Offbeat, eccentric, gothic, dark, fantasy, horror, quirky - all perfectly describe this super shoot. The initial concept was 'creepy doll' but it quickly turned into a homage to Tim Burton. As ever, Kanwal nailed the make-up and Amy created an endearingly confused (but probably somewhat insane) doll character.
We first met Geraldine on a cold dark night in Manchester city centre. To the amusement of passersby, she performed expert dance moves and acrobatics across the streets and squares, doing everything but swing from the lampposts! This time, a change of pace with a studio shoot, styled by Sanita Liepina.
2016 has been a massive year for us. Our move meant we suddenly had a huge studio, and we have been delighted to fill it with super people all year (not to mention lots of new kit). We've also stepped up our role as second shooter on weddings and busied ourselves doing product and stock photos.
Closest to our hearts is our creative make up project. Here is our pick of the work we've done in the second half of 2016. Special thanks to everyone who has been part of the journey. Happy holidays and a wonderful new year to you all.
Day of the Dead iconography is incredibly creative, and we were super excited when make-up artist Sanita @sanymakeup7 approached us with a stunning 'sugar skull' concept set off with gems, glitter and a massive hand-made crown. Here she is adding the finishing touches to model/dancer Geraldine @geraldinebell93. Day of the Dead honours the dead whilst celebrating life, and #funfact until James Bond gave them the idea, Mexico City had never held a parade to celebrate it.
High drama in the studio as we reinterpreted the iconic pop art comic strip with make up artist Kanwal Rizvi. We put our own stamp on the look with fresh dialogue, cartoon style exclamations and a super shiny dress provided by model Amy Morris.
Scarlett visited us for a portrait session in October. We delivered classic colour and monochrome shots before ramping it up with creative lighting and gels to complement her incredible hair. We had a great time capturing her super style and attitude.
We have been so busy with shoots lately (did you notice the flurry of blogs recently??) that we decided to kick back and enjoy the local Christmas markets. There's nothing better than wandering the cobbles on a wintry night with a mug of mulled wine, a bag of macarons and an array of home crafted delights to choose from - fudge, lanterns, woolly scarves, soaps and more. And we didn't forget the camera...
Playing with light and shadow has always been our speciality. We love using light to tell a story and reveal the personality in front of the lens. We have put together a special section of the website dedicated to it. Check out the page now, and as we continue to update it with our new work.
This minimalist shoot, full of attitude, was shot in our studio as part of a full day shoot which incorporated several looks.
Before madness came to the streets, it came to our studio... At our alternative horror/special effects shoot, an eerie soundtrack set the scene for our model to get (terrifyingly) into character with a range of props. Despite the fear factor in the images, lots of fun was had by all and Marita has some super portfolio images to show off her wide-ranging abilities!
Happy Hallowe'en! We have been inundated with clients wanting a spooky fright fest in the build-up to 31 October! Here's the lovely Matt transformed into a blank-eyed zombie mummy by one of our trusted make-up artists using her demon SFX skills.
This massive statement headpiece was a joy to shoot both in the studio and in our garden. The work of floral perfection was created by one of our excellent hair and make-up partners who teamed it with purple hued make-up tones, perfectly set off by the cream lace dress.
The chill is creeping in, Hallowe'en is approaching, and the ghosts and ghouls are coming out to play. Our new horror/special effects series kicks off with Lucy the screaming ghoul featuring a range of special effects created in the studio and in post-production. Watch out for more scary stuff coming soon!
We're currently working our way through edits of a super scary, super creative special effects shoot... But before we share those, here's a reminder of our first foray into the supernatural...
Lovely Fiona was transformed into a screaming banshee before our eyes by the talented Kanwal Rizvi. Gel lighting amped up the fear factor in the studio before we ventured out into our gardens. Fiona morphed into a terrifyingly convincing zombie, taking delight in slow-climbing the grassy slope and leaping into trees!
Hannah came to us with a very specific vision of bright tropical flowers paired with elegant make-up in soft pinks and neutrals.
We delivered on point by discussing the concepts in detail before the shoot, and working methodically through the flower props on the day, building a range of different styles with our stash of backdrops and coloured gels. The first look was bold and bright - the second saw a change of pace with atmospheric lighting and a simple colour palette.
We love the art, science, technology and buzz of photography. So for the past couple of years, we have carved out the time to pull out the schoolbooks and turn up the dial on our creativity to meet the challenges set us by The Image Academy. The assignments have driven us to think harder, look more deeply and push the boundaries of our imaginations and equipment ever further.
Our final assessment was judged to be 'simply amazing images showing an incredible creative and technical talent ... very inspiring and enthusiasm for photography infectious. It has been a real pleasure!'
We had an equally fantastic time taking part and are giving ourselves a pat on the back as we graduate from The Image Academy.
We promised she would be back, and here she is! This shoot brought our Ophelia into the 21st century with bright blue water and a PBP original vision - lemons! The colour contrast worked superbly and brought an off-the-wall avant garde tone (while really showing off our subject's blue-streaked hair).
Credit for the zingy tribal make-up goes to the fabulous @sanymakeup7. Added into the mix for good measure are a stupendous bathtub, a good dollop of health and safety precautions (water! electrics!), and a gorgeous six-foot rococo style mirror which we were desperate to sneak into the camera bag and take home!
Bring the Fire Project of Liverpool have a special place in our hearts. They have patiently allowed us to hone our fire-shooting skills over the years, and kept us safe while doing so! Having shot their incredible practice sessions and awe-inspiring festivals, we caught up with them in an abandoned urban spot for some special portraits.
We created these moody portraits in an evening shoot in our studio and garden. Key ingredients added up to awesome shots - light and shadow; our favourite brick wall backdrop; an aged leather jacket, crisp white tee, and a mean tattoo.
In this half-day portfolio shoot, we captured a huge variety of contrasting styles - woodland fairytale, Victoriana, urban dancer and studio portraits in colour-popping yellow, pink. orange and purple. All the images were taken in our studio and gardens.