Holland Park meetup

Intergrowth by Stevie-Ella Photography

Models: Holly-Rose and Sophie Carefull

This meetup was so cold but so much fun! Somewhere between sixty to eighty of us turned up and scattered across Holland Park, taking pictures of each other. I pushed my way into ferny overgrowth and had my hair styled into an upside down ice cream cone for other people’s pictures and asked similarly bizarre things of fellow photographers. I think that’s my favourite things about these meetups, the other photographers get the odd ideas.

Model: Federica Tenti

Model: Federica Tenti

Wholly intertwined by Stevie-Ella Photography

Model: Holly-Rose

Peasant and the peahen by Stevie-Ella Photography

Model: Federica Tenti

Fall

Model: Stephanie Peregrine

Whisp by Stevie-Ella Photography

Model: Federica Tenti

We are eternal, we will not last by Stevie-Ella Photography

Models: Federica Tenti and Stephanie Peregrine

Twinned by Stevie-Ella Photography

Models: Federica Tenti and Stephanie Peregrine

If you remember by Stevie-Ella Photography

Model: Anna Petterle

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Holly-Rose

Sophie Carefull

Federica Tenti

Stephanie Peregrine

Anna Petterle

Hey 2015

We’re only a few months in, but I like 2015.

It was a slow start of duvet dozing with the cat, while pre-recorded tv revellers cheered in the new year. Supplemented with good cheese, tortillas and wine, it was an ok start. Since then, there has been a meetups consisting of laying in cold, forresty fern floors and shooting with photographers whose work I’ve admired for years, literary exhibitions, nights of alcohol and thai food and pink hair dye.

The lovely and talented Sarah Ann Wright invited me to a lakeside photo meetup, where I met people who understand my fascination with fake skulls and any odd paraphernalia that can be creatively repurposed into photography props. There were masks and capes and wands and Harry Potter scarfs. And ideas were more important than gear.

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After a long afternoon of shooting, laughing and chatting we were cold and grubby, but happy.

My aim for this year is at least one shoot a month and so far, it’s going to plan. In January I shot at Crystal Palace park with the lovely Roisin, who I decked out in full vintage. She did a wonderful job and I’m so happy with the images.

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That was followed up by another meetup at Holland Park. I wrote a blog post a while ago about using it as a location but my favourite area was one that was locked away the first time I visited. A courtyard stretched out in front of a grand old house provided a beautiful backdrop with plenty more opportunities to play with the overcast light we had been provided with on the day. Accompanied by a lone Tai Chi practitioner in the background, we shot until our fingers froze and we lost the light.

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I’m currently uploading a stash of images from this shoot to my Flickr and a select few will be added to my Facebook page too.

Next, I have two big shoots I’m working on, one has a stylist and possibly a mansion, there other is still just an idea at the moment but if anyone knows any burlesque performers interested in a shoot then drop me a line!

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I have to stop editing this series at some point and even though I’m publishing it, I probably haven’t finished with it yet.

These were taken two weeks ago and one of my favourite places in London. It’s one of the few places I know where you’re free to clamber over ruins and aren’t restricted to gazing at them from behind iron bars.

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A lot more planning went into this shoot than usual, I had a little sketchbook of image ideas and we flitted between those and my usual preferred method of winging it. The model is the lovely Róisín, who did a fantastic job of interpreting my scribbles. This is one of my favourite shoots so far and just looking at the images on the back of my camera made me want to rush home and dive in.

There had been a lovely mix of diffused and directional light, some gorgeous vintage from Paper Dress and Beyond Retro and lots of moss that I spent an hour trying to pick out of the faux fur coat.

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This is my first proper shoot of 2015 and hopefully the first of many!