Beltcraft 2018 - part 1

Well, I knew it was only a matter of time before I returned to Beltcraft Studio in London ( http://beltcraftstudios.com/ ).   It is the kind of place that is a little overwhelming because there is so much you can do there.  As I'd been before, I was a bit more prepared this time and I also chose my models carefully.  Jane is someone I'd shot years ago but then she had left for the far east, now she is back in London I knew I had to drag her along for this shoot.   Zara Watson is someone I've shot with loads, but I thought she would be perfect for this studio so I managed to persuade her to come along too.  It's always a bit tricky getting to the studio, as the traffic in London can be pretty fierce, but its always worth it.  My list of gear had changed since my last visit.  Back then I was still using the Fuji system, now I'm fully loaded with Sony gear.  I mostly used the Sony A7R3 for this shoot, with the 16-35 2.8 for the wide shots, and the 85mm 1.4 the rest of the time.

Here is one with the 16-35 ( why did I sell this lens?  I love this shot ).

 

 Sony A7R3 and 16-35 2.8.   Lit with a Godox AD200

Sony A7R3 and 16-35 2.8.   Lit with a Godox AD200

The awesome dresses are provided by Carrie Courtney.  Hair was by Sandra Parsons and the models did their own makeup as our MUA flaked on us at the last minute ( it happens, it's why I always ask the models to bring their makeup kit along just in case ).

 

 Sony A9 and 16-35 2.8 GM

Sony A9 and 16-35 2.8 GM

This was shot with the A9, which still has amazing image quality even if it is not quite as good for this type of shoot as the A7R3, which has better dynamic range.  The A9 is no slouch though and is a great all round camera for most tasks.  This image was created gradually and is a product of Zara's amazing imagination, which is why I wanted her for this shoot in the first place.

 

 Sony A7R3 and 85mm 1.4 GM

Sony A7R3 and 85mm 1.4 GM

There were two other photographers sharing the studio space with me.  Anna Rose was modelling for Lance, but I've worked with her many times in the past so we managed to squeeze in a 10 minute shoot while Lance was stuffing his face with a sandwich.  You don't need long with Anna to get a cool image!  That's all for now, part 2 soon when I have some time!