An outdoor shoot in a graveyard in November seemed like a very good idea in early October. Even back then, it shouldn’t have seemed like a good idea. It was cold and wet, although not quite miserable then. But it did, so I organised one.
Abney park cemetery is gorgeous in it’s overgrown, slightly dilapidated wildness and the leaves shimmering with misted rain, poking out of gloopy mud just added to the foreboding aesthetic. It also made it, muddy, slippery and damned difficult to navigate. The cemetery is a maze anyway, but carting around props while trying to shoot means it’s easy to get grubby and lost in there.
But, despite a few mishaps, we made it out just before dark with images. As I work through them all, I can’t help posting them on Facebook or Instagram one by one instead of waiting to upload them in one go. They’re all edited as individual images anyway, instead of a series.
Model: Cathleen Voysey
I had beautiful taxidermy props courtesy of Mole and Dove, the above image features a bird headdress and I have some white mice cropping up in more images.
After being asked about the possibility of buying prints a few times I’ve had ideas of possibly setting up an Etsy shop, selling images printed by Printspace. But they’ve just gone and made it a whole lot easier for me by allowing me to upload images and they sort out the printing and posting element via their new Hub service. I’ve just picked up a couple of test prints and I love them, I rarely see my work anywhere other than a computer screen so it’s slightly weird seeing them in real life.
You can now buy prints here: Stevie-Ella Photography on Printspace
Only one in there at the moment, but I’m trying to go through and get correct printing sizes for every image so they print at the very best quality. If you would like to request a particular image, just drop me a message here.
‘Might as well call a whirlwind’
Model: Cathleen Voysey
Erm, so it’s autumn. A bit of a wintery autumn, but still, autumn.
I love this time of year; it’s halloween, bonfire night (give me a bonfire over a firework show any day), wool coat, wool tight and furry, fluffy scarf season. But still, where did it come from? Summer only just got into swing right?
Anyway, with the approaching of the end of the year I’ve found my drive to shoot more has amped up and I’m embarking on more organised shoots. I’ve orchestrated shoots with my sister’s friends as models and shot experienced models as part of shoots organised by other people. Now is the time to take those experiences and merge them into something bigger. I’m currently casting for ‘something bigger’ in November, I have a model, wardrobe and make-up artist options, plus the possibility of working with an ethical taxidermist at some point. It’s all exciting and terrifying at the same time.
I’m very aware that I need to produce Good Things from these photoshoots. I’ve produced shots I like from every shoot so far, but I still worry I won’t. But it’s the point now where I have to try.
And as for likes, one of my favourite photos was posted by Dark Beauty Magazine:
So it racked up about seven thousand odd likes and drew lots of Dr Who comparisons – the bit I’m most pleased about. I work with social media and I know likes aren’t what they seem, but it’s nice to have that boost sometimes.
And I finally set up my own Facebook page for Stevie-Ella Photography.
This year seems to have set me up well photography-wise, let’s see if I can finish it just as well…