My blog tends to be a mix of showing new images from shoots, giving details of competitions successes and random musings. Well this post is a bit of all three.
I don’t put up all competition results as even I would get bored reading them, but I do like to blow my own trumpet over major successes, especially with new images. After all if I don’t nobody else will, and it’s the best way of telling other people who take an interest in my photography all in one go.
I entered lots of new images into a competition called Beauty of Face and Body, which could have been dreamt up for me with sections entitled Nude and Portrait, as well as the standard Colour and Monochrome sections, and I was very pleased that 13 of the 16 images were accepted.
This was the first time I had really entered images of the amazing Kayleigh Lush, so I was especially pleased that the image En Pointe that we created was awarded a FIAP gold medal in the Nude section. Images are usually competing against landscapes, sports images, wildlife, the whole gamut of photography, so to win a section devoted just to nudes is very rewarding.
|En Pointe – Nude section – FIAP Gold Medal|
I’d had the shot in mind for some time. My images are largely about shapes, and the bottom half of the female form has cleaner shapes than the top half. So having the bottom half of the body sticking out of my trusty TuTu gave clean lines and a surreal effect. So when Kayleigh came to visit it was the perfect opportunity. I explained and drew the pose, but as many models will testify my drawings are awful so I often do the pose first, in this case that wasn’t going to happen :) I wasn’t even sure if the pose was physically possible, but like the true professional she is, she nailed it first time, yay Kayleigh!!!
It’s been a Kayleigh week really. I don’t usually do well in monochrome sections, so was especially pleased with the medal with a monochrome image. Coincidentally I also won the camera club monochrome merit for the first time with, you’ve guessed it, another image of Kayleigh with the TuTu, The Ballerina. The was printed as a nice warm-tone image.
Here are some other images from that shoot, the first two were also accepted into the exhibition along with En Pointe, including another monochrome.
Looking through the images from that shoot while writing this post there are literally more than fifty potential competition entries, Kayleigh just kept coming up with the poses as quick as I could capture them. Such wonderful shapes and symmetry in these two.
And not only does she pose majestically, she even sewed this outfit the night before, and there are many more great ones of her from that set.
So a huge thank you Kayleigh for a massively productive shoot, and note to self work with Kayleigh more often and buy some more memory cards beforehand ;)