I’ve not been in the studio for what feels like a lifetime! IT Contract and Google Business Photos are keeping me busy all hours 7 days a week. Today I was reminded of a past shoot by a friend Stella. She’d come along with her photographer daughter Phoebe and had become my impromptu stylist. Stella posted a link to a video on my Facebook timeline with the message “See if you recognise anyone in this video…“ The link was to Manchester bank The 1975‘s video “The City”, a song that’s getting a LOT of airtime on XFM in the UK at the moment.
Busy with some work but ready for a tea break I powered up my personal laptop and listened to the tune, only half watching while I checked out something on a clients server. Then my subconscious kicked in with a “You know her, that’s Lucy!” (FB) and I had to rewind to the start. Get yourself a cup of something and have a watch
Sir Norman Parkinson CBE, was a celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer. Regarded by many as the father of modern fashion photography and major contributor to the images published by Vogue. Google have paid tribute to him with this lovely Google Doogle on what would have been his 100th Birthday. Rather than copy lots of text from other sites please read Sir Parkinson’s entry on Wikipedia if you’re not familiar with his work.
If you’re in London between now and May 12th and would like to see some of his great work get along to The National Theatre for Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style. Admission free. 020 7452 3400.
- A strong feeling of affection or sexual attraction for someone
- A great interest and pleasure in something
- A tennis score of zero
- A song by many artists, my favorite being “What is Love?” by Haddaway
- My passion for fashion and people photography!
- A twice-yearly magazine published by Condé Nast / Vogue
- A shoot with a vintage Lady Pearls dress, hopefully 2013′s weather and availability of people will allow the shoot to happen this year.
- A red themed creative shoot with a new model Jodi, her man and the red dress above.
- The micromesh body and business suit themed shoot I’ve had a casting call for on Purple Port.
- Some collaborative shoots with the guys following the Bromley Photographers Facebook page.
- The “KCACO” shoot now that I’ve found a fantastic space to shoot out of – big enough to park a few London buses and only £30/hour to rent!
- The “That’s not a moon…” Star Wars themed shoot with Katherine and some of the 501st if we can get the timing right.
So you know some of my passions; people and fashion, what are yours?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Search the web for it and you’ll see numerous sites defining Mwah as the sound made, nothing more. Even if spelt differently.
I think it should always be spelt MUAH and stand for Make Up Artist Here!
With an unspoken “Look at my awesome make-up, do you think I’m going to risk smudging it with anything but an air kiss!?”
Sometimes I wish I wasn’t able to picture things in my mind so well. As the character Cobb in Inception says “What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm?
An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.”
Lady Pearls I had an image I named “The Proposal” pop into my head. Unfortunately the young lady I was going to shoot with moved with work, then put on a little weight, the dress is still with her in storage and image unshot. The same goes for my Dr Who inspired Oswin Oswald tribute shot; I found two models wanting to do it, lack of suitable shoes and dress again keep the image unshot.
On Christmas Eve the family were in a local superstore getting last minute bits. A Scarlett Johansson lookalike walked through the store in a sheer body-stocking or leotard with V modesty panel! In my mind I combined it with a well tailored black suit and heals. In some ways I wish I’d not seen her as now the image is fully formed and I want to get it into pixels. Can I find the right item though? I wish I’d said hello and given the lady my card, if only to find out where she got hers from and save myself from seeing things I’d rather not have seen while doing searches on Google. I’ve searched Google, Amazon and Polyvore for sheer bodysuit, bodystocking, leotard, club wear and dance wear. So far the closest thing I can find is the leotard below. Close but not quite right, so the hunt goes on.
It’s been a very busy but great year, I’m still enjoying my people photography but now also a Fully Certified Google Business Photos Photographer.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!
The shoot reinforced a few things: Anyone can be a model. If they start the session by standing straight on to the camera with a bit of guidance and a little time they soon relax creating more interesting poses. I must have a budget for clothes shopping. Megan and Tyler came with all of their own white clothes, but didn’t have white shoes. Thankfully we found these pumps in New Look. Check out all the local charity shops. Hats, belts and even a white teddy bear were to be found!(read the rest of the post…)
This week Google extended it’s Google Play Magazines service into the UK. Android users can install a standalone app so that the downloaded content can be viewed offline. A good range of initial titles are in the Play Store and I’m certain more will follow very quickly.
My Samsung tablet, bought to help me with my Google Business Photos work while on the move, will be finding itself powered up and active a lot more! Being a people and fashion fan too it was probably an easy guess as to where I’d head first. I’ve bought one of these 10 titles to try it out, can you guess which?
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