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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

Tiles, sand, hats, vintage... the calm before the storm

The summer months are always busy for wedding photographers, but I've still managed to squeeze in a couple of other shoots in recent weeks,
In one of those shoots snatched from the jaws of failure situations, the "Tiles and Vines" shoot finally went ahead. Using Dreghorn Photography's studio, some linoleum flooring and an inspiration image, I enticed along Tracey Finlay to provide her body painting skills and Rebecca and Aimee as models.
I had originally planned to shoot with a body painter I'd worked with before, but she'd had to cancel due to other family commitments. Tracey had been away at T in the Park, which made it all a bit down to the wire in the end, with the shoot cancelled until the afternoon of the day before.
Aimee and Rebecca Body Paint with vines designNow body paint shoots are definitely shoots designed for the patient. Tracey realised the challenge before her and roped in a fellow makeup artist/painter in the shape of Emily Urquhart to assist with the painting.
Rebecca body paint vines design and tile floor7 hours later and we had about 40 minutes of shooting before having to pack up and leave the studio. Still, it gave me time to work out the lighting.
Aimee body paint with vines design and face lace on eyesI'm very pleased with the end results of the shoot. I've shot with Aimee a number of times, including last year's Galatea shoot, but Rebecca was a discovery, also very striking in her body paint and fairly relaxed and laid back, despite this being her first such shoot.
Most of this shoot is staying under wraps, but here's a couple of taster images as well as the "cast" shot. Stuart at the studio, is now also the confused owner of a 2.5mX3m strip of linoleum in black checks...very in this season dontcha know.
My second shoot was a lot more ad hoc, with the threat of the end of the heatwave, I roped in Danielle for a little casual shoot down at Ardrossan North Beach. She found the rendezvous point, decided on her outfits and we adjourned to the beach. Her friend was along as chaperone, something I highly approve of, especially for models meeting photographers for the first time on location. A fellow photographer too, though luckily she remained guarding the clothes so I didn't have to worry about a backseat driver on the shoot. We wandered the beach, went for a paddle, got some nice shots and Danielle managed a couple of acrobatic changes under a blanket. This was definitely a photoshoot light and I quite enjoyed the chance to play without the constraints of a plan, though we both had a rough idea of the looks we were aiming for. All in all, a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday evening. And it did rain the next day, so we sneaked the shoot in just in time.
Last Friday saw me down in Ayr visiting with Libby Kilpatrick. I added her portrait to a project I am doing on Scottish designers, which is still very much a work in progress as both designers and I are often too busy to find schedule gaps to shoot in!
I managed to squeeze in another Sunday excursion last Sunday, with a trip to the Merchant City Festival. The rain didn't let up until late afternoon, but I enjoyed a wander round the continental markets, a trip round the vintage hair salon (no space for me) and the House of Fraser vintage Gatsby inspired fashion show at the City Halls. I also popped along to the Trades Hall and visited with Lisa of Dragonfly Dress Design, who had helped with the dresses and styling all those years ago when I started doing shoots other than just weddings. I also got to meet Mairi Brunning for the first time. I'd shot with some of her millinery pieces last year when shooting with clothes from Lady Jojo's Boutique in Edinburgh. A case of circular blogging here, as Aimee had also featured in that shoot. Though Mairi and I were actually both singing the praises of another model we'd both worked with on shoots, Jenna. It really is a small world.
Next weekend sees me visiting Arrochar for an event, then the following weekend is a big wedding in St Andrews for Aileen and Tom's big day.
Oh yes, and some of my pictures (somewhat edited by the leaflet designer) have featured in this year's Largs Viking Festival leaflet. An older pic from a previous Viking Festival will also be appearing in the latest edition of the Scots Magazine in a very small corner on their list of upcoming events. The last weekend in August and first weekend in September promise to by big ones here in little old Largs.
I've also managed to squeeze in a couple of last minute bookings for August...somehow. A nice evening reception at the Chartroom in Inverkip and an evening mentoring another photographer at their first "solo" wedding.. I think I come up for air again in the second week of September.

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