Miss Lucy Fur, photographed in Essex: Part One

(Click on the Image to be taken to the shoot gallery). What a wonderful and surprising shoot this was. I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a mini group shoot (just four photographers) at a wonderful stately home in Essex recently. The bigger part of the hall is usually open to tourists, with a separate area where the family who built the house several centuries ago still live. Well, their descendants, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, we had the run of the museum bit. About twenty rooms, and massive grounds, for four photographers. So, not much chance of getting in each others way. The group was being run in a kind of random manner-if a model’s ready, photograph them. Well, yes. Fine. Except I knew th
at more than anyone else, I wanted to collaborate with Lucy Fur, much more than rolling the dice. Lucy’s been on my ‘must work with’ list for at least a year or two now, and when I learned she was attending, well, fantastic. So first thing I did was make sure I was first on the list to work with Lucy. And I was so glad I did. Lucy was absolutely wonderful to work with-charming, a wonderful model, receptive to ideas, happy to leap around the place, and cheerful throughout.

As noted, we had the run of the museum section, and so long as we didn’t break anything, or sit in the especially old chairs, we could move stuff around to our hearts content. So we did. The gallery here contains images from the first hour or so of our collaboration, after which I felt guilty for hogging all of her time, and decided I should let one of the other photographers collaborate with Lucy. It was hard to do so though-I knew we were getting some great images, and I really didn’t want to share. But, even as I did so, I made sure we had our plans for the afternoon session, and the images from the PM will be posted her soon.

I’m thrilled with the images we got, and certainly, the image above is one of my favourite images, not just from this session, but ever.

Lucy’s now at the top of my ‘must work with again, and soon’ list.

Neon, photographed in London

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(Click on the Image to be taken to the shoot gallery) I recently attended a workshop on shooting with various flavours of neon lighting, at Adrian Pini's studio in North London. It's rare that I attend any kind of workshop these days, but this one intrigued me. Definitely a chance to try something a little unusual, particularly in a technical sense, but more importantly, an opportunity to try a few things out before a forthcoming shoot.

There was some stuff about colour theory, I gather, and some technical information on why, etc, which I’m sure was fascinating, but I managed to miss that by showing up 30 minutes late. I then made a spectacular entrance by taking a seat, which then promptly collapsed, much to the amusement of everone else in the studio. Now, I'm no supermodel, granted, but I'm not the biggest bloke on the block either. I may sue Adrian.

Ania, our model for the evening, was fantastically patient, and worked her heart out. She made loads of contributions to the shoot, and managed to stay focussed and enthusiastic throughout. No mean feat, I can tell you. Overall, I would say that I'm pleasantly pleased by the results. Whilst it's difficult to come away from a group shoot like this with images that are truly your own, I'm happy to say that I think I managed to do so. Overall, no complaints from me.

Trisha Lurie, photographed in Santa Monica

(Click on the Image to be taken to the shoot gallery) I was fortunate enough to collaborate on a shoot with Trisha Lurie recently when I visited Los Angeles.

Whilst this was a somewhat hastily arranged shoot, I can't help but be delighted with the quality of images. I wanted to try for something that was a uniquely California shoot, and which was not the easiest thing to do in the UK-a beach shoot at sunset.

We shot around Santa Monica Pier, on a packed Sunday evening. As we drove down to park on the Pier, looking at the sea of people on the pier, as packed as Oxford Street
on December 24th, my heart sank-I thought there'd be no way that we'd get enough space to shoot without distraction or interruption.

Fortunately, we did just fine. We had a few interruptions, and quite an audience from the Pier behind us when we were shooting the yellow bikini images, but nothing that stopped us getting the images we wanted. We ran out of light before we ran out of ideas, however, and I'm looking forward to shooting again with Trisha on my next trip to Santa Monica.