It has been a little while since my latest newsletter, and I will be sending out a much more extensive (and perhaps more interesting) one next week with details of some new events and courses.
However, I did want to let you know what is happening at the studio over the next couple of weeks. This friday with have Karma Vixen coming to the studio for a alternative/gothic/tattoo night, and a week later we have Michelle Monroe come to the the studio as part of her farewell tour.
On Sunday 20th July we have the latest in our “Small Group Shoots” this time with Illy (aka Black Beauty) – for those who are not familiar with our Small Group Shoots, I have included a recent blog posts talking about them.
For more information about these events and more…. please read on….
Friday, 11 July 2014 – Alt.Gothic.Tattoo
Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
For this Friday Night at the studio event we will be joined by alternative/gothic model Karma Vixen. The event will be a mix of styles and techniques
Weather permitting we will start the evening outside photographing gothic fashions using a mix of ambient light and strobist techniques.
After this we will head into the studio for low key lingerie shots with an alternative style to them. The final set of the evening will be art nude with an particular emphasis on photographing Karma’s many tattoos.
You can see Karma’s profile on Purpleport here: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/karmavixen/?referrer=ianbutty (NSFW)
Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/alt-gothic-tattoo/
Friday, 18 July 2014 – Farewell to Michelle Monroe
Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Michelle Monroe has been on my mental list of models to work with for a long time. Recently I discovered that she is retiring from modelling at the end of July. So this Friday Night at the Studio event really is something of a one off – a hello and a goodbye to Michelle.
Michelle is a well known model with a long and successful career across many genres. You can see examples of her work on her Purpleport profile: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/michellemonroe/?referrer=ianbutty
For tonight’s event Michelle will be working to implied topless / implied nude levels.
Don’t miss this chance to work with Michelle, because just two weeks after this event she will have retired.
Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/farewell-to-michelle-monroe/
Sunday, 20 July 2014 – Small Group Session: Black Beauty
Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Please note the date for this event has been changed to Sunday 20 July.
This “Small Group Session” will be limited to just THREE photographers. Our model for this session will be Illy (aka Black Beauty). Small group sessions are a cross between a normal group shoot, bespoke training and a studio hire.
The session is limited to maximum of three photographers. I will guide the shoot and offer advice on lighting and working with the model at the event. I will also document the lighting set-ups used during the shoot and send lighting diagrams and notes to the participants after the event so that you can recreate the lighting used at the shoot.
For this session the model will be Black Beauty : http://purpleport.com/portfolio/blackbeauty/?referrer=ianbutty (NSFW)
Illy will be shoot levels up to nude for this event.
Price is £100 per photographer
1. Due to the maximum number of photographers for this event being three – we have a strict cancellation policy. If you cancel within 5 days of the event, the full fee for you place is payable.. However if your place is resold to anther photographer after you cancel your fee can either be refunded or transferred to another shoot.
2. If only two photographers book for a small group session you will be given the option to either share the cost of the third place between you (you will of course get 50% more time shooting with only two photographers) if either photographer decides they don’t wish to share the cost of the third place the shoot will be cancelled and all fees refunded.
Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/small-group-session-black-beauty/
Saturday, 26 July 2014 – Tina Kay: Studio Day
Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:45 PM
Price: £55 per hour
Tina Kay comes to the studio for a studio day. Book model and studio for an all inclusive price of £55 per hour.
The price covers Tina working at any level up to art nude.
You can see Tina’s profile on purpleport here: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/tinakay/?referrer=ianbutty (NSFW)
As ever with any event or studio hire I will be on hand to provide as much (or as little) help and support with lighting and settings as you wish. And if you don’t wish or need any help I will sit quietly in office out of your way.
There is a 15 minute break between hourly sessions. Book two consecutive hours and get the 15 minutes between for free.
The following sessions are available:
Session 1: 10:00-11:00
Session 2: 11:15-12:15
Session 3: 12:30-13:30
Session 4: 14:00-15:00
Session 5: 15:15-16:15
Session 6: 16:30-17:30
Session 7: 17:45-18:45
Please book the hourly slot(s) you wish using the booking form below. If you have any problems making your booking please contact me.
Price: £55 per hour.
Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/tina-kay-studio-day/
From the Blog…
BLOG: Small Group Session FAQ
Image: Rachel Travers at a Small Group Session at Ian’s Studio.
So what is a “Small Group Session” ?
A “Small Group Session” is a cross between a group shoot, a studio hire, and small group tuition. It is a day 10am – 4pm spent in the studio working with one model.
In order to give photographers the plenty of time to shoot we limit the number of photographers at the session to just THREE.
What’s the format of the day?
The format of the day is largely determined by those who book. Prior to the start of the shoot I let the three photographers know the levels to which the model is working and ask them if they have any specific set-ups, genres, styles that they wish to shoot that day.
Based on what the photographers tell me I guide the shoot and offer advice on lighting and working with the model at the event. If none of the photographers have any specific themes they wish to shoot, I will have a number of suggestions that I know will work with the model to get the shoot going.
What levels are the models working at?
When I was asked by a group of photographers to run these events on a monthly basis, the request was specifically to do with art nude photography. At present all the models I have booked for small group sessions have been working to nude levels, but in most sessions we have in have also included some other levels such as lingerie, fashion and some glamour.
If there is sufficient demand for it, I will be running some small group sessions in the future which concentrate on clothed styles.
Can the photographers do their own lighting?
Absolutely! If you know what you want to achieve with the lighting and want to do all that yourself, that is fantastic. I will be on hand to offer advice, if you need it. I’m also available to move and position lights to where you want them to go.
If you don’t want to do the lighting yourself, and not every photographer is happy playing with other peoples lights. Then I am there to do that for you. You can either describe the effect you want or show me images and I will try to create that effect for you. Alternatively if you just don’t know what lighting would work, I can make suggestions.
Whatever way you work with lighting I will ensure you understand the lighting that we are using, and if I am setting it up I will talk you through the process as build the lighting.
Do you, Ian, shoot at the event?
Unlike a studio hire, I do shoot alongside the photographers at the “Small Group Sessions”. There are reasons why I do this. Firstly these sessions are part training, and those who have been to workshops at the studio will know my style of training is very much a “show and tell” style. I find for me as a trainer it is the most effective way to explain what we are doing.
Secondly I shoot to document the lighting set-ups used during the shoot. Once the shoot is over I aim to send lighting diagrams and notes to the participants after the event so that you can recreate the lighting used at the shoot. In order to do that I need some images both of the set up and the final images. (At the time of writing I’m a little behind on producing those note but I aim to catch up shortly).
One important thing to remember is that you are paying to shoot, not to watch me shoot. So when I do take images, I do it quickly and let you get back to shooting.
What happens if you don’t get three photographers booking?
I hate cancelling. I will always try to find a way to make the session happen.
If only two photographers book for a small group session, the first option you will be given is to share share the cost of the third place between you (you will of course get 50% more time shooting with only two photographers). This is the simplest solution and my preferred option.
The alternative if the model is willing to reduce her fee in return for a shorter shoot, we may be able to run the shoot for just two photographers. Keep in mind that at a shorter shoot with just two photographers you would get a similar length of time shooting as you would with three photographers at a longer shoot. This option obviously depends on the model and it may not always be possible to offer this.
If all else fails the shoot will be cancelled and all fees refunded.
What is the cancellation policy?
Due to the maximum number of photographers for this event being three – we have a strict cancellation policy. If you cancel within 5 days of the event, the full fee for your place is payable.. However if your place is resold to anther photographer after you cancel your fee can either be refunded or transferred to another shoot.
Price is £100 per photographer
When can I come to one of these sessions?
At the time of writing I have one sessions on the calendar:
Sunday 13 July – with Illy aka Black Beauty
BLOG: Past Events
One of the things I get asked a lot at studio events is for contact details of the models who are at the event. For obvious reasons I don’t give out ANY information that isn’t publicly available. However what I do say to photographers is that on all the events listed on my website I try to link to a model’s on-line portfolio, and photographers can contact models through that site.
This is a safe way for photographers to communicate with the models they have worked with at the studio with me breaching any data protection and without me giving out contact details that a model may or may not want passed on.
There is of course a problem with this approach… once an event has happened it disappears from my website so photographers can’t easily find the model details. Actually all the events since I opened the studio ARE still on the website, it is just that until now there has been no way to access them.
I have now finally created a Past Events Page this page list all the previous events at the studio (using their eFlyer image) you can then click through the image to access the event details and the information about the model(s) who were at the event.
The page is a little bit of a ‘work in progress’ as I don’t have eFlyers for many of the earlier events, but I am creating them and will be adding them to the site slowly over the coming months. As part of that process I will also be adding links from each past event to my on-line galleries when you can see what I shot at the time. You can also see many of my past event galleries by going directly to this page: http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot
Photo of the Day
POTD Tue, 17 Jun 2014: Custard Cream
Mmmm…. do I need to say more?
Oh alright then…. Macro lens, flash on TTL lead of to camera left bouncing of a white surface, white paper camera right to bounce light back in as fill. And yes those are my teeth marks.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.
Image Reference: FG0617A-G08344
The Full Programme
For full details of all our fourthcomming events please use the links below or click on the event eFlyer.
• Friday, 11 July 2014 – Alt.Gothic.Tattoo
• Friday, 18 July 2014 – Farewell to Michelle Monroe
• Sunday, 20 July 2014 – Small Group Session: Black Beauty
• Saturday, 26 July 2014 – Tina Kay: Studio Day
• Friday, 1 August 2014 – Sports and Fitness Night
• Friday, 8 August 2014 – Improvised Outfits
• Friday, 15 August 2014 – Table Top Night: Christmas Cards
• Monday, 25 August 2014 – Trash the Dress: Fleetwood