight softbox.
7. I lit Sarah with a Broncolor Ringflash unit. Nothing could be simpler yet more striking.
8. I love to shoot caught moment close ups like this taken while Sarah adjusts her latex outfit.
After lunch we ventured out on to the street to shoot more outfits. We got looks and the girls got whistles – great stuff!
9. A stones throw from the bar was an area rich in texture. I lit Natasha with a beauty dish on my Mobil kit.
10. Many looks can be created in the name of fashion. We keep the best locked into Photoshop actions for later use.
11. Gorgeous light is a must for beauty pictures. I'm loving my 100mm f/2.8 lens at f/2.8
12. Again, I used my beauty dish with it's white shower cap for this shot.
13. I popped a Nikon SB-900 Speedlight set to 1/2 power and shooting through a piece of CTB gel as a back/flare light. I triggered both the Mobil and the Speedlight with Pocket Wizard Plus 2's
14. An alternative PP look is equally exciting.
15. With a figure this good there is a great opportunity to shoot impact pictures.
16. Blues and greens form an out of focus canvas in this scene.
17. A caged tiger caught with my 100mm lens.
18. The sun beat down and the smell of burning rubber was all around. I used a bit of dingle as a shoot through to add to the look.
19. The wild flower meadow was more a patch of scrub land with knee high weeds but is was perfect for this genre.
20. One delegate set up a catwalk shot and I stole this frame on the run.
21. I love shooting from ground level, everything is bolder.
While I was shooting upstairs in the bar, Chris was shooting downstairs. All in all his set are more colourful and punchy. The way we each see a scene and visualise it is part of what makes up our style. Developing a ‘look’ is a wonderful thing to be able to do. Here are Chris’s shots:
Dress designer: Helen Gale
Hair and make up: Samantha Gardner
Models: Sarah Stone and Natasha Jayne Heard
So there you have it. 42 pictures from the one off Pushing The Boundaries workshop in Manchester. Please feel free to ask questions, suggest shoot locations, and feedback on the day. My next ‘off limits’ creative event called Fashion Fusion will be happening at a privately owned estate in Somerset on the 15th July. I’ll be using continuous light for all the pictures and the theme will be corsetry. Please email Blaise to register your interest and get an advance booking opportunity on this limited delegate event.