Simon and I decided that we would travel North for a change.
A casting was produced, and from the respondents, the wonderful Kat Folan was chosen.
This was primarily a research and testing mission, and as Simon and I have very little knowledge of “The North”, Kat was our guide.
Our favourite spot was the fantastic Slains Castle, somewhere north of Aberdeen.
I cant help revisiting this shoot with Chrissy last year.
Every shoot with Chrissy is an enjoyable and productive experience.
There’s still plenty more to give from this shoot, and I’m slowly working my way through it.
This is also the first time I’ve used my old, re-vamped desktop to edit (and the first time I’ve been able to use Silver Efex as it won’t run on my laptop. Must need RAM on then graphics card or something); more than happy with the hardware, jury is out on the software.
April saw me away for a couple of days with work, and as always I saw this an an opportunity to shoot people and places that I would not normally shoot.
I had a couple of nights in Lincoln, and arranged to shoot a lad called Mike Pacey. Mike is a dancer by living, but wanted some conventional modelling shots, so it’s of to the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral for some fashion shots.
On the way back from shooting Mike, I happened to pass this place. For some reason, I always have my 210 lumen CREE torch with me in my bag …
I had the chance to shoot with the wonderfully talented Camille Perrin, a model from Glasgow.
The shoot was originally programmed for January, but had to be be re-scheduled due to the snow; we would not have been able to get to the location. The roads were icy enough when we went.
The temperature was around the 3 degrees mark when we got to the location, and about -1 in the shade. Not perturbed by this, and glad for the lack of midges, we carried on with our shoot. Despite being cold, the weather was absolutely fantastic; the sun stayed out and the clouds on the whole stayed away.
Camille has some wonderful work on her portfolio and if you get the chance to work with her, take it.
September also saw a bit of art nude work, with a model from the south of Newcastle called Fizzy.
Fizzy knew this little cove not too far away from Newcastle with dramatic cliffs and secure hideaways.
The only problem with this is that the sun sets in the West; we were in the East. As a sun rise location it would have been excellent, but unfortunately we lost natural light pretty quickly.
It also made me appreciate more the collaborations that Simon and I do. This kind of stuff is far, far easier when there is a second pair of hands.