Darkness & Light – Behind the scenes on a beauty shoot

If I do recall a long while ago I promised some readers of this blog some more behind the shoot posts. So it’s with great fanfare and celebration I give to you a somewhat brief behind the shoot post 🙂

I’m thinking this will be a two parter simply because I’ve only quickly gone through the edits as yet and my instant favourites are all from the dark side of our concept.
For now this will be a short image based post (mainly as I don’t really have the time right now to construct a meaningful and informative post). I’ll give a little brief overview but if you really want more info drop me a comment and i’ll try to help out.

The Concept : A Double look beauty shoot based around darkness & light / masculine & feminine / B&W & colour. That kind of thing. To create a series of photographs to be shown as side by side opposite pages.

The Team : One make up artist I had previously worked with, Miss Meg Lindow and another recent product of the genius producing Cassie Lomas Academy the lovely Thembi Mkandla.

The models : Amy Gee & Zsanett from Boss Models plus Samio & Naz from Nemesis Models

The Location : The Studio @ Cassie Lomas Academy, Manchester UK

Mark Ivkovic @ bangphotography, Meg Lindow MUA, Zsanett @ Boss Models

Mark Ivkovic @ bangphotography, Thembi Mkandla MUA, Samio @ Nemesis

Mark Ivkovic @ bangphotography, Meg Lindow MUA, Naz @ Nemesis

So that’s a little clue as to what the darker look was, these are a few very early edits but I’m super happy with what we created between us.

Now for some behind the scenes images and thanks to Meg & Thembi for the first time on the blog you get to see me working 🙂

First dark look from Meg Lindow MUA @MegLindowMUA

First dark look created by Thembi

First dark look created by Thembi MUA @ThembiThems

Well okay the back of my head.

Plus a few little details from the set;

A couple of pages from my ideas book for this shoot. Proof indeed why I'm a photographer and not an illustrator 🙂

The early set up for our light and airy girly look. I changed it around a little due to a really bright spot light from the right.

Gotta dial in those exposures.

Well that’s a little insight into my world. Plus a clue as to how a photographer goes about translating an idea in his head into an actual photograph. Stay tuned for extra bits and bobs over the next week as I narrow down the edit and get ready to produce a final product.

Chester Barrie – Country Fashion



Chester Barrie – Country Fashion, originally uploaded by bang*.

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A couple from the latest shoot.

Stylist – Suzze @ Urbanchique.co.uk

Tailoring – Chester Barrie

Looks like a lovely summers day right?
Well somehow we managed to get the one hour of sunshine and no wind for the shoot, on an otherwise grotty weather day. That’s what you call planning . . . . . .. and luck.

Chester Barrie - Country Fashion

Simple Beauty



Simple Beauty, originally uploaded by bang*.

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A hint at one of the finals from my shoot a while ago.
Working with three uber talented MUA’s who just finished topping out their training at the Cassie Lomas Academy.
Luckily enough Meg (the make up artist) and myself are teaming up again this Friday back at the academy for a rather interesting concept. Looking forward to it for sure.

Photographer : Mark Ivkovic
MUAs : Meg Lindow.
Model : Sana

Lighting :

Bowens via 70cm beauty dish where the catch lights would suggest. Big old reflector providing fill from camera right.

Coast in the Park



Coast in the Park, originally uploaded by bang*.

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A couple from the latest shoot.

Plus a little insight from Suzze the stylist – http://stylistsuzze.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/my-latest-shoot-coast/

Model – Carmina Suzanne PlusmodelUK

Stylist – Suzze @ Urbanchique.co.uk

Clothing – Coast

Coast in the Park

Coast in the Park

Stepping into the darkness



Stepping into the darkness, originally uploaded by bang*.

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“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.”
― Edward Teller

Keeping the personal work going back on the streets with the X100.
That’s right I’ve returned to the Fuji X100, pretty much a year on from first taking delivery of the little beast I’ve gone and got another. New firmware has really transformed aspects of the camera and I’m pretty happy to be using one again. I’ll pop a few thoughts together in the upcoming days to give you an insight into why I’ve gone back to this camera, for now let’s just say I’m smitten all over again.