Video triggers flashback to studio time with Lucy Cates

by on May.15, 2013, under Fashion

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 :D

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Google doodle tribute to Sir Norman Parkinson, father of Modern Fashion Photography

by on Apr.21, 2013, under Fashion, Portraits

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.

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What is LOVE?

by on Feb.08, 2013, under Fashion

  • 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

The magazine is filled with great fashion photography and printed on high quality paper throughout. With ~ 118gsm paper and 220 physical pages it weighs in at a hefty 1800 grams, yes 1.8Kg! It’s a dream of a magazine for the coffee table of the the fashion fan with many inspiring outfits and photographs. Some of my photographer friends would benefit from a “What makes this a good photo” session when we next meet.

My love for people and fashion photography hasn’t seen much light the last few months with other demands on my time and terrible weather. I aim to put that right in the following months with a number of shoots, weather and studio dates permitting.

  • 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!

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The sound of an air kiss? MUAH not MWAH!

by on Jan.16, 2013, under Fashion

Seeing a makeup artists I’ve worked with update her profile photo with one of the very few selective colouring images I’ve created made me think of the Mwah! or Muah! sound women make when air kissing.

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!?

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Thoughts of clothes like a resilient parasite?

by on Dec.26, 2012, under Fashion

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.”

A couple of years ago when shooting dresses for the Vintage Boutique 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.

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Last of the MARKSE 2012 “Covers”

by on Dec.20, 2012, under Fashion

With the end of December fast approaching and some shoots for hotels to be scheduled over the break it’s unlikely I’ll be in the studio again until 2013.  I couldn’t resist one last MARKSE 2012 “Cover” image from the set with best friends Megan and Tyler.

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!

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First image from Novembers All White shoot

by on Dec.19, 2012, under Fashion

Novembers All White shoot was a lot of fun. I’d have liked more people but asking for an all white outfit was a big ask and probably a major challenge for most. I don’t have white trousers either. Piara also had the clothes but had a mass of revision to do for exams which we agreed had to take priority.

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!

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Newsstand rival – Google Play launches Magazines

by on Dec.16, 2012, under Fashion

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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Kardashian Kollection – A view from inside the 500

by on Nov.11, 2012, under Fashion

There has been a lot of things said about an event that took place on the 11th November 2012 at Westfield London Shopping Centre. So here’s an account of what it looked like from within the 500 as seen by a father. Kardashian sisters Khloé, Kim and Kourtney were in town for the launch of the Kardashian Kollection at Dorothy Perkins. My daughters a bit of a fan and with past experience of a Tom Daley book signing fresh in our minds we headed up early. Unlike the Tom Daley signings this was to be the only UK event and many people were taken by surprise with the numbers that turned out. The lady in front of us in the queue was with her daughter and friend. They’d travelled the 200 miles down from Manchester!
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November all white group shoot

by on Oct.27, 2012, under Fashion

In November I hope to get a number of people, past subjects and new, together for an All White group shot in the studio in Bromley with white clothes and white or silver accessories. Fancy joining in? If so drop me a message via the contact form or via Facebook. The exact date in November is yet to be agreed but is likely to be towards the end of the month.

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