Photoshoot

So with the Spider semi-run-in, a nice day forecast and a model friend, Miss Pixie, staying and shooting with us at ours, it seemed rude not to give the Spider a good clean and then go and take some photos.

We had planned a Thelma & Louise theme to the shoot, but as it turned out it was far too windy for that, sadly, so we opted for getting Ali and Pixie to pose in and around the car anyway. Thank goodness for heated seats too…

As it turned out, the car looked just as beautiful as they did:

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Happy Holidays!

Well I’m counting down to our Eurothrash 2014 – a week in Austria on the Sprint GT with Ali and a couple of mates – and I’m definitely in the holiday mood.

This year around Easter I went to Fuerteventura yet again, this time taking my kids and their partners and Ali, which meant the villa was packed and I had to hire two cars for us all thanks to all our gear (and the fact we were six!).  Ali and I are heading back there again at the end of the summer, so much more shooty fun is envisaged!

And I’ve also just booked the first of our holidays for 2015: Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand next spring to start us off in a bunch of 5-star hotels. The second week at Ko Samui in particular should be spectacular with a villa to ourselves with its own private pool, outdoor sofas and rain shower and a beach:

Garden Pool Villa
Garden Pool Villa
Beach View
Beach View

It’d be rude not to take my camera gear and do some shooting whilst we’re here!

Photoshoot with Ali and the MX5

Finally, the weather was good enough and we weren’t too busy to do the promised photoshoot with Ali and her MX5 last weekend.

We went for a fashion theme, rather than lingerie or nudes and as our orders of latex dresses hadn’t arrived, we went for the little black dress with some killer Christian Louboutin heels and set the whole ensemble to a Black Widow/Merry Widow theme:

The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow

Intent

Intent

Ali and Her MX5

Ali and Her MX5

Ali and Her MX5

Ali and Her MX5

The full story is over here on my photography website.

Photoshoot with Ali and the MX5

Finally, the weather was good enough and we weren’t too busy to do the promised photoshoot with Ali and her MX5 last weekend.

We went for a fashion theme, rather than lingerie or nudes and as our orders of latex dresses hadn’t arrived, we went for the little black dress with some killer Christian Louboutin heels and set the whole ensemble to a Black Widow/Merry Widow theme:

The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow

Intent

Intent

Ali and Her MX5

Ali and Her MX5

Ali and Her MX5

Ali and Her MX5

The full story is over here on my photography website.

Ali Brooks and Her Mazda MX5: “Black Widow” Shoot

It took a couple of months, but I finally managed to grab a photoshoot with Ali Brooks and her new Mazda MX5 Sport Venture at the weekend.

We decided to make it a fashion shoot rather than a lingerie or nude one and our latest order of latex hasn’t yet arrived from Westward Bound or Pandora Deluxe Latex, so we ventured out – geddit? – on Sunday morning to a nearby location, bumped the MX5 up onto the pavement next to the “Curlicue” statue and shot away.  Ali looked great in her LBD, Gio Manhattan fully fashioned nylons and her new Christian Louboutin “So Kate” heels, accessorised with a hat and satin opera gloves.

The results can be found in the Fashion portfolio.

Then back, quick change a few boudoir nudes, some involving those fabulous new Louboutins.

Good Friday; Good Drive

On Good Friday, we finally got a chance to take the MX-5 for a proper drive, having collected it on a rainy Sunday before heading off on holiday.

I had arranged a studio photoshoot with Zara Watson up at Milton Keynes and Ali was going to be joining in for part of the shoot.

A to Z

A to Z

This meant that we had to keep the roof up on our drive up to MK, sadly, so as not to potentially leave her hair in a mess. This did show that even at speed on a motorway with the roof up, the car was actually fairly quiet inside.

Our journey back home – via Thurrock Lakeside for shopping – was another story though: having worked out that you can’t lower the roof is the boot is not closed whilst loading my camera kit and Ali’s modelling gear, we dropped the top, turned on the super-efficient heated seats and hurtled off.

I can report that the MX-5 handles superbly on the MK race circuit – er, I mean roundabouts and roads – and that again at speed with the roof and windows down it’s still very acceptable in terms of noise and a lack of turbulence.

After shopping and dinner and despite it getting dark, we dropped the top to drive back up to London. As Ali had been forced to drink wine, she still didn’t get a chance to drive her car either. Result!

London Fashion Weekend 2014

I was lucky enough to be invited back again to shoot the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend on 22 February 2014.

London Fashion Weekend Photographer

The photographers had a briefing beforehand before being given passes to get into the show and grab our places in the pit. I ended up shooting something like 800 images from which I selected a few ones I like, which are now in a separate portfolio called, amazingly, London Fashion Weekend 2014.

This year, I was using a new zoom lens but added a monopod and battery grip to my shopping list (now sourced) to cope better for next year.

Thanks to the British Fashion Council and Canon Professional Services.

London Fashion Weekend 2013

Well I was lucky enough to be invited to shoot the Trend Catwalk Show at London Fashion Weekend on 24 February 2013.

The photographers had a briefing beforehand before being given passes to get into the show and grab our places in the pit. I ended up shooting something like 450 images from which I selected a few ones I like, which are now in a separate portfolio called, amazingly, London Fashion Weekend 2013.

Thanks to the British Fashion Council and Canon Professional Services.

Elle Black, February 2013

I finally managed to arrange a shoot with the fabulous Elle Black earlier this week at her Victorian house in London, just before she moved out.

As expected, we had great fun with the shoot despite my forgetting to take my ringflash and with one of the modelling lamps refusing to work.

I will definitely work with Elle again: she’s a consummate professional and a great person … and she also writes good poetry too!

Edits are under way at the moment, but I’ve uploaded the first couple of edits, one to the Fashion portfolio and one to the Glamour one.