Miss Wright Venue 2012 Finalists

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Here are a few images from the Promo shoot with finalist of the Miss Wright Venue. The 2011 Miss Wright Venue, Faye Rooney, along with the help of Lisa Nolan and Steven Baitson organise the shoot and got all the girls together.  Unfortunately a few could not make it. One of those happened to be the winner, Rebecca Maguire.  The talented team from Vanity X were on make-up duty and they done a great job. Some of the other girls who made the finals included Kyla Flaiani, Kasia Halela, Hannah Cassidy, Stacey Moore, Kelsey Flood & Rebecka O’Leary

Rebecca was crowned Miss Wright Venue 2012 last night (Sat March 10th) It was a fantastic night and great craic was had by all. Rebecca now goes onto the Miss Ireland competition which is coming up soon and she is a good contender for it.

Part of my sponsorship of the event was a photo-shoot with the winner. So I am really looking forward to shooting with Rebecca soon.

Nicole Spain is also coming on board on the shoot and is doing the styling 🙂

Aishling Alcock

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Meet Aishling, the 2011 Miss Buck Whaleys. Aishling represented the trendy Dublin night spot in this years (2011) Miss Ireland competition. Although she did not win, giving way to Holly Carpenter, Aishling put on a great show as she is genuinely nice girl and stunning also.

This is not the first time I have worked with Aishling. I shot her before for the Dubliner Mag shoot, along with all several other Miss Ireland contestants from Dublin. It was great to be able to shoot with her again and to get her some new pictures for her portfolio and to expand the range of it a bit more. She came down the same day as Niamh, which was handy. The two girls got on great with Julie and my self. So all in all, it was a good day and fun as always.

Aisling is a beauty therapist herself, so she is well able to look after her self makeup wise. Julie Caulfield was on site however to offer her expert advice and touch ups etc. Julie, as you can see I have worked with several times before and knows her stuff.

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Aishling was great to work with. She was up for trying new things, which is always great. The what you are seeing here are the best shots of the day. Stay tunes for post on the lighting set up soon.

Niamh Cullen – Miss Sunday World 2011

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Niamh Cullen is the current Miss Sunday World – 2011. Niamh won, following in the foot steps of Rachel Wallace and entering in the Miss Ireland Competition. Niamh came down to my studio recently with fellow Miss Ireland contestant, Aishling Alcock for some fun for the day and to get some new shots.

The wonderful, the beautiful, the talented Julie Caulfield was on Hair and Make-up duties for the day and she done a great job as usual. We styled it ourselves from various inspirational images combined with what ever cloths the girls brought down. The main aim for Niamh was to get some fun, sexy shots that were to be published in the Sunday World Newspaper.

Niamh felt that her image to date have been too cute, so her main aim from this shoot was to get some sexier images and to show another side to her. I think that we definitely achieved that. The shot to the right alone is a super sexy shot. This was actually the very last shot of this look, and Niamh nailed it.

The Shots that were actually used are shown below, they are the colourful, cutesy & sexy shots. Although the shot on the right is my favourite, it is unlikely to have ever been printed in the paper as the mostly want colour shots. I did supply this shot in colour, but the black and white just have that bit more impact and mode to it.

Niamh is a great, bubble girl as we had a great shoot.  Her reign of Miss Sunday World is nearly over and the search is on for her successor. Do you have what it takes?

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Rachel Wallace – Miss Sunday World 2010

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Rachel Wallace is the 2010 Miss Sunday World. Rachel came down to my studio with her friend Hazel for some fun and a shoot. It was a fun-filled few hours that resulted in some great shots that got published in the Sunday World (Oct 9th). See the tear sheet here. Along with being a former Miss Sunday World, Rachel is also signed with Assets Model Agency. She is a great model and fun to work with. The girl can pull more looks in 20 seconds than most. That skill / confidence level help making the short video so easy. The styling was provided by Carmel Daly. Unfortunately she was not able to make it down on the day of the shoot, she sent Rachel down very organised with plenty of out fits for the shoot.

** Edit ** See our Second Shoot here https://www.richie.ie/2012/03/rachel-wallace-the-hotel-room-shoot/

Earlier images from this shoot which showed a Rachel smoking caused a little debate. Being honest, I knew it would and that is why the pictures were posted. I thought it was better to have people talking about your work over something such as smoking, rather than it not being noticed at all. You can see the post in question HERE.

This was the second shoot in my new studio and I am still very much in the testing phase. I am not ready to do up a full-blown post on the new studio just yet. I need to get to grips with it more, learn all its faults and failings before I can give a comprehensive write-up on it.

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The first shoot in the new studio was with Lydia a short while ago.  Shooting in the studio has been interesting so far. It is just as much of a challenge as shooting on location. When you are on location, you have an extra element to use for your composition…. be it a building, a beach etc. The location becomes part of the subject. Adding a model into the frame then should then be complemented by the location and vise versa. Being on a location means that you are there to shoot it as you see it (usually) and you are not going to be chopping and changing anything majorly around. The main thing that you would usually be controlling if your lighting, and its the lighting that sets the look of the shot.

Shooting on location results in unique results each time. This is why my body of work has been so diverse to date. Shooting in the studio will mean consistency and this will change the flow of my portfolio from its current state. The current state being one of loads of unique shots, and that being changed (maybe) to one of many similar style shots. This ultimately is not a bad thing, it just depends on the how you want your portfolio to look. Being able to create a different looking set of images in the same space with the same equipment seems daunting. Is it necessary?

I will do up a more detailed post on studio shooting once my is fully finished.

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I decided to play around with the video function of the Canon 1D mkIV during the shoot also. No point in paying all that cash for a piece of equipment if you don’t at least try to get the full use out of it right. Rachel was a great model to try it out with, that goes back to her fun personality and her skill in being able to change pose so well.

Miss Ireland Dubliner Magazine Shoot 2012

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Congratulations to Holly Carpenter who won the Miss Ireland crown this year. I met Holly and some of the other Dublin Miss Ireland contestants at a shoot for The Dubliner Magazine. I was asked to shoot it as the Official Photographer, Vince Tully was unavailable due to the new arrival in the family, congrats Vince! It was great to be asked to do it . The opportunity to work with the Miss Ireland crew, the contestants and getting some work published was great. The location was the D4 Berkey Hotel. The manger Gerry was fantastic in accommodating us for the shoot, making sure we had everything that we needed. The D4 Berkley, was also the venue for the Miss Ireland Final

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Jumping in at the last minute for a shoot is never ideal. It means you are not fully prepared, you may not fully understand the brief for and what shots are required. I was told a basic brief that entailed of some swimwear, some cocktail dress, individuals and groups shots. I wasn’t to know the style of the cloths until I seen them on site and I also was not familiar with or the team that you are working with. All these questions I want to know before a shoot if possible as the more planning that can be done pre-shoot that more time during the shoot is spend actually getting the shots rather than trying to setup and find the shot.

With all this in mind, I made sure to turn up early for the shoot. Getting there early means there is some time to meet the models, the hair and make-up team and to have a scout around the location (It turned out that I did know one of the team, Tassia). Unfortunately though I still had no ideas of the cloths that were were shooting or what looks were needed, it would be a few hours before all that came together. So knowing the locations is only half the battle, the cloths is the other half. Some cloths will suite that particular locations etc.

Any spare time on a shoot, no matter the reason for it is valuable time. I spend that time getting up all the lights and testing them to make sure that they were all firing. I even got some of the girls up for some shots to test out some locations and also to get the chat flowing a bit and keep things some what interesting while we waited. Having all the lights out and ready to go meant that when the cloths arrived and it was go time, it was just a very short time required to place lights, set power and start shooting.

The extra time was great on this particular shoot as it was the first time I was using the Elinchrom 135cm Octobox and the 70cm Deep Octo. I had them already assembled at home, so it was just a matter of putting them on the lights an seeing how they performed. I done the usual stuff, a few test pops with the light meter at various distances to see its output along with some test shots. But more on that in a future post.

As this was my first time shooting for a publications with a set brief, it was a little strange having some one else take control and be the Creative Director. Up until this point, all my shoots have been my controlled by either my self of the model as we try out different things, experiment and see what we like. I always knew what I roughly wanted and we worked towards that. There was no pressure to deliver a particular shot. This time it was different.  Brendan Marc Scully was styling the shoot today and he was the Creative Director as such. The CD’s job is basically to tell the photographer what shot they want, how it should look and then its up to the photographer to do it. It was good in a way as it means that there is a certain element of thinking and responsibility is removed from the photographer. It also means however that creative freedom as a photographer is surrendered and that there is the extra burden of making sure that the required shots are delivered.

Shooting for print or for a client also has some other differences as opposed to shooting for yourself /your own portfolio. The main difference is that you usually don’t get to chose what shots are used. When you are shooting for your own portfolio, you pick the shots that you really like and want in there because its your work. When shooting for a client, they pick the shots that best fits the story they are trying to tell. If you are the type who gets attached to your work, it could leave you frustrated as you see some of best shots from a shoot not being used. At the end of the day however, they are the customers and you don’t always know the end used for the images.

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Thats about it for now. The trouble with leaving blog post for so long after the actual shoot is that you forget a lot of stuff to say. I will be doing a BTS post later as I have a good few lighting shots. But in the meantime,  feel free to ask any questions that you may have.