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To my horror I just realised I hadn't blogged about this summer's group portrait shoot at The Roost. Every year a group of (mostly amateur or semi-pro) photographers get together and hire a venue in central London. The Roost (or its sibling, The Perch) is ideal for this as you get three floors worth of different rooms, all individually furnished and stuffed with interesting, weird and wonderful props. Most rooms have huge windows so there is plenty of natural light and I usually don't need to rely on extra lighting equipment. There is always a number of models available but many photographers bring their own. We usually work on a collaboration basis, i.e. nobody gets paid and it's an exchange of time and skills. In the end, models, photographers and designers will have new material for their portfolios.

This year I had only two planned sets, one with the band Last July and the other a collaboration with the dress designer Jezebelle's Boutique, the model Druidess of Midian and the hat designer Off With Her Head.

So, here are a few examples: First off, Last July:

Last July

Last July on the nice sofa

Last July - Nevla
Nevla

Last July - Dvae
Dvae

Last July at The Roost - Alix
Alix




Druidess of Midian:

Va Va Voom!

Skull Dress Pinup

Skull Dress Pinup

Fascinating Fascinators 2


A few more shots incl. some from behind the scenes on flickr.
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Viktoria Modesta is not only a model but also a singer/songwriter. Check out her website for a few samples (warning for those of you at work, the music starts playing immediately when you allow scripts/flash).
The most fascinating bit about her for me was her wonderfully sculpted hair. Apparently, it's very easy to do but I guess everything is when you know how to do it.

Again, a few samples here, with more on flickr.

  

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I have to admit I've been a fan of Ulorin Vex for quite some time so I was excited when this opportunity came along. Her crazy orange hair is just as variable as her poses and the outfits she brought along were brilliant, too.

Here's a selection, there are a few more on flickr.

  

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On Sunday I took part in an alternative fashion photography workshop run by Allan Amato at 4 Princelet St., an amazing Edwardian house.

The morning consisted of a demonstration of various lighting techniques (fill lights, key lights, one, two or three sources, with/without additional reflectors/diffusers etc.).
In the afternoon we split into three groups, each picking a room with a different lighting setup first rotating models, then rotating photographers so everyone got to shoot with everyone in each setup. The venue is absolutely amazing with a large number of rooms, many of them with big windows, creaky floorboards, even creakier stairs and lots of really old furniture and paraphernalia.

The models were fantastic, too, all with different styles and personalities: Nina Kate, Ulorin Vex and Viktoria Modesta.

Equally different were the attending photographers, reaching from photography student to older than me and both amateurs, semi-pros and pros. I got along really well with everyone and we already vaguely planned a group outing to Houghton House (if/when we're doing it, I'll be asking for people to model for me so keep your eyes peeled).

And last but not least, Allan Amato was cool, too. Nice guy, happy to answer questions and give suggestions. Definitely someone I wouldn't mind getting to know better over a couple of pints.

Let's start with Nina Kate:

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This was my last set at the Perch.
Danielle is a professional ballet dancer from Canada Gothindulgence had brought along for our group shoot. She was simply amazing and could bend in ways that shouldn't be possible. ;o)
We tried a few locations and came up with some great images, I think.

  

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Hal Sinden is a bit of a genius, he sings and plays guitar in various bands and is a fine model with a very distinct look.
I'd met him briefly at previous shoots but this time was the first we managed to overlap our schedules for a few images, first solo and then joining his fiancé Beth Ryan.

  
 

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Angel of Darkness is a rather unconventional model and was an absolute pleasure to work with. Due to various shifts in schedules and time constraints, we only had about 20 minutes but managed to get a nice selection of images.
She does the doll thing rather well and the various props at The Perch went perfectly with that theme.

  

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I was actually a bit nervous to work with Druidess of Midian because she's a highly experienced and professional model but we immediately got on well and bounced ideas off each other. I felt really comfortable and confident working with both of them (I took some solo shots of her partner while she got ready and then took a series of couple shots) which I think shows up in the results. We are all very pleased with the results.

All shot with available natural light at The Roost.

  
 

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Last Sunday a group of (mostly amateur) photographers hired The Roost, a fantastic location house in Hackney, London.
The building has a large number of rooms on four floors (basement, ground floor and two top floors) and a back garden. Each room is filled with randomly collected furniture, props and things and almost every wall (even within the same room) is decorated in different colours or wallpapers.

My first model was Neville, and it was his first time as a solo model. As the lead guitarist for the band Rome Burns he is no stranger to photo shoots, though. He had this rad purple zoot suit so we went with a gangster theme. Enjoy.

  
 

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