As a wedding photographer the beginning of the year does tend to be a little quieter than high season and this gives me a chance to branch out and dabble in other projects.
The end of January found me standing next to Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh looking across to the docks, behind me a big metal shed and a cargo container off to one side. DOK Artist's workspace is a new venue being created by three artists thanks to Ocean Terminal granting them access to this battleship metal building. The cargo container is also part of their venue with nebulous plans for gallery showings, performances and other projects.
Me? Well I'd never shot in a cargo container before, so this seems like a chance to do so. I managed to persuade 4 dancers to step in front of the camera and the feisty Desert Rose Makeup team of Jo and Pamela.
We shot the dancers in pairs, with Sally and Isolde taking the first slot and then Thomas and Kaja the second. All wrapped up by tea time. After the confines of the cargo cotainer I'm hoping to use their upper floor next time for it's bare industrial feel and a little extra space. Once the place is finished I'm sure the artists of Edinburgh will enjoy their new workstations and inspiring location, though they may wonder at the few isolated portholes in place of windows.
The end of February was the next chance to exercise my creativity after a small flurry of commercial and other shoots (see the next blog entry). I'd planned a shoot last weekend on the beach at Ardrossan, a location that has now featured in my photos quite a lot over the years. This required me to visit Glasgow and pop into Dragonfly Dress Design in Elderslie Street in Glasgow to pick up one of Lisa's vintage wedding dresses. I decided to bunch together my errands and also scheduled a short studio session at Dreghorn Photography with Yas as model and Christine Thompson exercising her student skills on makeup.
I'd recently been studying up on my photoshop skills, so rather than leaving the pictures with a simple background I've been adding some more creative backgrounds to the resulting images.
The final errand was a trip to the Aladdin's Cave that is Titan Props. You could spend a lifetime designing shoots around their fabulous collection of props, but I needed to check out a tin bath and the size of their studio for an upcoming shoot in March. Conclusion, I need another studio light!
So Saturday was the actual planned shoot. Claire brought herself all the way from Dunkeld on the train and we popped into Pamela's (only half of Desert Rose Makeup this time) for some makeup. We then all piled in the car and drove to the beach.
Claire had popped up on my radar because she is a trained firebreather. She's spent a good while travelling and living abroad and is now exercising her skills with flames here in Scotland. So we dressed her in the vintage dress from Dragonfly, stood her on a rock and let her spit Kerosene into the evening light. I was quite pleased with the final results, though I could really do with another shoot or two to fine tune the tricky art of photographing fire against a sunset whilst also lighting the subject.
So March is now ahead and should involve mermaids, beauty, barely clad men and assorted other things...oh and a wedding or four.