As well as the current busy wedding season I've been gadding about doing other things too.
Back on 4th July I was invited, a bit last minute because their other photographer cancelled, to cover an event at the Castlecary Hotel for Breast Cancer Care. Wearing my charity hat again, I squeezed in a studio setup in a side room and guests were invited to come and get their pictures taken. Profits from the pictures of course going to the charity. It was a grand affair with everybody dolled up to the nines, but as with any photobooth/studio type situation you can never be sure what you'll get. You can try and tell folk that 12 people on a 3m wide backdrop in a 4m deep room probably won't result in the best image, but it's hard to say no! Anyway these 4 chaps snuck in between the couples and groups for their own take on studio poses. A boy band in the making?
A bit before that I'd had a quick dip into the studio with Kirstie to work on some studio lighting setups I'd been wanting to try out for portrait and fashion work. Just slight variants on ideas already in my personal toolbox of techniques, but it was fun to tweak and twist and throw in a gel or two.
Then on to the odder side of things, I had a wee gap in my schedule and a couple of animal masks purchased a couple of weeks before. I've also been wanting to shoot some general about town lifestyle shots, but hadn't got round to it with one thing and another. So the idea had been to shoot with two models, one as a penguin and the other an elephant with a range of shots involving interactions between the couple, various venues and sites, scenes all around Glasgow. Our original plan fell at the first hurdle when the female model who was to be the Ellie to our Pen seemed to have overindulged the night before (or been kidnapped by aliens) and became a no show. But in the end, the remaining model, Ben, was a trooper and we managed to persuade a couple of random folk into the elephant mask.
Those of you up on Glasgow's news will be aware that The Arches closed its doors some time ago because of licensing issues which revolved around he reputation of its club nights and drug consumption. It seemed particularly appropriate therefore that we took our own trip to the back door of this venue and paid our own tribute to this lost landmark of Glasgow's cultural, musical and social scene.
There may be some more adventures for Pen (and hopefully a new Ellie) in due course, but for the meantime I return to photographing the more conventional masks of bridal hair and makeup.