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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

Making Lemonade

It's been a crazy few weeks.
 
I snuck in a quick shoot back up at Mugdock Park with Rachael. We'd met at a bodypainting event a while back, where she'd been turned into a lego girl, but this time the aim was to create some fairies in and around the park. We shot a range of locations and then picked out a few choice images where I could add wings in post to create the fairy looks.

Fairy Photograph at Mugdock ParkFairy Photograph at Mugdock Park
 
Next came a low/high with the wedding of Claire and Allan at Colzium House near Kilsyth.


Claire and Allan Wedding at Colzium House 
I made it just out of town before blowing a tyre in the pouring rain. Naturally the alloys stuck and my touch screen phone was proving contrary in the rain. Luckily a local farmer came along and saved the day helping me get the damaged wheel off and the spare back on. I still made it to the wedding in plenty of time.

Best Man, Bridesmaids and the happy couple in the walled garden at Colzium House
 
We did spend the rest of the day though dodging in and out of the venue to sneak a few outdoor shots between showers. It was a fun relaxed wedding and Claire and Allan, with their families and guests, had a rare old time of it! A sweet touch was the minister officiating the ceremony was the same one that had married Claire's parents and baptised Claire and her sister Helen! Obviously somewhat longer in the tooth now that he was at the first wedding.
 
I managed to get my proofs sorted and the items ordered from the lab the following day. A family emergency then kicked in and I had to whisk myself away to Spain. Boiling in the heat, dealing with Spanish bureaucracy and whatnot, I did distract myself by trying to identify which bits of the local towns would make the best photoshoot locations!
 
Simple beauty photography using natural light and a little studio lightingAfter all that I returned to the UK a while ago. With a last minute call I decided to give myself some photography therapy and had a quick morning shoot with Nisha, a model I'd worked with off and on over the last few years. The concept is loosely framed around the idea of a wallflower, and I may well continue this with a few more shoots and different outfits/models if time allows. Basically playing with simple, mostly natural light and a little soft fill and relying on the model's movement and poses to give life to the images and the clothes.Simp


 









A more elaborate edit combining a black and white image and a flower taken separately.The following Sunday was a real jump into the deep end as I switched from still photography to video for the first time. A friend had devised an idea for a quick comedy sketch. With some toing and froing I'd managed to pull together a cast of actors and two makeup artists to bring the idea to life. Naturally in the week leading up to the shoot a makeup artist dropped out and then one of the actors had to drop out as well. Luckily a student makeup artist, Emma Bown, stepped in at the last minute and with her help and that of Sophie Crompton, we were still able to bring the shoot into being. I should add that my wife very gracefully stepped in to replace the missing actor, though she wasn't too happy at being aged up to be a granny for the shoot!

 
Anyway the video recording went fairly smoothly and in exchange for future photo services the Merlin provided a good venue to do hair, makeup and changing. The location in Morningside was key to the piece as the alley round the back offered us our own Wild West street.
 
Hopefully things will calm down a little now as we ease into autumn, the volume of weddings eases back a little and the other calls on my time should abate a little. It will be nice to get a chance to do a few more creative shoots here and there.

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