Thursday, October 18, 2012
Murder Mile Studios Shoot
I took part in a group shoot at Murder Mile Studios last weekend with a great bunch of photographers, models and makeup artists. The event was organised by Krystal Johns, a model, I shot with a few times. She had assembled eight models and two make up artists and got a lot of fetish designers onboard as well. Quite a few designers have sent in clothing for the models to wear. Murder Mile Studios is well known to photographers and models around London who shoot fetish and BDM. I’ve shot there twice and always enjoyed it. There are many sets available for us to shoot in and we had a different model for each set to avoid duplication. I knew it was going to be a long day and decided I will not take too many shoots and concentrate on setting up good lighting. The key light throughout the shoot was my Strobeam DL4 with a 43” umbrella softbox. Fill light was provided by a Nikon SB26 in a 60cm softbox. In some images, I also used a Metz 44 AF-1 with grid or gel for rim light or background light.
Although it is called the office set, there are a couple of sofas and chairs to use as well as an office desk and chair. Most interesting to me was the dark wall paper which is an interesting back drop. I had the Lovely Saara who is from Finland. I’ve decided I wanted to use the red sofa right at the beginning and set up the light accordingly. Saara is very pale and I had to make sure her skin is not too blown out in the photos. Most of the work in post processing was to the wall paper in the background. While you do not notice it with your eyes, but once you use flash, the joints between the wall papers show up as vertical white lines. It was very annoying and took your attention from the model. Saara is wearing a corset by Batties Clothing and makeup by Alice Bizarre.
The dinner set was on the corner of the room with painted black walls. Betty had dark hair and wearing black underwear with black stockings. It was going to be difficult to produce something different that is the normal dinner images. I decided to start with Betty sitting on a stool and had a gridded speedlite behind her pointed at the wall just to be different. Then quickly position her on hands and knees on top of two stools. It just progressed from there trying different angles and just loves the one from behind showing off her lovely bottom. I am really happy with these shots. Makeup was by Alice Bizarre.
The bar was next to the dinner and has a stainless stain top together with shelves of empty bottles. The studio owner must have a wonderful time gathering them as props. I wanted to make the bar more interesting by adding a speedlite with red gel to light up the bottles on the shelves. Poppy was lovely to work with. Most of the shots were taken with Poppy on top of the bar and showing off her great assets to the full. Makeup was by Alice Bizarre and she was wearing a dress made by Sophie-Ann Cammish.
I briefly shot with Maja in the office set and used the arm chair this time. I set up at the lights in the corner and just tried out a few poses. It was brief but still came away with great results. It just shows you do not need to take hundreds of photos. It does help she is very good at posing.
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