Kai Yee

So back in October 2020, while the Covid-19 restrictions weren’t so ….erm restrictive I managed to team up with Chris Scott at his studio and had a trial run at the equipment and lights. Chris has a local studio in Dundee equipment with first rate gear and an excellent array of backdrops, however I needed to test it out with my Nikon camera. I got in touch with Kai Yee to see if she could come along for a short shoot, it had been a few years since we had a shoot together. One other small technical difficulty was getting my new fresnel modifier set up properly, eventually we had it rigged up and while it wasn’t as good as the previous Bowens one it did the job. And after a quick chin wag with Kai Yee we got down to work and took some shots.

Kai Yee
Kai Yee
Kai Yee
Kai Yee
Kai Yee

We played around with some fabrics and moved on to some portraits using Chris’s lighting gear.

Kai Yee
Kai Yee and the Black Rose
Kai Yee

We got a fair bit done in our short shoot and it was good to catch up with Kai Yee after such a long time. I’m not even going to mention how long ago it was but I’m pretty sure electricity was a new thing back then 😉

Chris has an excellent studio and is a first rate photographer, you can check out his work and web age at https://www.chrisscottphotography.co.uk where he caters for a huge range of photography needs from weddings, family portraits, newborns to commercial work.

One Rainy Day with Nicole Rayner

Nicole Rayner and I had been trying to get a shoot organised for a while but bad timing and the pandemic made things very difficult. Eventually in September we both managed to get a day sorted for a location shoot, the studio had been sold so location was the only option at that time, come hell or high water. As it turns out it was high water really, the morning of the shoot rained like the start of Noah’s flood. Before leaving the house I made a flask of coffee to warm us up on the beach, and then promptly left it behind as I ran out the door.

I picked Nicole up at the train station and headed for snacks before hitting the beach, luckily on the way there the rain eased off a bit and by the time I parked the car the rain had stopped. The clouds were still hanging in there creating a very dramatic scene.

Dance of the Fey – Nicole Rayner
Let the Storm Come – Nicole Rayner
Flight of the Fey – Nicole Rayner
Ascension – Nicole Rayner

We dragged a dress along with us…..just because…

The black Swan – Nicole Rayner

And then Nicole decided to brave the water….

We head off to the forest for a break and warm up a bit…..things were still very soggy and water logged. After wandering around for a bit we came across this scene.

Water Nymph – Nicole Rayner

Heading back the car for a bite to eat and a break, the weather had improved a lot and even the sun threatened to make an appearance. We grabbed a couple of props and head back into the forest for more shots.

Blanket me with Moss – Nicole Rayner
In Moonlight the Wolf will come – Nicole Rayner

The Lure of the Fey – Nicole Rayner

And then lastly we found the second world war lookout post….

Sadly we ran out of time, as every shoot seems to. We needed to head back to get Nicole’s next train, it was a grand day out which started out a bit grim weather wise but in the end the sun came out and it was fabulous in the September sunshine. And of course Nicole is genuinely a lovely person to work with, actually let me change that to; Nicole is a genuinely lovely person, full of ideas and creativity. Much chat and humour was had (but no coffee) and it was great to catch up with our past adventures since our last meeting.

Hopefully we’ll catch up again for another adventure at some point.

Artemis in The Hunt

What a strange year 2020 has turned out to be, and not in a good way. It’s been a year of very few shoots due to the pandemic, but I have managed to do some social distancing locations shoots. These have been bright spots in the year, and one of those bright spots was the yearly shoot with Artemis Fauna. Originally it was supposed to be a studio shoot and studio day for other photographers but at the last minute the studio was sold and all bookings cancelled. Plans were changed and it meant Artemis and I had more time together for a shoot. When the day came it was dark and stormy, but we made the most of it and headed into the forest for some costume themes.

Artemis Fauna
Artemis Fauna

A dark day and a dark forest…..lends to tricky lighting but also some moody looks.

Artemis Fauna
Artemis Fauna

And perhaps a little mythology and mystery – The Summoning Stone

Artemis Fauna

It was a very busy forest lots of dogs and dog walkers, after a bite to eat we headed down to Port Allen reed beds for some art nude.

Artemis Fauna
Artemis Fauna

On the way back we hit some random spots before ending the shoot….

Artemis Fauna

And so ends another adventure…though we did hit the wine shop on the way home, where Artemis had samples of the local wine and chilli jam. It was another fun day with madcaps and unexpectedness, including dog walkers, capes, hairy mouldy poo, puppies, weird eyes, buzzards, dead rabbits, arrows, leather belts, brambles, toadstools, mossy feet, a sacrificial stone, boats, geese, reed beds, mink traps, a stingy arse…or two, and the nettles of surprise.

In other words….the usual!!

EFIAP/d3 – Job done

Following on from last year, I decided to carry on to the next FIAP level. I had 2 years in order to attain 100 awards with 20 different works in 10 different countries, however I gave myself a personal target of achieving this in a year. In the end I met my goal within 10 months, the final tally for this level is:-

116 awards, 51 different images and 19 countries

This is a grand total of 302 awards with 163 different awarded images, 3479 acceptances with 732 different images.

And so ends my FIAP journey, I may do the MFIAP at some point but at the moment it’s not on my horizon. Below are a selection of the images used in this Diamond level, in alphabetical order.

A Tameless Hunger – Rachelle Summers
All that Great Heart lying still – Lulu Lockhart
Angelic Melody – Joceline/Ariel Andersson
Angles of Lilith – Lilith Etch
Anita’s Chair – Anita de Bauch
Artemis Light – Artemis Fauna
Attic Moon Light – Artemis Fauna
Rachelle Summers
Blind Light – Rachelle Summers
Burlesque – Ivory Flame
Captured in Light – Helen Stephens
Cliff Face – Artemis Fauna
Cloud Angels – Artemis Fauna and Chrissie Red
Dark is my Nature – Lulu Lockhart
Delicate Dancer – Ivory Flame
Dryads in Grief – Scarlot Robinson, Keira Lavelle
Flame on Fire – Ivory Flame
Flames and Pearls – Ivory Flame
Flight of the Fey – Nicole Rayner
Gemma’s Robe – Gemma Huh
Heels over Head – Aurora Violet
Jennifer – Jen Somerfield
Just a Touch – Fredau H
Keira la Fey – Keira Lavelle
Life on Hold – Helen Stephens
Lulu’s Mane – Lulu Lockhart
Nimue – Chiara Elisabetta
Old Town Square – Prague
Ragged Shape of Lulu – Lulu Lockhart
Rapture – Tigerbelle
Red Velvet Summers – Rachelle Summers
Rest Calm and Remember Me – Artemis Fauna
Sea Shanty – Rachelle Summers
Slumbering Dragon – Stephanie Dubois
Symmetry of Light – Aurora Violet
Tenderness – Stephanie Dubois
The Beguiler – Keira Lavelle
The Dark Light of Aurora – Aurora Violet
The Red Scorpion – Katy Brankin
The Secret Waterfall – Scarlot Rose and Rachelle Summers
The Shadows of Aurora – Aurora Violet
The Summit – Chiara Elisabetta
The Trail of Tears – Rachelle Summers
Time for one more Daring Dream – Helen Diaz
Time – Anna Johansson
Turn Loose the Heaven Within – Helen Diaz
Watching the World with Sadness – Anita De Bauch
Within Reach – Aurora Violet
Without a Mask – Rachelle Summers

Again, many thanks to all the models I’ve worked with in the past, even if they aren’t shown here they have changed and contributed all the same. Without their support, expertise and skills I would not have been able to achieve this level of photography, every model I have worked with has been a delightful experience with laughter and adventures along the way.

Stephanie Dubois – A Dragon in the Woods

Back in July 2020 during the easing of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions in Scotland Stephanie and I managed to do a social distancing shoot on location. It was quite easy to do on location as models and photographers usually keep a respectful distance anyway. So the locations were deep in the Blair Atholl estate, I had been there a few years ago but nature has a habit of changing interesting spots and revealing new ones. The main area we shot in was around Cally Loch but because of the dense foliage we couldn’t actually see much of the loch at all, however there plenty of places to shoot in.

Stephanie Dubois
Stephanie Dubois
Stephanie Dubois

We shuffled our way round the loch, such a warm muggy windless day with a constant threat of a storm looming overhead but thankfully no midges!

Stephanie Dubois
Stephanie Dubois

Up to the side of the loch is a craggy rocky outcrop that looks over the loch, it makes for compelling images from different directions.

Stephanie Dubois

After this we packed up and moved on to another location, a goodly walk to an area and loch called Mill Dam. It took a while to get there and unfortunately there were too many people around to take advantage of the loch so we clambered over to a stream and bridge which seemed to be more isolated.

Stephanie Dubois
Stephanie Dubois

It was a busy place so we had a quick break and walked on to the next spot, again a goodly walk away…..and time was running out. When we got there nature had changed the scene considerably but we managed to get a few images on another rocky outcrop just as a storm was getting closer.

Stephanie Dubois

At this point the midges decided to show and the air was warm and stickier than before, this was the last spot for the shoot and not far from the carpark. Along the way on this shoot we saw toads, frogs, stonechats and a very brave red squirrel than ran between our legs (and a velociraptor rustling among the tall ferns!) . All in all a grand adventure out indeed, it’s always a real pleasure working with Stephanie, whether in the studio or on location. I think the next time I go to that location I will hire a couple of bikes to make the journey quicker and get round a few more ideal spots.

Rachelle in Blind Light

Still Winter in 2020 and this is my second shoot of the year, Normally I pick Rachelle up from the train station but this time she was chauffeur driven by Mr Summers himself. Sometimes I have a theme organise for Rachelle but this time it was more about Dark Light and Drama using shapes and shadows. Anyways we had a cuppa, a catch up and got on with it…

Rachelle Summers
Rachelle Summers
Rachelle Summers

And to Darken things down a bit…..

Now to add a blindfold to symbolise more darkness…..

Rachelle Summers

And closing the light down even more…..

Rachelle Summers
Rachelle Summers

Then a return to Light…..

Rachelle Summers
Rachelle Summers

and to finish…. experiments at the make up mirror…

Rachelle Summers
Rachelle Summers
Rachelle Summers

By now we had run out of time and Mr Summers had arrived to drag Rachelle away to her next adventure. Well considering this is our fourteenth shoot it never gets boring or samey, the rapport means we can be spontaneous and experimental. It was another fab day and it was a pleasure to meet Mr Summers on this tour, sadly this will probably be our last studio shoot here as the property is up for sale….but time will tell, it could be location shoots next time around.

Aurora Violet

The first shoot of 2020 starts of with a bang, well actually it’s kinda the second shoot as the first one with a different model got cancelled (with good reason) at the very last minute. Anyway it was a pleasure to pick up Aurora from the station, it was the first time we had worked together even though she doesn’t live too far away. Anyway, we got in, put kettle on, had tea and got started.

This shoot was intended to be dark, dark lighting and dark intent/emotions.

Aurora Violet
Aurora Violet

A little mono to bring out the muscle tones….again dark as a darkkity dark thing..

Aurora Violet
Aurora Violet

A change of lighting and ……snacks!, obviously….can’t do without snacks!

And some clothes!….I said some..

More snacks…and more light changes….and much more darkness!

In a portrait sort of style

The Dark shots are particularly techy to set up properly and it very much limits the models scope, however I think there’s a lot still to do there. And I will experiment more on the ‘Things that are not Seen’ in the future. Meantime we had a laugh and a giggle, and tried out a few experiments, Aurora seemed keen to play with ideas and managed to cope with my usual incoherent direction and mumbling.

Highly recommended model, fun, chatty and a pleasure to work with. Hopefully we’ll work together again at a later date.

EFIAP/d2 – Job done!

So this year back in April 19 I got my Platinum level FIAP certificate, and I wrote a blog declaring that I would go for the first Diamond level, the first of 3 ‘advanced’ levels. It was a tall order, I would need 50 awards using 15 different images in 5 different countries. Now normally that would be very tricky to do in a year, however it was worse because I had to start in April and submit in the beginning of December which left only 8 months rather than 12. However I finished the requirement in less than 4 months, I attained 50 awards using 29 images in 9 countries.

Since I finished EFIAPd1 I started on the Diamond level 2 at a more leisurely pace and finished it in less than 5 months. Again the requirements were the same for level 1. For those who don’t know the FIAP system…it’s a bit complicated and daunting to start with but basically it’s a numbers game and strategy is needed to achieve the stated requirements without spending a fortune on salons.

The Diamond level is all about awards rather than acceptances, acceptances don’t count at all, though they can give you a good indication to which images are working well. I’ve listed the images that have gained awards in the Diamond level 2, all are nudes/models. The list is in alphabetical order with no preference for any image, some got more awards than others but that does not mean the image is any ‘better’. Some have won Gold medals and some have won ribbons, but it must be remembered, it’s a numbers game…it’s better to get 3 ribbons than 1 medal etc etc. In saying that, it’s always nice to get gold medals and blue badges.

All the World Dead without Stories – Artemis Fauna
Artemis in Orange – Artemis Fauna
Attic Light – Artemis Fauna
Daughter of the Moon – Stephanie Dubois
Finesse – Lulu Lockhart
Firefly – Ivory Flame
Gemma in Feathers – Gemma Huh
Gemma in Red Velvet – Gemma Huh
Hold Against the Wind – Ivory Flame
Latte – Stephanie Dubois
Moon through a Dragonfly’s Wings – Katy Brankin
On a Misty Morning – Keira Lavelle
One of the Missing – Madame Bink
Red Lips Wet Hair – Jane Bennet
River Sisters – Scarlot Rose and Rachelle Summers
Simply Helen – Helen Stephens
Soul Train – Ivory Flame
The Bone Caves – Scarlot Rose and Rachelle Summers
The Lace Blindfold – Amber Castle
The Lure of Light – Helen Diaz
The Maker of Electric Dreams – Ivory Flame
The Rejection of Light – Stephanie Dubois
The Scars we don’t See – Tillie Feather
The Touch of Scent – Savannah J Sapphire
Lilith Shapes – Lilith Etch
The Afterswish – Lulu Lockhart

And that’s it, a big thank you to all the models I have worked with, even if you aren’t listed above you most definitely have been featured somewhere and will be again. So what now then? well there’s still Diamond 3 to go for…..that is a further 100 awards using 50 different images in 10 different countries, at least I have 2 years to reach that level.

Flames in the Studio

A second shoot with Ivory Flame this year, this is unusual as Ivory Flame usually ventures North once a year so it was a real delight to be able to shoot a second time. It was short shoot this time as she had a few bookings during this period. Anyway we fell into the studio and got off to a good start….

Ivory Flame

A quick change to a lace outfit…….

Another outfit change, an outfit Ivory Flame brought with her….

Ivory Flame

Then the pearl skirt and a light change….

Ivory Flame
Ivory Flame

We were running out of time and only had a 10 mins before the next photographer was due to arrive…but we managed to get these images….

Ivory Flame
Ivory Flame
Ivory Flame

All too soon we ran out of time …again, as you do..anyway Ivory Flame had another shoot at the studio so I set up the lights for the next person and headed out with a camera full of fab images. I had an appointment with a Gin Bothy that I couldn’t miss. This was a fun day for many reasons!


About 3 months ago in September I got a message from a local model, looking to do a shoot. We had a chat and got around to doing a studio shoot on a gothic theme, which was handy as it was getting near Halloween by the time we got to the shoot. Ava brought a few dresses and I had two or three stashed away in the studio. It was a short shoot so we got down to business, I had the lights setup before Ava turned up…it wasn’t long before we got some good images.

A quick change of dresses….


A bit of a break the a change of lights and outfits again….and the old chair!

Time for some portrait type shots, with quick fire outfit changes….

So anyway I had this idea for something a bit more horror like…..but I left it til the end because it was definitely going to ruin her make up. I had a cut throat razor lying about from a previous shoot and a quite a lot of sticky gloopy fake blood. This was gonna get messy…..and it did.


All too soon it was time to ….erm…..clean up! and get the studio back to some sort of decent shape again. It was a fun shoot, albeit sticky! and Ava seemed quite ready to go along with crazy ideas, which is pretty much my normal mode. I highly recommend Ava to other photographers and hopefully we will work with each other again at some point.