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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

Drip, drip drop little April showers

I'm sitting writing this update at the end of April and it seems odd to be discussing Spring as sleet, hail and howling winds batter at my window, but such is a photographer's life in Scotland. (this was actually written at two separate sittings, so sunny blue skies are outside the window at day two of writing.

I made my annual pilgrimage to Dundee at Easter for this year's Deecon. This popular event brings together anime, manga and other fans at the university's student union, crams them into narrow stairwells and crowded rooms and gives folk a chance to sell and buy stuff, attend a talk or two and see some films. I actually gave up on going inside this year, but the weather was kind so I was able to grab some of the cosplayers out on the lawns and also meet up with one or two familiar faces.

Sharrow as Iron Lady, a different take on the Iron Man look

I may not have mentioned it here before, but I've done that mid life thing and got myself an old rattling convertible car. Totally impractical when it comes to any kind of major photography  excursion that involves both gear and people. Thankfully my shoots this month just involved me and my camera, or me my camera and my lights so I was able to avoid having to strap anybody to the roof.

Anyway, the reason I mention this is I took a drive up to Alloa in my wee car through torrential rain, (the weatherman had promised sunshine, so I'd thought it would be a nice drive, In  the end I was just glad nothing fell off and the roof didn't leak) where I met Marlene for a little shoot
Marlene Boudoir meets film noir for boudnoir
 This was my second dabble with boudoir style shooting. I'd been to the open day at Steel Studios in Glasgow when they first launched their boudoir set last year but had mostly decided it wasn't going to be part of my regular repertoire as few customers have ever asked about such shoots and there are already a number of established studios that cover this field.
Boudoir, by closing the blinds and throwing more shadow into the mix, the mood of the shoot changes considerably

However, there'd been a few ideas brewing in my head from a photographic point of view. There are different flavours of boudoir, there's a the cheeky pin-up style that tends to be the most prevalent, then the bright daylit soft look that sometimes accompanies bridal getting ready shots. I'd been thinking about throwing a bit more shadow at the bedroom and thankfully Marlene was able to assist with her experience as a model lending her skills to my concept. Anyway, I called the end result boudnoir. Film noir meets boudoir, helped with a little light through the blinds.

Marlene - Boudoir - part of the art of boudoir is finding poses to suit the model, rather than forcing the model to adopt poses that don't suit their look and style.

I also took my wife for a drive in the car with the top down on a beautiful sunny day down to Troon, where we found fog, and lots of ethereal figures emerging and disappearing into the fog on the beach there. I took quite a few pictures and am determined to master compositing them with another shoot I'd done in March against green screen...more on that if I can get the balance right.

My wife in the gog at the beach in Troon

The end of April gave me a chance to return to shooting with an old friend. Punk Morvs and I first shot together a few years ago at a networking event I'd arranged at Mugdock country park, though we'd met when I shot her band at a couple of gigs, the sadly defunct I'm Sick.


She'd since disappeared to Barcelona for a year and been back in the UK for a while, so I was glad to catch her before her travels took her away again. This shoot was just a bit of fun, playing with some of her retro/vintage wardrobe in the sun/rain/sun/wind/sun/rain on a Sunday at Benmore Botanic Gardens.


In between all this of course I managed to squeeze a wedding or three. Most notably Steph and Paul's at the Gleddoch.

It's always hard to get the groomsmen comfortable in front of the camera, but these were a little more adventurous than most!Mr and Mrs Harrison visited the sweet cart before their first dance! I've known Steph and her sister Danni for some years now, off an on, so it was an honour for her to have picked me to cover her wedding to Paul. It was also my first chance to shoot at the Gleddoch, which turned out to be a nicer venue than I'd thought with the addition of some drapes and other details.  A good day was had by all and the rain stayed away except for during dinner! Though it was bit cold and breezy for us to take too much advantage of the views.

May starts tomorrow and with it another busy period, but I have a few days to play before things get serious again and I have to knuckle down for summer season!



Steph and Paul become man and wife.

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