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Photoshoot for a fashion catalogue

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Behind the Scenes – photographing the Spring / Summer 2015 Hell Bunny Catalogue

Shooting a fashion collection for a catalogue sounds glamorous and a lot of fun. I’d be lying if I said it was not fun…but it involves plenty of hard work too. Here’s a little slideshow to show you some of what goes on behind the scenes.

Behind the Scenes – creating the Hell Bunny catalogue from Terry Mendoza on Vimeo.

Read on to learn more about the entire process i.e what was involved in the photography for the latest catalogue.


Six months ahead the Hell Bunny design team plan ‘poster’ themes- the editorial images which appear on catalogue covers. These are often shot on location. The team researches online and creates moodboards so everyone appreciates the feel they are looking for. This also ties in ideas for props, hair styling and makeup.

Four months out they start the model selection – generally selecting one or more new models to keep the catalogue looking fresh.  I browse my model database of those I’ve worked with and forward suggestions, often putting out a casting call too, shortlisting promising candidates for the company audition.

Once the poster themes have been chosen I start sourcing props – the studio already has a wide selection of retro props, but invariably I’ll scour boot sales, maybe cadging props from friends and family too.  For this particular shoot I hired a couple of candelabras from a secondhand shop.

Next the logistics of ensuring the plan comes together – props/models/makeup artists and hair stylists will all be available on the required dates.

Checklists of props and equipment are prepared. Working away from base it is vital that nothing gets forgotten.   I plan on the assumption that if anything can go wrong it probably will!  So spares of everything  are carried – camera, tethering lead, laptop, lighting units, stands, hard drive, battery charger and so on.

The Hell Bunny outdoor poster shots were taken on a bright September day in South East Essex – some at Westcliff Cliffs, some by Southend Pier and the rest around beach huts in Thorpe Bay. A further rainy December day was spent shooting the  interior ‘church’ shots in a Grade II listed building in the Essex countryside – complete with its own private chapel.

It took five further days to shoot the catalogue shots in the studio.  Shoot days are not for the faint-hearted…some of the team rising at 4am to get to the studio for 8:30. It takes between 90 minutes to two hours for hair and makeup, so with multiple models, both Natasha and Bella have a busy start to their day! It is common for shoots to finish around 6:30 in the evening too.  Once back home around 8:30pm, and the first task is to create an insurance backup of images – never trust a single hard drive! 4500 shots were taken over the week, with the Nikon camera tethered to Lightroom.  With that many images, a very organized workflow is vital.  As each outfit is photographed it drops into its own named file directory, with the designers simultaneously making their image selections.   By the end of the week 850 images have been selected, so the work on ‘cleaning up’ images can start.

Preparing images in Lightroom and Photoshop

– the technical bit!

I use a colour-calibrated monitor at the studio to check images.   Images are shot  in RAW format, and the first Lightroom step is to apply the presets I’ve created, one for each of the three lenses I use. Next I refine Colour Balance, White point & Black Point for each image. Special attention is given to dark fabrics – detail must remain clear whilst not affecting the other tones in the image.   All the images are now exported as Photoshop files using Lightroom.

I now run a batch process I’ve created, which prepares files for individual attention – adding correction layers to each file before saving /closing the file.

Files are now individually opened and checked full size, so flaws can be cloned out or otherwise corrected.  When the entire batch has been cleaned in this way they are all double-checked in Lightroom before being cropped as necessary for uniform size in frame.

Next the entire directory of edited images are output in full resolution to a print directory, and once more as a version optimized for use online. If this sounds time-consuming, indeed it is – I’ve even left out a few steps to avoid boring you!

Anyway, around ten days after the conclusion of the shoot the entire batch of 850 images is uploaded so the webmaster can get busy uploading images to the site. The designer of the new season’s lookbook now has all the materials he needs to assemble the new season’s catalogue…and it is time to start scheduling the next season’s shoot!

I love my work – looking back on 2014

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

I often read the tag #lovemywork, and that certainly describes my situation – this has certainly been one heck of a year!

So here’s just a brief overview of the past twelve months, which started brilliantly, with photographing in New Zealand and Australia…fabulous countries for landscape work, and wonderful friendly folk too.

Lake Mapourika, South Island, New Zealand, early morning

Lake Mapourika, South Island, New Zealand, early morning

Gratifyingly, a number of fashion companies started using my services for the first time, and there has been a great interest in my location fashion shooting – in 2014 I did more location shoots for catalogues/editorials than the previous two years combined! I’m posting some examples, but oftentimes fashion shoots have to remain ‘under wraps’ until release of catalogues.

Hell Bunny poster shoot 2014

Hell Bunny poster shoot 2014 featuring Miss Betsy Rose

Portia Victoria (L) and Devon Mayson for Banned Apparel

Portia Victoria (L) and Devon Mayson for Banned Apparel


Hell Bunny poster shoot 2014 featuring Miss Betsy Rose and Frankii Wilde

Location photoshooting – Hell Bunny SS14 catalogue

I’ve been fortunate enough to get to shoot in Canada, Luxemburg, Germany and several times in the USA.

During the year I achieved the qualification of Licentiate Photographer with the Society of International Fashion and Glamour Photographers, and over the past few months I have also been honoured by them with the accolade of a Gold Award for some of my images….such as these:

Portrait - Helene Atsuko

Portrait – Helene Atsuko


Fine Art Gold Award - The Societies. Shot in upstate NY

Fine Art Gold Award – The Societies. Shot in upstate NY


Societiies Gold Award - Nature, Fern - New Zealand

Societiies Gold Award – Nature, Fern – New Zealand

My work featured in a number of publications, and on various magazine covers too.

Sophie St Villier gracing the cover of Vintage Life

Sophie St Villier gracing the cover of Vintage Life


Leanne James - Inked Magazine

Leanne James – Inked Magazine


I was happy to sponsor both Burlesque Idol and Pinup UK again – acting as one of their judges for the latter.  I was also invited to judge the Miss Pinup Scandinavia, and to run a pin-up photography studio at Rat Fink Reunion in Avesta, Sweden.

Finalists of International Section Miss Pinup UK

Finalists of International Section Miss Pinup UK

Fighting the hot sun and having a great time Helena, Ariel and Kandi (L to R)

Fighting the hot sun and having a great time Helena, Ariel and Kandi (L to R) at Avesta, Sweden

December saw a flattering profile of the studio published in Pinstriping and Kustoms magazine – thanks guys!

Pinstriping & Kustoms magazine feature

Pinstriping & Kustoms magazine feature

I feel both fortunate and humbled to have been able to work with so many lovely models and great teams of MUAH and art directors. I am not going to name names as I know I’ll only leave someone out, so thank you to you all.   I have put together headshots of some of the models I’ve photographed – it has been a real pleasure working with you all. models and actor headshots models and actor headshots models and actor headshots

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I wish you a healthy and happy 2015.  For myself I am delighted to have already scheduled photoshoots with so many loyal clients, and excited to be welcoming a number of new ones too.

Finally, a note to myself – must do better on my blog in the coming year; my last post was ages ago…simply down to workload!

Shooting in New York State

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
I am a people photographer, but take me out of my regular environment and I’m happy as Larry shooting everything and anything, whether it moves or not.

Shooting into the light

I have been spending a few days in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York before heading to the warmer climes of Florida.  The weather here is chilly but bright and we are travelling in a valley beside Cayuga Lake.    The sun is visible weakly behind the thick mist coming off the lake. It is ideal to be able to shoot directly into the sun to create some really atmospheric effects.
Foggy day at Cayuga Lake

Foggy day at Cayuga Lake

I love the receding planes of lesser contrast as the mist obscures the detail of the trees.  Shooting in this way turns a relatively nondescript scene into a hauntingly beautiful landscape, where you expect a werewolf to be lurking just out of frame!
I always shoot in RAW as it allows later experimentation on alternative colour balance decisions. In this instance, because you would be more likely to spot that lurking werewolf after dusk, I pulled the balance towards the blue end of the spectrum.

Shooting nothing!

During these trips I spend a lot of time shooting textures and scenes that I can later integrate with studio model shots – you are bound to see the above scene cropping up in my work sooner or later. It is always a source of amusement that on our vacations whilst my wife is busy shooting scenery I am shooting the sides of rusting dumpsters and grungy cracked walls! Other photographers hurry to my side to ensure they are not missing a photo opportunity, only to leave with a puzzled look when they find I am apparently shooting nothing!

Photographing into the light

Long shadows - Finger Lakes

Long shadows - Finger Lakes

The next morning presented a further chance to shoot into the light. When the sun is near the horizon, not only does the light take on a warmer orange hue, but the strength of the light is less, keeping the flare when shooting into the sun more manageable.
As I didn’t get out as early as I had intended,  there were elongated shadows which help make the image more dramatic, but the sun was also a little higher and stronger than I really wanted. I solved this by moving myself to frame the image with either branches or trunk blocking some of the sun’s rays.

The Emerald Isle – weekend break

Sunday, October 28th, 2012
One of the many coves west of Tramore

One of the many coves west of Tramore

My wife and I needed a relaxing weekend getaway – the newly expanded London-Southend airport is a mere 10 minutes from home, so we decided on a quick hop to Waterford in Ireland, one of the recently introduced destinations. Unfortunately the taxi to the airport decided we should take the scenic route, taking us in a wide arc away from the airport before heading back; maybe his ticking meter was a factor!

London-Southend airport is very impressive; it is clean, friendly and efficient…and without the bustle and crowds of the major airports.   It was just a short flight and we were at Waterford airport collecting our hire car.  Our base for the weekend was a delightful B & B, Glenorney, where we were made very much ‘part of the family’ by Marie. Not only was it cosy and clean, but check the image at the end of the blog post to see sunrise from our bedroom window.

Ireland is famed for its scenery, so for the first couple of days we toured from deserted cove to deserted cove, exploring the Copper Coast, where copper mining used to take place. The landscape is rugged and beautiful, with craggy cliffs and wide sweeping bays, well worth a visit.

Tankardstown, a 19th Century copper mine in Bunmahon

Tankardstown, a 19th Century copper mine in Bunmahon

Tankardstown - working up a thirst!

Tankardstown - working up a thirst!

Just as I got out of the car to shoot the old Tankardstown copper mine on the brow of the hill, these guys rounded the bend.

A great place to chill out –   a warm welcome!

The weather was blustery and skies overcast (this is October after all!), but wherever we drove we were greeted by warm welcoming smiles and great hospitality.  When we strolled around the towns and villages, people would stop their cars to let us cross the road…a rather different experience to that encountered in say London!

 Crystal clear

Mention Waterford and everyone immediately associates the name with fine lead-crystal.  The highlight of our trip was our tour of the Waterford Crystal workshops – it was fascinating to watch the many years of skills in glass blowing, carving and decorating being demonstrated by these master craftsmen.


Waterford lead crystal - superb craftsmanship

Waterford lead crystal - superb craftsmanship

The factory is well designed, offering tourists a close view of each aspect of the process and our guide Sean, a former cutter at the factory, was a mine of fascinating information.

Checking the glass in the furnace

Checking the glass in the furnace

Out of the furnace, the glass is prepared for blowing

Out of the furnace, the glass is prepared for blowing

Blowing the bubble, which will become a bowl

Blowing the bubble, which will become a bowl

A wooden template, and a lot of skill, ensure the blowing will be symmetrical

A wooden template, and a lot of skill, ensure the blowing will be symmetrical

Using inked guidelines the cutter works to produce the precise design

Using inked guidelines the cutter works to produce the precise design

No room for the slightest error here

No room for the slightest error here

It takes thirty years to develop the skill to create such intricate art

It takes thirty years to develop the skill to create such intricate art

The etching work above takes a week to complete one single piece – this man is both artist and master craftsman – drawing the design by hand first.

Some of the etching tools - I just love 'pattern pictures'

Some of the etching tools - I just love 'pattern pictures'!

Finished work - this one is on a vase

Finished work - this one is on a vase

Horn gramophone - only eight inches high.  Amazing!

Horn gramophone - only eight inches high. Amazing!

Sunrise, as seen from our room in Tramore

Sunrise, as seen from our room in Tramore

So, if you are looking for an inexpensive relaxing weekend break amidst stunning scenery and welcoming people, I would heartily recommend Waterford!

Belated update – recent publications

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

I was doing so well with this blog, and then a slew of photography projects landed in my lap all at once,  leaving me no time to attend to the blog.

In the past week I’ve photographed a bevy of beautiful ladies who belong to a burlesque school…at the end of each term the graduate feather boa twirlers and fan dancers have the opportunity to come to the studio and shoot a variety of images of their choosing.  It was a great day with all sorts of styles ranging from the typical burlesque outfits and poses, through to 1920 styled nudity (all very innocent), to FHM glamour and much much more.  With seven ladies, it kept my make-up artist and hair stylist incredibly busy, and the participants were delighted with the results – some are being produced as presents for spouses and partners so I can’t post any here.

I’ve also been on location shooting a group of powerful models, all with very long orange arms…but these were demolition machines for a commercial brochure!

Instead, here’s a small sampling my work on or in recent publications.

Tattoo Collection

The ever delightful Cherrie Mae features on Tattoo Collection

The Tattoo Collection is available online or in your local magazine rack

Betsy Rose on Vintage Life cover

Miss Betsy Rose on Vintage Life cover

Vintage Life is at W H Smith or visit their website. Miss Betsy Rose is a wonderfully accomplished burlesque artist and model – check out her website.

Atomic Bombshells

Atomic Bombshells - Acid Doll feature

At the beginning of the year I enjoyed a very productive shoot in Brighton – above is the gorgeous Acid Doll, featured in issue 3 of Atomic Bombshells. This magazine also showcases Kristelle O’Chocolat  (below) – I guarantee you will be seeing more from this stylish pin-up model!


 Kristelle O'Chocolat in Atomic Bombshells

Kristelle O'Chocolat in Atomic Bombshells


Rachel Goodwin on Tattoo Revolution Magazine

Rachel Goodwin on Tattoo Revolution Magazine

The above is newlywed Rachel, in her wedding gown (really!). Tattoo Revolution Magazine can be found in your local newsagent.

SINderella in Vintage Life

SINderella in Vintage Life

The always cute SINderella above, in Vintage Life, and again below in latex from Striptease Magazine

SINderella again - in Bella Morte Magazine

SINderella again - in Bella Morte Magazine

Vintage Life

Vintage Life - Beau Burlington featured here

Jacqui Gladden, modeling one of her own vintage outfits

Jacqui Gladden, modeling one of her own vintage outfits

Tanya Bratz on Tattoo Revolution Magazine

Tanya Bratz on Tattoo Revolution Magazine

Tattoo Revolution Magazine , once again.

Vintage & Homemade living - Tilley

Vintage & Homemade living - Tilly Batchelor

Collectif Autumn/Winter 2012

Collectif Autumn/Winter 2012 - Millie Dollar

Bella Morte - Taboo edition - Juliette October

Bella Morte - Taboo edition - Juliette October

Skin Shots - Cherrie Mae

Skin Shots - Cherrie Mae

Vintage & Homemade Living

Vintage & Homemade Living

Vintage & Homemade Living edition 3

Vintage & Homemade Living edition 3 - cover model Daisy

The image below features Daisy and Miss Lula Mae, the latter whom I have had the privilege of photographing in Brighton at the start of the year. The image also featured several unknown holidaymakers whom I had to paint out!.

Fashion feature in Vintage & Homemade Living

Fashion feature in Vintage & Homemade Living

Vintage & Homemade Living is a cracking magazine if you are into the retro lifestyle. A huge amount of care has gone into giving the magazine a distinctive retro feel…I am confident it is destined for great success.  I have been involved with a number of the fashion features, and I can’t wait to share the results of the most recent shoot which combines some glorious fashion with ‘Mendoza’ post production for a grand fantasy spread – once the magazine is on the bookstands I will share more here.

Playful Promises 'panties in a can'

Playful Promises 'panties in a can'

Playful Promises design and produce a range of beautiful, elegant and saucy lingerie. The above is one example from their ‘panties in a can’ range – featuring my photography and pin-up retouching…in this case the beautiful Miss Banbury Cross

Cherrie Mae on Tattoo Revolution no 19

Cherrie Mae on Tattoo Revolution no 19

To round up this collection, here’s the newest magazine, with issue 1 just out, is Tease and Cake – a stylish UK offering, to which I wish much success. The image below is a recreation of a forties airbrush image.  The mirror really was there…which took quite some setting up to shoot ruby without showing too much of the background studio props!

Ruby Woo - in Teas and Cake Magazine

Ruby Woo - in Teas and Cake Magazine

The Great British Tattoo Show

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Yesterday I spent an enjoyable day at the Great British Tattoo Show at Olympia, put on by Skin Deep group of publications.

Alongside a host of great tattoo artists, there were stalls aplenty featuring alternative clothing, jewellery and lingerie, so even if your primary reason for attending was not to add another design to your skin, there were plenty of high quality diversions and entertainment to occupy you.  Rather than boring you with a ‘what I did today’ account,  here’s a little pictorial impression of the day.

Graffiti Life

Graffiti Life - for when a body is just not a big enough canvas!

The Graffiti Life team were working away for the entire time I was there, creating an amazing and massive mural…it did make me wonder what would become of the work of art once the weekend drew to a close.

Box Jump

Box Jump - high flying BMX bikes

These guys were shooting up ramps and “high jumping” over a beam which must have been ten feet or more above the ramp.

New ink

One over over 120 tattoo artists, hard at work


Fashion shows

Fashion show with Spirit Models

There were regular fashion shows thoughout the day, featuring everything from streetwear to lingerie, modelled by  the amazing models from Spirit Models.

Beatrix Von Bourbon

Beatrix Von Bourbon - seductive burlesque diva

Beatrix Von Bourbon started her act with some great comic ideas, then really used her body and the stage to great effect.

I need a tattoo please...

Deciding where the next tattoo should go

Body Painting

Body painting with Retro Beauty

Charlotte Docker of Retro Beauty concentrates as she carefully applies body paint…by the end of this work the model was clad in seamed stockings – all painted on!

Compere Paul Sweeney

Compere Paul Sweeney

No, not Travolta…but Paul did have the crowd laughing as he linked between one show and the next. He instructed the audience in Mexican waving before moving on to Mexican clapping…one funny guy.

Lingerie with Spirit

Lingerie with Spirit

The lingerie show - grand finale

The lingerie show - grand finale

Millie Dollar

The sensational Millie Dollar

Millie had a sensational routine, and boy could she shimmy!  I have to say that both burlesque acts were classy and superb, and the personality of each girl really came across.

Engineers of Desire

Engineers of Desire - fashion show finale

Steempunk, whips, fire…Engineers of Desire had it all (including, I noticed, a guy standing beside the stage with Fire, Health and Safety emblazoned on his back!)

Engineers of Desire

Engineers of Desire - can you smell something burning?

Engineers of Desire

Engineers of Desire - yep, definitely can smell burning!

 More pictures…

I have put together a pdf proof booklet with around 150 images.  (Note this is a 16Mb file so  it will take time to download!)

If you find any images you would like for use on Facebook or your own website, then please email me the image numbers on and I will be happy to email you the web-files.  All I ask for free use is that you post the image/s with a credit to me and linked to


Mad March – photo shoots at Retro Photostudio

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

There have been so many shoots going on this month that I have been somewhat remiss in keeping the blog updated!  So this entry is going to be a brief overview of just some of what has been happening at the studio (as time permits I will blog separately about some of the other interesting shoots this month).

I’ve sponsored the Burlesque Idol competition for some years. The winner from each heat enjoys a free shoot at the studio. Burlesque Idol is the brainchild of House of Burlesque, and when looking to find a link for this blog happened across Tempest Rose’s HOB blog, which quite made me blush…so thank you kindly!This month it was the turn of the delightful Peggy de Lune. It is always great working with trained actors – providing a variety of facial expressions is second nature (to them…not me!), and Peggy was no exception. She has such an infectious sense of humour it was difficult to get serious shots with all the laughter going on! Anyway, she is a huge fan of Betty Grable, so we recreated the iconic image. Expect to see more results from this shoot in forthcoming Vintage Life magazines.


Peggy de Lune

Peggy de Lune channelling Betty Grable

Speaking of Vintage Life, the new issue has headshot of Miss Lula Mae from last year’s studio shoot, and a spring-cleaning shot of Miss Envy Greene– see below. If you are into the vintage lifestyle take yourself off to WHSmith and grab a copy!

Lula Mae

Miss Lula Mae


Miss Envy Greene

Miss Envy Greene


On location for a clothing photoshoot

Early this month I enjoyed a shoot for ASOS Marketplace for Collectif at Camden market, featuring SINderella Rockafella.

SINderella Rockafella

SINderella Rockafella

This model visited the studio a few days later and we shot some interesting latex designs – the style below comes from Hellcat Latex.

Sinderella Rockefella

Sinderella Rockefella in Hellcat Latex

Time for bed…in latex!

More recently models Juliette October and Anthony Brooking came to the studio for another latex shoot, this time featuring the new nightwear range from the talented people at Catalyst Latex. Their site is well worth a visit.

Juliette October & Anthony Brooking

Juliette October & Anthony Brooking in Catalyst latex


Juliette October - sleepwear by Catalyst Latex

Juliette October – sleepwear by Catalyst Latex

There have been a slew of other shoots, both for tattoo magazine covers and for clothing companies but I am keeping all those images under wraps until publication!

Vintage, retro & rockabilly at the Pelirocco

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Last Friday we loaded the car down with retro props, camera and lighting gear and set out for Brighton.  Our destination – Hotel Pelirocco…the goal to get shots of the various strikingly different themed rooms, then to do a shoot with a number of talented models.

Fortunately we were based in the Bettie Page room which is only on the first floor – it proved easier to drag the bags of kit up the stairs rather than squeeze into the pint-sized lift!   Some of the rooms are perfect for shooting, although our room of choice had already been booked.  I won’t tell or show too much here as the images are slated for use in a couple of magazines.

Time would be tight, as new guests would be checking in mid-afternoon, but in the interim we were lucky to have been offered a window for shooting in an additional four rooms.  So as soon as each model was made-up and coiffed, it was a choice of outfits and off to one of the rooms.  After a day of climbing up and down four flights of narrow stairs, carrying lighting and cameras, my knees really started to let me know they were not happy!

 Brighton early…

It was bright and early on the Saturday when we welcomed Verity and Gemma from The Vanity Box who were to look after the hair and make-up.  Space was at a premium, so the girls set up in the bathroom area.  I have to say that this team created some amazing retro looks, working from the most cramped area you can imagine.

The Vanity Box, hair and make-up

Gemma attends to Acid doll (L) as Verity coiffes Miss Phoenix

 Dresses, lingerie and…

We were really lucky in our outfits as we had a wide selection for the girls to model: first there was a selection of vintage lingerie, corselettes, bras, girdles and vintage stockings from Sleek ‘n Chic.  You can view a couple of the outfits here.

Then we had rockabilly and retro dresses from Lady-K-Loves and Outerlimitz, and jewellery from Bow & Crossbones.

 The models…

By 8:30am Sam Huggins was undergoing her transformation as our first model.  This was Sam’s first vintage shoot, and I thought she did really well…although every time she caught sight of her reflection she could not believe it was really her!

Sam Huggins

Sam Huggins

From there on until 6:30pm was a blur of photography (maybe an inappropriate turn of phrase there!) as Miss Lula Mae arrived, followed by Acid Doll and Miss Phoenix.  I have shot with all three of these models before.

Acid Doll was over on a fleeting visit from Belgium, and has the pin-up style really sewn up.  She is a chameleon, always able to produce different looks and a consummate professional.  Lula Mae has a classical vintage look, and an amazing collection of vintage outfits…she could have stepped straight out of the pages of a fifties Vogue magazine!  Miss Phoenix is an up-and-coming burlesque artist with gorgeous red hair and great expressive eyes.

Miss Lula Mae in pensive mood

Miss Lula Mae in pensive mood, wearing one of her vintage dresses

Acid Doll, channelling Bettie Page, at the Pelirocco Hotel

Acid Doll, channelling Bettie Page, at the Pelirocco Hotel

Miss Phoenix modelling Bow & Crossbones jewellery

Miss Phoenix modelling Bow & Crossbones jewellery and Lady-K-Loves dress

The technical stuff

For those interested in the photography side, my goal was to rely as much as possible on natural light, supplemented by either diffused flash or reflectors, just to fill in shadows.  I’ve always tried to shoot at low ASA to minimize grain, and today, on my Nikon D700 I worked between 200ASA and 800ASA.  This created a few issues, the primary one being the wide apertures and slow shutter speeds.  Often I found myself shooting with aperture wide open, and sometimes with shutter speeds as low as ¼ second, not the best recipe for sharp images!  To minimise camera shake I used a monopod, but there were a percentage of images where slight movement of the model gave unwanted motion blur. In the future I will have greater confidence in the camera’s higher ASA speeds!

The results…

It took quite a while to check and sort the results, but I am delighted to say there are several hundred really good shots which you should soon be able to enjoy on the stockists’ websites, and in various magazines too.  A big thank you to all involved, including my wife Debbie who helped style and ironed all the outfits too!

Actuality – photography – NYC

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

During our recent NYC trip,  after spending some hours walking the very chilly Manhattan streets, we decided on a coffee stop to warm up.  On the way in we were approached by a guy who asked if we could help him out with a coffee.  He looked far colder than we were so we invited him in to join us.

Over the coffee, Jack Crow entertained us with our very own personal close-up magic show – which was really impressive.  He then let us onto the secrets of how he had done the tricks…which was even more impressive, but I won’t share those with you!

Jack also related a little of his chequered career, which included travelling with a circus and a trip to England, where he did not manage to see anything apart from the inside of the airport;  the Border agencies held him, due to his lack of funds, before returning him the same day to the USA.  Despite the slightly precarious lifestyle he seemed very positive…outlining his plans to enrol to study recording techniques (he is also a musician).

He survives by performing his magic in the Manhattan streets and subway, spending nights sleeping rough in shop doorways – if you imagine temperatures around 7 degree Fahrenheit coupled with 20 mile an hour winds, that is one tough way to survive.

Photography – the technical background to the images

I shot Jack in the cafe, then suggested we shoot outside, his normal performance arena, to which he readily agreed. This was my first opportunity to put my Nikkor 14-24mm wide angle lens through it paces. By now it was dusk, so I racked the ASA up to 800 on the Nikon D700 and added fill-in flash. Even so I was shooting on F4.5.  The wide angle of the lens meant I needed to get within 3 feet of Jack to make him dominate the frame…I love the wide-angle distortions, which I feel adds impact.  The first image was taken with me crouching at knee level.

Jack Crow - magician NYC

Jack Crow - magician NYC


Jack Crow - find the card

Jack Crow - find the card


Solene – cover girl

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

What a lovely surprise to see Solene’s smiling face gracing the cover of January’s Milkcow Vintage, when the magazine popped through my letterbox today.  The day Solene came for the shoot we really worked hard, shooting catalogue shots for Sleek ‘n Chic, and editorial images, of which this is one.

Milkcow Vintage - covergirl - Solene

I do owe a big thank you to Caroline and Peter Tuffrey for generously allowing me to use their amazing home as a location.  When they took it over the original owners apologised for its ‘dated’ look – but it had been just what the Tuffrey’s had been looking for!

Since then they have painstakingly restored and recreated a wonderful fifties environment.  Just to give you a better flavour of the ambience have a look at the images below, shot back in July for Bamboo Bettie range of retro dresses.

Bamboo Bettie retro dresses