Thursday, 28 June 2012

Exciting times!

Lots and lots of really cool shoots in the works, so stay peeled! If you're lucky I may even start regularly updating this blog shoot by shoot, but lets not hold out too much hope for that.

Anyway, last Saturday I did a shoot with a rather large team; models Joely Osben and Rayna Terror, MUA Alice Bizarre, make up artist & hair stylist Yuya, and shooting a latex item by Rubber Monkey Latex. It was also my first proper shoot outdoors with my new flashgun, so although that provided a fair few problems I think the results turned out pretty good. It was much more of an impromptu shoot than i'm used to, due to Alice only being in London briefly, and for that reason was a lot less serious and conceptually driven than what i'm used to shooting, but regardless it was a lot of fun! My team were all lovely and I enjoyed working with all of them.

Photographing Rayna, don't take tips from me by putting lenses in your shorts back pockets. Photo by Joely. 

Alice and Rayna getting ready, photo by me. 

Alice doing make up touch ups on Joely before we started shooting, photo by me. 

And now for the photos! 




Models: Joely Osben and Rayna Terror
MUA: Alice Bizarre
Hair: Yuya 
Latex: Rubber Monkey Latex 
Photography & Post-processing: RavenBlakh Photography

Alice also shot this awesome video of a few of the shoots she did last week, ours included, so go take a look at that too to see more behind the scenes stuff! :) 


Rayna, myself and Joely, and Joely, Yuya and Rayna - go team! Sadly Alice had to leave early :(

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Still not dead!

Still rubbish at updating this, blah blah blah...

The shoot I was supposed to have this morning got postponed, so i've spent the day doodling and generally not being very productive, when I remembered that I maybe should try to update this more regularly. So have some stuff about my recent shoots!


The lovely Serenity Divine was in London for a brief period, so we planned a shoot with the wonderfully talented Mathilda Lansdown and Mary of Manaka Accessories, and were also joined by Denise and her daughter. It was at the start of that mini heatwave sort of thing we had, and I didn't have the sense to bring suncream because hey, its England, its never sunny over here! And as a result I ended up getting fairly burnt. Ah well, the photos turned out well I think so thats got to make the burn worthwhile.

(after our shoot, chillin' in Costa. Photo by Serena) 

(left to right: Denise, Mathilda, Mary, myself, and Serena, photo by Serena)

(Mary & Serena, photos by me)

(Mathilda doing the fab make up, photo by me)

(Team! Photo by me)

(Mathilda doing Serena's make up in the sun, photo by me)

(Our fabulous group! Photo by me)

And the final results! 

Model: Serenity Divine
MUA: Mathilda Lansdown
Plugs: Manaka Accessories 
Headpiece: Myself
Assistant: Denise Martins 

Then I had a sort of modern-renaissance-esque shoot using the beautiful designs of Mariyana Designer, who is in Beijing at the moment and was unable to join us, but sent along her lovely friend Aisha who shot some behind the scenes film images which i'm really excited to see! We were joined by Aemelia Edwards, her boyfriend Lyle who showed us some fantastic locations (which were a bit of a trek but totally worth it), and Becky Lingham. Fantastic team, lovely weather and a great location made for some really good photos from this one I think! 

(Many many clothes and a lovely spot in the sun! Photos by me)

(Our lovely model after shooting, and a close up of one of the pieces, photos by me)

(Another close up of the first piece, photo by me)

(Becky fixing up the hair, photo by me)

Again for the final images...

Model: Aemelia Edwards
MUA & Hair Stylist: Becky Lingham
Clothing Designer: Mariyana Designer
Assistants: Aisha Al Saif & Lyle 

Another shoot from a while back was one loosely inspired by Ophelia from Hamlet, with Emily Granzow and Tabby Casto, using a lovely headpiece created by the exceedingly talented Amore de Mori. Weather was not on our side for this one so it was a brief and cold shoot, it would have been much nicer to have more time and better conditions to shoot some of the more exciting stuff we had in mind, but ah well. 

(We also got chased by these devil birds mid-shoot. Not my idea of fun, photo by me as I ran)


Model: Emily Granzow
MUA: Tabby Casto 
Headpiece: Amore de Mori

I also finally finished my 'Heroes, Villains, and the ones in-between' project for uni that I blogged about a few posts back. It was fun while it lasted, but i'm glad its finally over now! Here are a few photos from the last few shoots I did. 

'The Anti-Hero'
Model: Sam Clarke

'The Femme Fatale'
Model: Marina F 
MUA: Becky Lingham

Among these shoots, I started a project i'd sort-of been planning for a while now with a team of lovely MUA's called 'Boost! Photoshoots' (you can check out our facebook page here), offering confidence-building photoshoots where the client has their make up done and photo taken with particular attention paid to their personal sense of style, interests, and character, creating some images which aim to bring out their true personality and make them feel a little bit better about themselves. I'd done some shoots for this already, which seem to have had some pretty good feedback so far, so fingers crossed that will go somewhere as its something i'd really like to push over the summer, so heres hoping more people take an interest in it! In the meantime, if you want to book a shoot or have any enquiries, please message us on the facebook group or send an email to :) 

Here are some examples of some of the work we've done so far :) 


 Left - Model : Beth Dooner 
Right - Model: Ellie Bibby 
MUA: Yuya

Anyway, thats all for now folks! I've got a few personal shoots as well as some commissions over the next few weeks, so hopefully that should continue to keep me too busy to update this blog :) 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

So i'm not dead!

But I am pretty bad at updating this, whoops. Things have been pretty hectic photography wise, and i've been trying to work around this horrible British weather so i'm way behind my personal schedule, but its getting there now that we're having the occasional dry day.

I decided to stick with my 'Heroes, Villains, and the ones in-between' project for my final project of the academic year, so i've done a few more shoots based around that:

Top left: 
'The Action Heroine'
Model: Jasz C Conkie Alternative Model
MUA & Hair stylist: YUYA

Top right: 
'The Dreamer'
Model: Alex Soutar 
Assistants: Ann Charlotte & Heidi 

Bottom images: 
'The Visitor'
Model: Iska
MUA: Anastasija Potjomkina
Latex: Intravenous Clothing 
Assistant: Rebecca Andrews & Tom Siden

Then outside of my uni work, i've still been doing a fair bit (not sure how sensible this is, but ah well) :

Model: Maan 
MUA: Vicky N

Model: estee
MUA: Katie Moore
Taxidermy: Dead Sweet Art (part of the 'Curiosity Cabinet of Mia Jane' collection
Assistants: Camille & Amy


Left: Relion as Harley Quinn (Arkham City) and Right: Camisicado as Male Stocking (Panty & Stocking)


Model & Styling: Anna Swizceniuk 
MUA: Tabby Casto 
Corset: Boom! Boom! Baby 
Headdress: Amore de Mori
Bra: Playful Promises
Assistant: Carl Osbourn
(You can read some lovely blog posts about this shoot here and here)

And some self portraits, because apparently I don't have enough shoots to be doing and I get bored pretty easily. 
I had a shoot on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I have another one tomorrow and then the last one for this project next Tuesday. So busy busy busy! Luckily I managed to get my Photography, Film & Screen essay done a fair few days early so thats one less thing for me to think about and I can concentrate on getting all of this post-processing done in time for me to get it sent off to the printers. Heres hoping it all works out!