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Showing Them The Door

I saw this cool idea on Facebook (thanks to Dave Rudge!) and decided I’d like to share it with you. I was reminded this afternoon when I saw one of these doors in a skip. Hope you like…

 


The Upside of Downton (part 3)

Finishing up my little series of posts about Fotofilia’s “Downton”-themed location shoot with a few images of both models – Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks – together. Emilie and Joel are great models individually but, as they’ve proved many times in the past, they have a real (and rare) rapport when working together. Anyway, here are those images…

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

And one last image…

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

In case you’re interested, all of these shots were taken using a 50mm f1.4 lens on my Nikon DSLR. Lighting is mainly ambient with the occasional burst of Bowens flash and judicious use of a reflector.

Finally, a HUGE thank you to Emilie (who, as previously mentioned, made two costumes for the shoot) and Joel, the lovely ladies at Haden Hill House for all of their help and coffee.

Links: Emilie’s Linked-in and facebook. Joel’s main website and facebook.

 

 


The Upside of Downton (part 2)

More images from our recent Downton Abbey-themed shoot at Haden Hill House. This time, I’m featuring my images of the incomparable Joel Hicks.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia's Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia’s Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia's Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia’s Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia's Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia’s Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks (with Emilie Walt) at Fotofilia's Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks (with Emilie Walt) at Fotofilia’s Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia's Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia’s Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel’s worked with us at Fotofilia many times and continues to be our most requested male model. Find out more about him by clicking on the following links…

His main website and Joel’s charitable foundation


The Upside of Downton

I’ve finally managed to edit my images from our Downton Abbey-themed location shoot back in late March. There are too many for one post so forgive me if I run them over the next few. The location was the Victorian part of Haden Hill House in Cradley Heath, West Midlands (who were extremely hospitable – thank you!). The models were Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks – both great favourites here at Fotofilia.

Firstly, the pictures of Emilie. As usual, Emilie went the extra mile for her role, researching and creating authentic hair and make-up of the period and even making two outfits especially for the day.

Emilie Walt at the Fotofilia "Downton" shoot.

Emilie Walt at the Fotofilia “Downton” shoot.

Emilie Walt (in a rare sepia shot!) at the Fotofilia "Downton" shoot.

Emilie Walt (in a rare sepia shot!) at the Fotofilia “Downton” shoot.

Emilie Walt at the Fotofilia "Downton" shoot.

Emilie Walt at the Fotofilia “Downton” shoot.

Emilie Walt (& Joel Hicvks) at the Fotofilia "Downton" shoot.

Emilie Walt (& Joel Hicvks) at the Fotofilia “Downton” shoot.

Emilie Walt at the Fotofilia "Downton" shoot.

Emilie Walt at the Fotofilia “Downton” shoot.

More images to follow (Joel next time)…


After Hours

Forgive me dear readers and Fotofiles, I have sinned. The sin of sloth mainly, or at least as regards keeping this here blog furnished with up-to-the minute musings and photographic snippage. In my defence, if it is a defence, we’ve been mightily busy re-launching the Regent Parade studio, planning for the second studio – and a bit of bunking off on holiday.

But I’m back on the case now (sort of) and here’s a few images from a recent Fotofilia group shoot at the lovely Brewsmiths cafe near Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. I called the event a “Retro Cafe Shoot” and 6 intrepid photographers came along to photograph the two models, Chris Czora and Katie-May O’Hanlon, nicely attired in early 1960’s gear (including Chris wearing my 4-button jacket and shirt).

The visual inspiration was the British films of the period such as “Saturday night and Sunday morning” or “A kind of loving” with a sprinkling of  recent American TV series “Mad Men” thrown in. I think we pulled it off..?

Models Chris and Katie-May at Fotofilia's "Retro Cafe Shoot" at Brewsmiths.

Models Chris and Katie-May at Fotofilia’s “Retro Cafe Shoot” at Brewsmiths.

Chris Czora on the "Retro Cafe Shoot" at Brewsmiths

Chris Czora on the “Retro Cafe Shoot” at Brewsmiths

And my personal favourite…

Models Katie-May O'Hanlon and Chris Czora at the Fotofilia  "Retro Cafe Shoot" at Brewsmiths.

Models Katie-May O’Hanlon and Chris Czora at the Fotofilia “Retro Cafe Shoot” at Brewsmiths.

In case you’re interested, I’ve done a bit of de-saturation and film-grain-adding on most of my shots from this shoot to enhance the period movie feel.

BIG thanks to Brewsmiths for their hospitality (incl. coffee and cake), Chris and Katie-May for playing the parts, our lovely participants, and Samantha Davis of Rose & Rainbow Photography for assisting.