Now we have reached the final few weeks of winter it’s time to start thinking about looking for this year’s crop of talent. To tell you the truth I have already had a sneaky peek at the casting calls on the modelling websites to see who is actively seeking work but so far no one has caught my eye. I’m getting bad vibes and the shooting season hasn’t even started yet. Not a good sign at all.
Half term holiday and Big Ears is allowed a day out treat. I usually suggest a zoo, I like zoos, but this time I fancied a bit of gazing at the scenery so I said what about the British Camp in the Malvern Hills. It’s been a few years since I last dragged my sorry arse up there so I warned my younger female companions that I could well have heart failure on the ascent. My choice wasn’t well received, too much like hard work and more to the point no shops! Anyway I got my way and we reached the top with me only taking 3 or 4 oxygen breaks on the climb from the car park. It was a misty day so the views were restricted but I still love it up there. I have a little bit of envy for people who live in areas like this. They are surely fitter than the flat earth dwellers and photo opportunities are plentiful and prettier.
If you were ever unfortunate enough to visit the Chateau de Vaughan you would be shocked to find just how little space I have to work in. I always struggled to do full length shots until in a moment of madness I stood the model in the stairwell. The results were not brilliant but better than I expected and after a few more attempts with various adjustments to the lighting it has now become my default set-up when dealing with leggy young ladies.
One of my final shoots of last year. With the mildish autumn weather, which is more than can be said about this spring, we were able to get outside for a while. The lighting though was a typical British mishmash of one minute sun out next minute sun in so I’ve had to do a bit of meddling in Photoshop to try to get the colours looking consistent across the set.