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Nude In The Landscape – With Rosa Brighid THIS SUNDAY!

Once again, this weekend we’re off to our top secret location for another shoot with (in my opinion) one of the country’s best nude models – Rosa Brighid. The location is a private and secluded smallholding in rural Warwickshire with a beautiful mill race stream, 2 lakes, a barn, stables, lakeside hut, boat, and the most beautiful old trees. There are still a couple of spaces – get in touch if you’d like to come along.


A Special Evening With Kate (part 4)

A few final images from my shoot with the lovely Kate Anne Cooper at Fotofilia this week. After the various other sets, where better to end up than the cafe? Our cafe. Or rather the excellent Urban Coffee Company cafe which is also situated within the BOM (Birmingham Open Media) building. Sadly, the staff had long since gone home but at least we were able to use this brilliant location for a few final shots before we were finally beaten by the clock.



Getting Flashy With Megan

Last weekend we ran a fully-booked workshop entitled “The Speedlight Studio” which focussed (sorry) on how to use battery-powered strobes/speedlights in place of the usual mains-powered Bowens kit that we usually use at Fotofilia. We began with a single light, building up to a 3-light set-up using coloured gels and even worked with combining ambient and flash for some interesting white balance contrasts.

Our brilliant model, Megan Mercy (formerly Megan Jaye), provided the perfect subject for our practical demos and here are a few of my shots from the day to give you some idea what we got up to…

We’ll doubtless be running another of these sessions in the near future so to avoid missing out, email us to be added to the monthly newsletter – or just keep checking

Sola Power 2

A few more images from our popular “Light Graffiti Masterclass” with international artist, Sola. This time by Andrew Crawford, who even managed to create an excellent light-bombing selfie…

Light Painting by Andrew Crawford

Light Painting by Andrew Crawford

Light Painting by Andrew Crawford



Sola Power

It’s been a busy ole October at Fotofilia, not least because we crammed in a few completely new courses and workshops before the enforced lull caused by our forthcoming studio move. One of the very popular new events was a one-off masterclass with international “lightbombing” artist Sola, who had previously been in to speak to our two photography clubs.

The event, which we miraculously scheduled to fit in between days of showers, was a sell-out and saw our intrepid group of would-be light-painters skipping around the side streets of Birmingham city centre with an amazing array of light sources – some shop-bought and others completely improvised.

At the end, we asked the participants to send us their 3 favourite images from the event. Here are 3 images by Esther Parker-Duber

Light painting by Esther Parker-Duber
Light painting by Esther Parker-Duber

Light painting by Esther Parker-Duber

You can find the original work of our Masterclass tutor, Sola here.


Good Clean Fun

Remember the 1980s Levis 501 tv advert that launched the model Nick Kamen and put “I heard it through the grapevine” back in the charts? Well we’ve arranged a shoot inspired by that very commercial, in a suitably retro-looking launderette in Birmingham with two great models, one male, one female. on Monday 20th October, 9-11pm. It will be a small group so lots of help on hand if needed, and places are just £50.

The models I’ve lined up are PERFECT for this shoot so it promises to be a great shoot.

Does this jog your memory?


There’s already only a couple of spaces left so get in touch soon.

A Curious Place For A Bear

A recent Fotofilia Sunday morning “Urbex” shoot saw our little group squeezing through a wire fence and exploring a lovely (photographically anyway) old former industrial building in the Black Country. We’ve since found out a little bit more about this location and it’s previous use but to tell you that might be giving away a bit too much – we’d rather keep it to ourselves (and the many photographers who’ve been here since it fell into disrepair). I’m especially keen to use this location again for some other Fotofilia events, but in the meantime, here are a few images from the morning…

And here’s something I really didn’t expect to find when wandering around a dark ruined building with my torch…

Creepy. And speaking of torches, I thought I’d add a few light trails to my shots…

If you’d like to join us for the next adventure at this great location, we have an art nude shoot coming up very soon and I reckon that this complex of buildings will provide an inspiring and varied backdrop. Have a peep at the website for details…