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February 2, 2013

We’ve have been neglecting this blog recently & instead have been busy on a well known social networking site called Facebook. So find out what we’ve been up to recently by having a look at our page there!

As well as information about usFacebook-Izzie & what we’re up to (along with great photographs—like yesterday’s post about our session with the lovely Izzie’s on the right!) we post snippets of news & other stuff that we trust you’ll find interesting. Unlike some others we do promise not to bombard you with fake offers!

You don’t have to sign up to Facebook to see our page & many photographs. So, as much as Facebook would like you to join, just cancel their requests. Just bookmark our page so you can stop by every now & again.

If you are already on Facebook we’d love you to ‘like’ us so we can keep you up to date with what is happening here at the studio.

Click on Izzie’s picture to have look now!

Familiar face

May 25, 2011

Our favourite album manufacturers, GF Smith held an “Inspirational Day” recently with renowned photographers Kevin Wilson and Mark Lawrence at the wonderful Custard Factory in the middle of Birmingham.

Overexposed Holly!

Overexposed Holly!

Helping Mark was a model called Holly who was very professional & patient while each photographer took their turn to shoot. At one point, having moved to a new location, I took a picture with the camera on totally the wrong exposure setting. However, once the amazing Adobe Lightroom photo processing software had worked its magic I was able to produce an artistic picture from a file that would otherwise be only fit for deletion!

While I am familiar shooting ‘on the streets’ with my own Urban Confidence, the locations provided in the middle of Birmingham were rather different to the familiar, genteel, rural town of Ross-on-Wye. We used some of the great open space locations in the Custard Factory, some nearby railway arches and, most spectacularly, a wall of crushed cars in the industrial Heath Mill Lane.

Holly & the wall of crushed cars

Holly & the wall of crushed cars


We finished the shoot back at The Custard Factory. As the rest of the delegates were leaving Holly spotted a striking hanging sculpture called The Deluge & asked for a picture
Holly underneath The Deluge

Holly underneath The Deluge

of her underneath and I was happy to oblige! There are many other sculptures as well as interesting artisan shops so The Custard Factory, just a few yards from Birmingham’s Bull Ring, is well worth a visit. GF Smith really had provided an inspiring day!

When I got back to the studio I realised I had seen Holly a couple of weeks before when reading on the BBC news web site about the BP Portrait Award shortlist. She was the model for a superb 12 foot high painting by Louis Smith naturally called ‘Holly’. We had remembered the painting due to its beautiful classic lighting so she was a familiar face!

Ziggy is brilliant!

We were delighted to support the Ross Gazette’s ‘Pet Factor’ competition. Ziggy, the worthy winner, was given his star prize of a 16 inch canvas. Ziggy is an American Bulldog, he was rescued by his owner after being abandoned. Being only 6 months old he has the energy of a puppy but with a lovely character.

Pet Factor winner Ziggy in the Gazette

Pet Factor winner Ziggy in the Gazette


And, of course, Crufts is coming up soon. To celebrate we are offering £10 off any pet portrait until the end of Crufts 2011, which is the 13th March 2011. You’ll be pleased to know that any pet qualifies for this offer, not just dogs! See our Pets page for details and give us a ring.