Monthly Archives: July 2014

Darling Model

In early May I organized another studio day for the members of St Andrews PS, this time we had a quick look about and found that Darling was taking a visit up here. A few emails later and everything was arranged, We had seven members each with one hours slots, and I think it was very productive all round. As usual I opted for the last slot that way I can close up and take the model back to the train station or hotel etc. Most of the members now had two or three shoots under their belt and were starting to get more creative, each coming up with a new idea. By the time my slot came around I had actually given all my ideas away but we came out with more than a few good shots. First up was the old chair challenge…



Then some simple nude shapes and floor work

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Then some props to play with!

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Then finally some portraits….something I should really do more of.

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Fantastic hair for all sorts of looks, very versatile.

Darling did very well considering the amount of work she had to do that day, it was quite hard going at some points. A very professional model and good fun to work with. I’m hoping to see her work with lots of other photographers, I’m sure she would be an asset to have on anyone’s portfolio.




Roswell Ivory

Back in February Roswell Ivory contacted me for a booking in May, I had always liked Roswell’s port and I was happy to take a 4 hour booking in the studio. Nicola joined me on the shoot, it’s always a pleasure working with Nicola…though don’t tell her I said so.

Anyways after a quick cuppa we got down to taking some images.


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We dug out some material….as you do.

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Roswell brought along an outfit she made herself…looked fab to me!

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Another cuppa was had, along with snacks and munchies… you you do. This time we had a little break outside where the sun was out but the wind was a tad chilly, The studio was very warm now and the chill wind was a welcome relief now and then. Then out of nowhere Roswell said she had some vintage style lingerie she could use….oh how could we refuse.

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Then to round the morning off we finished with some natural shots in a lovely green dress that suited Roswell’s hair to a tee.

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And so ended a fab morning, Allison came round for a visit and headed off with Nicola to Balgove farm for coffee and cake. Unfortunately Roswell’s train times didn’t allow for coffee trips so I dropped her off at the station and headed to join the girls in a cake frenzy. Roswell is a fab model and very professional, full of personality and fun. She has a great figure and knows how to use her body to give an individual style to images, highly recommended to anyone.



Rhiannon, Sea Priestess

Rhiannon the Sea Priestess would often dance at the waters edge to entreat fair weather for the fishermen of her local village, so that they would be guided home safely and escape the worst of the sea storms that would often assail the shoreline. She could be seen on her own in the mornings on the shoreline, twisting and turning in her magical dance, playing with the waves and casting enchantments to the wild sea.

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However it came to pass that the fishermen were casting their nets more often and catching less fish, more work and less fish started the men to grumbling that the sea was displeased and more was needed to persuade the sea to give up its scaly treasures. Rhiannon knew that the cause was simple over fishing of the same watery regions and that given time the fish would return in abundance. The Elders of the village agreed with the fishermen, more was needed or the village would fail and its people would hunger. And on one stormy morning they came to see her dance on the surf, the grace and magic filled the salty air, the colours seemed to have an energy that surpassed normal vision.

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But the Elders were on a mission, they had come to persuade Rhiannon to sacrifice herself to the sea, they believed that only the ultimate sacrifice would be enough to appease the watery depths. Rhiannon was stunned by their suggestion, not only was it pointless but who would keep the storms at bay, sailors would be cast adrift amidst the raging winds. However as Sea Priestess is was her duty to keep the villagers safe even if meant her own life but it was never told to her that she would at any time have to sacrifice herself. The Elders left her to contemplate her actions and fate.

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However she had quickly decided, through the years of dancing along the shoreline she had communicated with the waves, felt at one with the water and felt at peace with the sea. She would miss the forest though, it lay next to the beach overlooking the water. She would miss dancing through the dappled glades, the soft grass underfoot and the touch of the rough bark on her skin. Although it was not her main love, the forest had always been a quiet place away from the turmoil and constant crashing of the waves.

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The next morning she would give herself to the sea, not because of the villagers; their hopes and reasoning were flawed and pointless…but because she wanted to be one at last with the vast ocean. Giving up your life is a fearful affair and she reasoned that base instinct and survival may overcome her desires so she sought out a suitable log that would catch the current and drive her far into the sea where she would drown, and to the log she would tie herself with a golden chain.

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And so it was on a cold morning with an approaching storm that Rhiannon dragged a heavy log across the beach to the waters edge, with fear and determination she lashed herself to the log at the edge of the surf. She turned to face the water and the coming storm, soon she will be lost to the sea.

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Fear rose up and nearly overcame her but a fire within steeled her actions and Rhiannon plunged across the surf and into the salty sea. The log, catching the outgoing tide and current, carried her far out into the storm and there the sea took her life, violently and ruthlessly.

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When the tide came in later that day Rhiannon’s body was washed upon the shore, still loosely shackled to the log.


But on the next tide the surf took the last remnants of Rhiannon away forever.

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The fish never came, the fishermen floundered in the storms, the people went hungry, the village failed and was abandoned and the Elders never gave the Sea Priestess a second thought. Only the Forest remembered the magical dance at the shoreline and the quiet contemplation under its leafy canopy.


A lost life and a lost magic.


Created by John McNairn and Ivory Flame

Helen Stephens

In April 2014 Nicola and I fancied another joint shoot in the studio and it seemed timely as Helen Stephens was touring the area at the time. So I picked up Helen at Leuchars train station and whisked her off to RoRo Studios. We soon got down to doing the clickity flash thing :-

Starting with old faithful…..the chair!

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Then a little bit of clothes and colour…how shocking!







Then because the weather was good we snuck outside into the gardens and used the studio owners old country house as a backdrop, all moody and gothic like :-

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Then back inside for a quick change of hair style and more pretty images :-

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At the moment the B&W version of this is hanging on the wall…


So Helen Stephens….highly recommended, my ‘work with again’ list grows yet again.

A couple of days after the shoot Helen was still kicking about Dundee so we went out for coffee and a walk round Broughty Ferry beach. She’s a lovely woman with a great personality and totally professional..also bags of fun.