Fashion Modelling

03When I was approached this year to carry out some modelling photography, I was somewhat surprised – after all, the source of the job was most unexpected – a nice lady from the Green Hotel in Kinross had passed on my number to an up and coming model who had been looking for a photographer to help him produce a portfolio.  Apparently he had contacted Photographers in Edinburgh as he didn’t even think there were photographers in Perthshire.

There was also the added complication that although Edinburgh based photographers were available, their prices were OTT.

As a local photography and videography service in Kinross, I know what people can and can’t afford so am always able to speak with clients to see what I can do on their budget.

We got together on a frosty February morning, and started the best way of a shoot with lovely roasted coffee from Jocks Lodge bar at the Green Hotel.  Kinross by the way is a fantastic location for doing photography and videography.  It’s central to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, Ayr, and Perth.

My model arranged the different types of clothes he wanted to change into and we started by doing some lobby and stair shots in the hotel.  We moved out into the centre garden court for some shots by the waterfall.

After a change we drove down to the Loch Leven where the water was frozen, so we had great fun slipping and sliding on the ice to get some shots of the frozen surface.

Then it was back to the hotel for more coffee!!  That’s what I like about photography or filming – the coffee breaks and fortunately for me, my client likes his coffee as much as I do!!

This experience made me realise that you don’t even need a studio to do modelling photography – all you need is imagination, which for me, is a prime requirement for a photographer or film maker.  The image capture begins with the thoughts in your head, and being creative in your head.

There’s nothing quite like shooting out in the countryside, surrounded by the natural environment – it’s invigorating!!

After visiting 3 different locations around the loch we were wrapped up after only four hours.  Of course we had to end the day with a final coffee at the Green Hotel which is a place I will be using for a discussion group in the not too distant future.

My client was happy with his edited shots so I look forward to doing more modelling work if possible in the near future!!

 

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Joining the RSPB

sunset4 This year I decided to become a member of my local Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.  I decided for two reasons.  The first is that the RSPB Vane Farm site is right on my doorstep and I wanted to get my career more focused on trying to see if I can do something to help protect Wild Birds and my local nature reserve.

The second reason was that I was influenced by a couple of brown Kites who swooped down over my car one day earlier on this month while driving through the area of Dalqueich.

I stopped my car where the birds had chosen to land on some roadside tree branches just ahead of me.  I had a good look at one bird, looked at it right in the eye and at that moment the thought “I want to do something to protect you” entered my mind.

Within a couple of days I made a trip out to Vane Farm and spoke to Colin, one of the friendly staff, and signed up for a year’s membership.

I received my book on Scottish birds and have now decided that each day, while I go on my walk up the Kilmagad Woodland walk, I take a compact camera just in case I ever come across any evidence of cruelty to wild birds.

Fortunately I can say that there have been no recent reports of poisoning of Raptors in the Loch Leven and surrounding areas.

I enjoy hillwalking most days and armed with my book, I now enjoy trying to see if I can spot any wild bird life while out in nature.