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The Happiest Days Of Your Life?

I occasionally shoot schools – in the photographic sense, you understand, not in the Columbine or Boomtown Rats sense. I do this always with the distant memory of that awkward “sit and smile for the camera” moment from my own childhood lurking somewhere in my psyche, inflicting the same measure of brief discomfort followed by years of embarrassment on my victims (I’m kidding. Maybe).

But if you thought your school photos were bad, you might like to check out some of these howlers. This wondrous collection of “hang above the mantelpiece to keep the kids away from the fire” portraits are the studio (and other) shots that taste forgot. Thank you to Meredith Carroll for very nearly making me spit hot tea all over my laptop amid a hysterics fit. And thanks to Sue Edkins for bringing it to my attention (dry cleaning bill is in the post – thanks a bunch).

Here’s a couple of examples – but first put down the cup.

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Selfie-ish: When Your Best Model Is Closer Than You Think

I’ve noticed that when I set “self portraits” as a project or assignment option for my students, it is usually greeted with groans and the almost audible sound of minds switching off. I’ve noticed that foreign students are much more willing to tackle the self-portrait than British ones. I have no idea why this is but I try my best to encourage people to at least have a go as it can be one of the most interesting subject choices if approached with an open mind. Strangely, the ones most reticent to attack a self-portrait project are sometimes the very people whose facebook and Instagram profiles are stuffed to the gills with “arm’s length” “selfies”. Hmmm.

I recently came upon a beautiful set of self-portraits by a young man by the name of Alex Stoddard who created many of his wonderfully expressive and inventive images as part of the “365 Project” (where one shares a photograph each day for a year). I’ve posted a few here but to see more, see Alice’s excellent full article and interview here.

By Alex Stoddard

By Alex Stoddard

By Alex Stoddard

By Alex Stoddard

By Alex Stoddard

By Alex Stoddard

By Alex Stoddard

By Alex Stoddard

Alex Stoddard is clearly an amazing emerging talent. His flickr page features work of an incredibly high standard. I hope these images might have been useful to my students who think a self-portrait is always a camera-phone shot in the bathroom mirror.


In With A Crash

Here are a few pictures from last week’s “Studio Lighting Crash Course“. They feature two models that haven’t appeared on public Fotofilia events before despite both having worked with myself for other clients and personal projects. First up is Tom King, a great and versatile young model who came to my attention when modelling for a designer client of ours…

Tom King at Fotofilia

Tom King at Fotofilia

As you can see, Tom’s a handsome lad – but I love trying to show another side to my models so here’s another look entirely…

Tom King at Fotofilia

Tom King at Fotofilia

Not moody enough? Check this one out…

Tom King as his mom wouldn't like to see him.

Tom King as his mom wouldn’t like to see him.

I love this last shot best. Tom really played the part nicely. He’s a joy to work with and will be back at Fotofilia soon…

And then there was Daisy Pooley-Tolkien (and before you ask, yes, she’s related to the Hobbitmeister). I met Daisy a year or so ago through our old mate and Square Magazine editor-in-chief Christophe Dillinger. Christophe doesn’t often rave about anyone, but he raved about Daisy and when I asked her in for a “iphone only” photoshoot, I could see why – she’s lovely!

Daisy Pooley-Tolkien at Fotofilia (with pseudo-cross-process effect).

Daisy Pooley-Tolkien at Fotofilia (with pseudo-cross-process effect).

High-key Daisy Pooley-Tolkien

High-key Daisy Pooley-Tolkien

And finally, my personal favourite shot from the session, which shows Daisy’s beauty to the full…

Daisy Pooley-Tolkien at Fotofilia (using one light, if you're interested).

Daisy Pooley-Tolkien at Fotofilia (using one light, if you’re interested).

We’ll be running another “Studio Lighting Crash Course” in a couple of months. Get yourself on the mailing list or see http://www.fotofilia.co.uk/#!learn for course dates.