I realise it’s been a long time since I’ve published a blog post, so I feel it’s nigh time I started up again. I’ll be writing a series of Catch-Up posts to cover shoots, events, etc that have happened in the time that I’ve been a bit silent.

Back in the about June of 2012, I decided it was time I got serious about shooting models. With a change of my personal circumstances, and a lack of affordable studios, I looked into doing studio shoots from my home. Since I had most of the gear already, I bought a roll of paper for backdrop and set on the quest of finding a model to shoot.

After an unnecessarily long search, I found a model called Angeline Bubsy; after an equally long amount of time, I actually plucked up the courage  to send her a message.

After a brief exchange of messages, we settled on the theme of the shoot: given Angeline’s background in ballet, we decided to do series of looks revolving around ballerinas. After initially proposing the idea of a grungy style of ballerina, I had an epiphany whilst watching TV and I sent her an email:

I was watching Masterchef and had the idea that we could try a bit of a horror bent to this: we could have a murderer/serial killer undertone to this by having you pose with a chef’s knife or cleaver. So we have this elegant/sexy ballerina is a grungy/fallen/evil psycho killer. I’m envisioning you with your hair down looking sweaty/wet, dark eyes/running mascara, ripped/torn/bloody tutu, tights and en-pointes.

Her response,

I’m a little freaked out right now. I’m still trying to figure out how you got into my head!! That concept is VERY  “me” – if you know what I mean? Psycho/killer ballerina – LOVE I T!! Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very keen for the cleaner grungy shots as well, it’s just that I’ve always wanted to do a scary or crazed ballet shoot – so I’m a little excited.

So needless to say, she was excited. 😀

Fast forward to the day of the shoot…

Straight off the bat I’d already made a bumbling error: we had a misunderstanding about the call time: Angeline showed up bang up on time, whereas I mistakenly thought she was going to turn up later.  So I quickly quaffed my tea and began to hurriedly set up my studio. Once I got everything ready, it was already lunch time so we broke for lunch and Angeline ducked out to pick-up lunch.

With lunch out of way, we were able to get going. After a lot of fiddling around with lights etc, we made our way through the first two looks in front of a white backdrop. First look was a simple artistic posing look to warm up, and then the next look we did the more disheveled ballerina.

Second look
For the next look we continued with the trashed ballerina theme and shot in the toilet.


By the time this look was over, it was starting to get dark outside, but we quickly set up for the last look: the look that Angeline had long been looking forward too. After quickly cleaning the kitchen, making props and destroying clothes, we got underway.



It was a long day, I made a lot of mistakes, but it was a load of fun and I got to work with a great model whom I worked with more times later. 🙂