Some exciting news, we decided to put together a 2019 calendar of Xenia for her many, many fans. They're already ordered and look amazing... for more information, keep on reading!..
Having spent only a couple of quid on this outfit from Amazon, taking a chance along with a few others for a similar price, we didn't really know what to expect... but when it arrived, it turns out it was a perfect fit. The next day, scouting backup locations for our tuition and having a general wander in the sun, we stumbled across this lovely old container at the top end of South Park (Oxford), hidden away in the trees... so it was almost impossible not to take advantage and take a few snaps!
Xenia got changed in the bushes, and 20 minutes later we were done. It's amazing what you can find when you don't expect anything.
I popped out around Headington a week or so ago to spend an hour with this pretty lady - a friend of someone I photographed last time I was in Oxford (post coming soon!..). We didn't have long and somehow got kicked off Oxford Brookes campus, but managed to get plenty of nice photos in the end!...
With a bit of free time one afternoon, and not much motivation to get out and do anything - we decided to once again see what we could do in a small room with just the ever changing window light and a white bed sheet. It's always a challenge in these situations, but it keeps it interesting to figure out angles and perpectives with such limitations in place... and in the end, I'm quite happy with the results!
You can find more of Xenia here.
Xenia will be visiting Richmond from 18th July - 14th August and we will be looking for anyone interested to come and join us in gaining confidence and knowledge in shooting professional models in natural light. Xeniamodel is an experienced model and I've been shooting this kind of thing for 6 years, with many more years experience of teaching, so this will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in starting out in this area. We will be primarily teaching how to make the most of natural light, but will be modifying this with reflectors and talking about how we could change this with other lighting setups.
Working around North Yorkshire, County Durham and surrounding areas - there are numerous locations available for both urban and rural shoots - the theme will be flexible depending on the weather and what you're interested in learning, but we will ensure that you get the most from this shoot and leave knowing much more than you arrived with.
All you need is a camera, and we'll do the rest.
The cost of this tuition, including the model fees, will be £30 for 1hr or £50 for 2hrs, with additional tuition on processing at a time of your choosing (possible via Skype or at a nearby coffee shop after the shoot) for £20/hr. We can be flexible with timings so get in touch with your preferred dates and we can work around you - although we may then allow a maximum of one other photographer to join us at the same time. Group bookings are also welcome - so please get in touch to discuss this at a discounted rate.
This is open to anyone, do you want photos for your model portfolio, some head shots, something for a magazine or something just for yourself? Do you want some photos taking for your business? Do you want some photos of your pet or child? Or even an engagement? I am going to experiment with shooting anything you like for free (within a reasonable distance!) and you can simply pay for the photos once you've seen them.
I am happy to shoot anything, it's all up to you. Anything outdoors, in your own home or spaces you have access to... all good. Let's see what we can do for free.
Locations and dates:
- Oxford: 20-25th May
- North Yorkshire: 28th May onward
Drop me a message if you have an idea!..
Having been visiting her down in Oxford for the week, the light coming in through the window was just too good to miss, so I grabbed the ever-trusty 50mm 1.8 lens and spent an hour or so getting yet more photos!
You can find more about Xenia over at her website: www.xenia_model.co.uk
If you'd like to book a shoot yourself, just click on the 'About' section at the top and I'd be happy to discuss it with you.
When Ksenia came to visit last month, it was hard not to make the most of an empty house during the day... and this is what we came up with in a rather rushed shoot with a small amount of natural light.
You can follow Ksenia on her new Instagram account here.