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Body Paint Rehearsal – “Aliens in Stroud”

_mg_9158_webAnd finally …. the Alien from Stroud.

After a hectic week, I have finally got around to editing the Alien shots from the practice body painting session at Stroud College. The creator of this design is John Davis the infamous artist from deepest and darkest Wales – John is a marvel to watch at work and his results speak for themselves. Not very often do you meet someone this talented who is also a great guy to get along with. This is the 2nd time I have worked with John in the last few months and I look forward to more collaboration in the near future ….. watch this space.

Thank you again to the great make up artists at Stroud College – not only are you very skilled, but you all seem to be great models too! Well done especially to Polly, you were brilliant.

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Artemis’ Studio Day

A couple of edits from today’s shoot organised by Artemis_D5……

I am off for a couple of days now, so thought I would do a couple of quick edits from today’s shoot whilst I have the time.

The shoot today went so well … I am absolutely chuffed to bits. For the whole 2 hours I had the knowledge of Russ (russfreeman) and Sarah (Artemis_D5), and Sarah also helped me with posing, direction and getting some more oil on to Sharon :D It was such a relaxed environment that I felt I could take my time getting the images I wanted. I learnt a great deal today, especially about having an idea to build from rather than going in all guns blazing.

The models today were brilliant. I know I say that a lot, but they truly were. I have worked with models before who have no direction or expression during a shoot, but Leah and Sharon were wonderful. I was (we were?) being quite picky today with poses and what expressions were wanted. Leah and Sharon just did whatever I asked and then some. At one point Sharon had her back to me and I was gesturing how to change her pose and it wasn’t until a few moments later I realised she had done what I wanted without actually seeing me – some sort of telepathy going on there maybe lol

I will edit some more images later in the week, and hopefully I may even get around to editing some shots I did with Sharon a few months back!!

Leah Axl


Fires Secret


Body Paint Rehearsal – “Silent Hill” tribute


I was very privileged to be invited to Stroud College to take some behind the scenes images of the students practising for their upcoming model day.

The students were practising their body painting and special effects on models for the upcoming “Underworld” shoot at Cheltenham Film Studios.

This is the students take on the nurse from Silent Hill – not an exact re-creation, but based on the theme. Here are the results – what do you think?

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A busy day in the cold

I nearly had a mini heart attack just now! I woke up and thought the clock said 1200 when I was supposed to be half way to Bristol by then….. luckily, it was actually 0800, so my heart is starting to slow down again now.

So, I am off for a shoot today. It will be my first location shoot and also my first 1-1 model shoot in a couple of months now. I am sure it will all coming rushing back to me, but I am a bit nervous. Thankfully, I am going to be working with a great model and fingers crossed I will get some great alt images from today.

I think I have had models cancel on me last minute on 7 of my last 10 shoots – I am really hoping that doesn’t happen today…..

Sigma 50mm f1.4 ordered

After waiting 4 months, I have finally ordered my 50mm 1.4 :) It will hopefully be here in time for my shoot next weekend and my visit to gay Paris. Can’t wait to use it …. it better blow my bloody mind after the reviews I have read about it….. I am actually going to try and do my own mini test of the lens when I get it to see if it does help me as much as I think it will.

Body Paint Rehearsal – Sneak Peak – "Silent Hill" tribute

Here is a sneak peak at an edited image from the rehearsal in Stroud for the Underworld shoot. More images will be coming over the next few days.


Body Painting @ FilmPhoto – Take 1

I went to a great studio shoot today organised by Paul Trask (aka Trasky) in Cheltenham Film Studios – There were some great models and body artists there and the results were amazing. The star of the day for me was the uber talented and gorgeous Helen Diaz – she just makes it look so effortless.

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Emoke and Leah
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Fright Night – Model shoot with Evangeline, Evesham

My first shoot with Evangeline, arranged up at her place in the middle of nowhere (way past Evesham).

Eva was brilliant to work with. She had a completely different approach to anyone I have worked with before, and treated the shoot as acting rather than modelling. This was really great for me as I was desperate not to come away from this shoot with pouting/glamour images, as I wanted some dark and moody shots …. maybe something I could use as Halloween images.

Unfortunately, things have slipped a lot due to work and holidays, and I still haven’t managed to edit all the images I liked from the shoot. I am getting them done as we speak though. I am really looking forward to arranging another shoot with Eva soon, just need to get some good ideas together for what we can do.

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Mini 1430cc

Austin Mini – 1430cc Race Spec – For Sale


My Austin Mini 1430cc is regrettably up for sale due to lack of use and time.

Details are listed below and the Mini went on to eBay this evening to go to a better home –

I have uploaded pretty high resolution images here for you to look out so beware if you are on a phone or slow broadband connection – viewing them may take a while.

MOT until end October 2011
No Tax at the moment as declared SORN.
Full V5 supplied with the car.

The mini is absolutely brilliant to drive. With the straight cut gears, Maniflow exhaust and Webber carbs, you can hear her coming from a fair distance away. The chrome and 13″ alloys along clear lenses really finish the car exterior off. I did have black and silver number plates which looked amazing, but I think they are illegal on a car this age, so I took them off just in case.

The bucket seats inside are Cobra FIA approved and were only installed a few months back and have only be sat in a handful of times. They have 5 point 3″ harness to keep you in place and a full roll cage with door bars to protect you if you take her on the track.

She is in fair condition with no rust issues to worry about. She won’t win any concourse prizes but is no rust bucket either! The paintwork could do with some T-Cut and there are a few small chips in the paint that have been picked up whilst in our garage. The car basically just needs a tidy up and going around fixing up little things around the car. She runs fine and since I have had her (2004) she has only ever failed 1 MOT and that was for a rotten gaitor (which was replaced).

The engine bay could really do with some tarting up to make it look the part. The re-spray in here didn’t seem to get the same attention as the rest of the car. It will also need a new engine steady put in the engine bay. It runs fine without one and this is not an MOT failure, but I would recommend getting one put back in there. Not sure if this needs to be welded in or if you can bolt it on to the bulkhead.

Feel free to make me an offer, but please don’t insult me. Viewing is available evenings and weekends by getting in contact with me.

Any bids made on eBay are binding. If you bid and win on eBay, payment must be made by PayPal within 48 hours unless you pay by cash within this time.
Technical details of the Mini are listed below.

Block:                    Stripped, chemically cleaned and repainted. Cylinders offset bored and honed to 73.5mm. Replaced cam bearings. Block drilled for 11 stud head and stud holes countersunk. Deck of block skimmed to match piston height at TDC. Centre main strap and replaced core plugs.

Pistons:                Omega 73.5mm, 11cc dish, diecast pistons and ring sets. Balanced Cooper ‘S’ con-rods. ARP high tensile big end bolt set.

Crankshaft:         Offset ground to ‘S’ big end size to give 84.3mm stroke (1430cc). Tufrided and wedged blades. Cross drilled and micropolished journals. Vandervell competition lead/copper big end main bearings.

Camshaft:           Kent profiled VP8C race cam – timed in at 101 degrees BTDC. Chilled iron cam followers. Kent U/L vernier duplex timing gear. Replaced chain tensioner.

Flywheel/Clutch:              Steel lightweight flywheel and backplate assembly. Grey race clutch diaphragm and AP bonded clutch plate assembly.

Ancillaries:          Steel backed high capacity oil pump. Genuine Rover water pump. 2 core injection radiator cooled by wing mounted electric fan assembly. Breather pipes from fuel pump outlet on cylinder block from bell housing and timing cover, all via rocker cover to remote catch tank.

Cylinder Head:  12G940 casting. Ported inlet and exhaust ports. Stainless steel enlargened valves. Combustion chambers modified to lleviate shrouding of valves and also polished. Bronze valve guides. Double valve springs and alloy valve spring retainers. Standard pressed steel rocker gear. Head skimmed to gain correct engine compression ratio 11.5/12.0:1

Fuelling:               Weber 45DCOE twin choke side draught carburettor. 1.5″ rampipes. 7″ steel Mniflow inlet manifold modified to accept brake servo pipe. K&N air filter assembly. Electric fuel pump and filter with return line built in to fuel tank. Pressure regulator valve before carburettor. Twin throttle cable linkage.

Exhaust:               Maniflow large bore LCB manifold and ‘Y’ piece. Straight pipe through centre sectionjoining 2.5″ stainless PlayMini upswept side exit silencer.

Ignition:               Modified distributor with vacuum advance removed and advanced weights set to suit engine. Lucas electronic breakerless ignition system. Performance silicone ignition leads.

Transmission:    Tranex straight cut transfer gears 1.0-1 ratio. Tranex straight cut gearset in turbo gear casing. Centre oil pick-up and magnetic oil trap. 3.647:1 ratio helical cut crown wheel and pinion. Tranex 4 pin differential. Competition layshaft. Standard pot joint output shafts. Modified gear shift assembly.

Power output:  Measured at 134bhp @ 7100rpm (flywheel figure) and 118lb/ft @4300rpm (torque). Tested when engine built.

Brakes:                 Metro turbo vented front brake discs and 4 pot calipers. Standard genuine brake pads. Braided front hoses. Standard rear brakes with Super Minifin alloy brake drums. Standard servo setup.

Suspension:       Front and rear alloy adjustable trumpets. Koni adjustable shock absorbers. 1.5 deg negative camber front lower arms. Adjustable camber rear radius arm brackets. Heavy duty adjustable tie rods.

Wheels/Tyres:  5.5Jx13 genune Minator Minilites. 175/50 Bridgestone(??) tyres

Interior:               2 x Cobra bucket seats (FIA approved). 6 point 3″ strap competition harness. Full front and rear bolt in Safety Devices roll cage including door bars. Fabricated dashboard and door cards.

Bodywork:          Mayfair shell resprayed racing green. Bulkhead modified to accommodate Weber carburettor. Front wheel arches modified to allow fitment of 13″ wheels.

Security:              Locking wheel nuts. Thatcham approved alarm and immobiliser with certificate.


Helen Diaz – Field of dreams


My first shoot with Helen Diaz, a model who had been on my “want to work with” list for over a year. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely! Helen was a delight to shoot. Not only was she a natural in front of the camera, but I learnt so much from her during the shoot and got some pictures that I was really happy with.



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