Falling For Grace

double page editorial fashion story

Editorial bad girl Grace @ Cliche Model Management. Cutting loose on our latest shoot.

 

double page editorial fashion story

Editorial bad girl Grace @ Cliche Model Management. Cutting loose on our latest shoot.

Grace is one cool customer when it comes to playing the part we create for her. This time was no exception, with her look and my kind of style we decided that we’d create a piece full of emotion and rage juxtaposed against the “pretty” fashions of Spring / early Summer. Simple styling, fresh colourful make-up, bright & punchy lighting. Something like if the Gap did a collaboration with Motley Crue……..

Turning Pro A/W13 Cover

Turning Pro A/W13 Cover by bang*
Turning Pro A/W13 Cover, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Just had the okay to share this peek, my latest cover. It’s gone rather pink during the upload to flickr for some reason so you’ll just have to go see it for yourselves for the full effect.
Hits newsagents 11th October I believe.
I have a stack of new work that due to exclusivity agreements I can’t share with you at the moment. Needless to say you’ll see it when it hits but until then trust me I’ve been busy.

m. Charlotte P @ Industry People
mua. Thembi Mkandla

Before Summer Ends

Before Summer Ends by bang*
Before Summer Ends, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Kate Waldron @ Boss Model Management.
Wearing Joanne Miller.
Styled by Roscoe Forsythe
MUA / Hair by Thembi Mkandla

Photographers Assistant. Michael Storey

 

Sorry, I told you it’s been a busy month or so. Absolutely loads of new work shot so it’s about time I get to sharing some of it on here. Here are a few of the crop of images I shot with the brilliant Thembi Mkandla of Kate Waldron. Thembi hit me up with an idea of finding the least “English” looking beach we could whilst still not travelling too far from Manchester to shoot some summery beauty and swimwear stuff for both our portfolios. We found an awesome location or three thanks to the help of Alan, another photographer I know. He scouted us some great spots, hooked us up with space to base ourselves, humped my gear, drove people around, got sandwiches, and basically acted as a first rate second assistant whilst Michael (my usual assistant wrestled with the Rotalux in the wind). The beautiful designs we managed to acquire for the shoot came via Roscoe Forsythe a great Manchester stylist I’m happy to have made contact with, he pulled pieces from Joanne Miller & Laura Bancroft and they really took the whole ting to another level.

A great team, great weather and slightly more production value than some of my recent “simple” shoots. Fell in love with the tiny Elinchrom pack (well my assistant did as he could lug the thing around all day on his shoulders and didn’t moan too much).

 

 

Before Summer Ends

Before Summer Ends

Darren | Cliche

Darren | Cliche by bang*
Darren | Cliche, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Stills from the movies of my mind.

m. Darren @ Cliche Management

Leica M9, 50mm Summicron Type V.

So all has been a little quiet on the blog over the last month, sorry gang. It’s been a fairly busy one for me lately, numerous tests, agency meetings and a new look book shot for Educate Elevate has had me fully dedicated to ensuring clients receive images on time.

So I have plenty to pop up on here it’s just a matter of finding the time to flesh out some words to go along side.

That being said, here are a few teasers from a test I shot yesterday for Cliche new boy Darren. Having a background in acting certainly helped him get into the mood for this look.

www.bangphoto.co.uk Teasers from a test shoot.

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Teasers from a test shoot.

Triptych Series #43 | Tony @ Cliche

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A selection from the full set can be found here – www.bangphoto.co.uk/triptychs.
Currently in the process of setting up a place for the whole (current) set to reside.

How could I not shoot a triptych for the series whilst on set for this one?
Props to Cliche Model Management for hooking me up with Tony and thanks to the man and his beard.

Good vibes for the project as I hurtle towards #50.

M9 50mm Summicron (V)

More from the actual shoot in a day or two. Plus maybe one or two from a crazy shoot with the ILoveMCR team and Cliche Models. Which involved me going from 100ft in the air on the tiniest of platform to laying on the ground in a filthy alleyway. Just to prove that despite it looking glamorous the job of a fashion photographer can also be a pretty grubby and smelly affair. I know, poor me right?

Summer Breezin’ (Whilst winter freezin’)

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An early peek at what I was shooting yesterday for design house ATQM.

m. Candy @ Nemesis
mua. Meg Lindow
hair. Charlotte
styling. Charlotte & Charlotte & ATQM

I’ll simply add a quick run down of the components of us creating the appearance of beautiful golden late summer evening light when actually shooting in the middle of the day in Early March;

4 models
3 locations
1 make up artist
14 hour day
Freezing conditions (like actually below freezing)
Summer campaign
video crew
Car convoy around Liverpool
The worlds smallest florist shop
The worlds most awesome beaten up camper van
Over use of the phrase “think warm”
Being happy because somehow we picked our shoot day in between two days of blizzards.

So a good day all in all.

Summer Dreamin'

m. Laura B @ PHA
mua. Meg Lindow
hair. Charlotte
styling. Charlotte & Charlotte & ATQM

Contre-Jour

Contre-Jour by bang*
Contre-Jour, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Two quick teasers from a little studio work yesterday with the Nemesis Model Management team (www.nemesisagency.co.uk/)

Hair & Make-up Artist – Helen Archer – www.nemesisagency.co.uk/models/creatives/helen-archer/4300/

Model – Olivia @ Nemesis

Plus a hint at what we came up with for new girl Natalie. I love it when you see the shot and then realise where the inspiration came from for it. Avedon has been a huge factor in a lot of my work (especially my B&W) so it’s nice to create an image which I feel pays total homage to the man and his work.

Walking upon the shoulders of giants

The image from my mind that sparked the idea for this shot. It’s amazing how our minds just hold these images until the right situation calls for them. I saw what Natalie was wearing and the big ol’ white space and figured why not give it a go.

Veruschka, Dress by Kimberly, New York, January 1967

Lost In The Shadows Of Her Mind

Lost In The Shadows Of Her Mind by bang*
Lost In The Shadows Of Her Mind, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Meg Lindow MUA & Hair – www.facebook.com/meglindowmua
VAMP Nail Art – www.facebook.com/vampnailsleeds
LauRen @ Maverick – maverickmodels.co.uk/modelpage.php?id_alb=183

Bowens 500 via “Big Betty” beauty dish and grid. Approx 1 foot from subject pretty much straight in front.

My Eyes Were Fooled but My Heart Saw Through Your Lies

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Meg Lindow MUA & Hair
VAMP Nail Art
LauRen @ Maverick

Just in case you thought I may have run off, here we are back with just a subtle colour one.
This kind of image really speaks volumes about why it’s important for working fashion, beauty and commercial photographers to shoot tests. These are unpaid shoots where all those involved give up time in the hope of creating something new and different for portfolio use.
Take this image for example, the idea and concept I’d brought was a kind of black glitter beauty look. I’d spoken to Meg the MUA and we’d nailed down our inspiration images and ideas of how we planned to create it. From the start I had B&W images in my head yet the freedom of my own creative brief means that after a little post production I create this (alongside the pre-envisaged shots).

Bowens 500 via “Big Betty” beauty dish and grid. Approx 1 foot from subject camera left.