Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Louise Grant


We met Louise Grant at the Dundee heat for Miss Great Britain Scotland. I'd been planning a shoot with Gillian Lees - Louise was good enough to stand-in when our original model wasn't available.

Louise and Gillian were also good enough to let me break in my friend Iain Fairbairn as an assistant (Fiona was working and Iain is a keen photographer who also wanted to learn about lighting, etc.). I guess Iain's main lesson is that there isn't a lot of shooting time in a shoot!

This was actually Louise's first shoot - I'm very pleased with the results.
Louise Grant, make-up and styling by Gillian Lees Date: 29 June 2010 © Copyright 2010 Barrie SpenceLouise Grant, make-up and styling by Gillian Lees Date: 29 June 2010 © Copyright 2010 Barrie Spence

[Full Gallery - studio shoot with Louise Grant]

Friday, 25 June 2010

Miss Great Britain - Scotland - Dundee heat


Very different from the previous Miss Great Britain Scotland events, this was a private event in Fat Sam's VIP room.

We weren't originally supposed to be involved with the Dundee heat, but the local photographer dropped out at short notice and Marianne asked if we could fill in. I got in touch with Gillian Lees to see if she was available for make-up and, since there were seven contestants, she enlisted Matilda Sjöblom to help too. Amazingly, we managed to fit 4 of us with all the gear including my studio lights and the small softbox in the Mazda 2.

If I'd remembered in advance that it was the weekend of the Royal Highland Show I might not have been so keen, but we avoided most of the traffic queuing for the bridge and made Dundee in pretty good time.

Unlike previous venues, Fat Sam's VIP room is predominantly white ... no real problem with flash power (and of course since it was a private shoot we could use the studio gear too). Unfortunately the windows at the back of the room were reflective and that detracts in some of the shots.

Marriane Morrison (Director Miss Great Britain Scotland):
Miss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat: Marianne Morrison (Director Miss Great Britain Scotland)

The contestants:
Miss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat: Laura HendersonMiss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat: Miss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat:

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat: Louise GrantMiss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat: Jeni-Lee VaughanMiss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat: Miss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat:

All the contestants together:
Miss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat - all contestants

Gemma Gardiner, the winner, with the runners-up Laura Henderson and Tracey Scott:
Miss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat: Gemma Gardiner, the winner, with the runners-up Laura Henderson and Tracey Scott

Gemma Gardiner, the winner:
Miss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat: Gemma Gardiner, the winner

[Full Gallery - Miss Great Britain Scotland - Dundee heat]

Friday, 11 June 2010

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat


Byblos in Glasgow was the venue - dark, low ceilings and an unhelpfully bright high intensity spotlight partially illuminating the contestants at the end of the catwalk.

The spotlight would have been bright enough to allow me to shoot without flash, but the beam typically ended up bisecting a face with a very hard boundary (and at had least four stops difference between the illuminated area and shadows). A boost in flash power helped with a lot of the shots, but large number were still immediate discards.

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: Paula GMiss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: Joanne Newall

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: Louise CarrollMiss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: Alexandra Prior

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: Joanna MonahanMiss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: Nefertari Robertson

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: Sarah FinlayMiss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: Sukhi Kohli

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: Razan KandiMiss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: Danni Menzies

The Kittykat Dolls provided some entertainment during the intermission while the judges did their thing.

Kittycat Dolls performing at the Glasgow heat of Miss Great Britain Scotland 2010. Date: 11 June 2010 © Copyright 2010 Barrie SpenceKittycat Dolls performing at the Glasgow heat of Miss Great Britain Scotland 2010. Date: 11 June 2010 © Copyright 2010 Barrie Spence

Kittycat Dolls performing at the Glasgow heat of Miss Great Britain Scotland 2010. Date: 11 June 2010 © Copyright 2010 Barrie SpenceKittycat Dolls performing at the Glasgow heat of Miss Great Britain Scotland 2010. Date: 11 June 2010 © Copyright 2010 Barrie Spence

[Full Gallery - Kittycat Dolls at Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat]

And to finish the evening, some shots of the winner, Louise Carrol:

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: winner Louise Carroll crowned by Marianne Morrison

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: winner Louise Carroll with runners-up Danni Menzies and Alexandra Prior

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat: winner Louise Carroll

[Full Gallery - Miss Great Britain Scotland - Glasgow heat]

Credit to James Clark and his team for the entrants' make-up.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat


I can't say I'm overly fond of "event" photography (moving targets and challenging venues never make for consistently good results), but this sort of event is always good for networking. The City nightclub wasn't actually too bad though - the photographs turned out fine.

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat: Samantha ReadeMiss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat: Claire Pentony

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat: Natasha DinwoodieMiss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat: Alana Green

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat: Nicole AbbottMiss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat: Gemma Gardiner

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat: Gillian Louise MurrayMiss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat: Laura Bateman

Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat: Fiona DickieMiss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat: Sara Mclean

For an interlude, there was a fashion show by Bright Side Models.

Stefania Ottelli Zoletti - BrightSide Models fashion show (Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat)Natalia Buraimoh - BrightSide Models fashion show (Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat)

Melissa Marshall - BrightSide Models fashion show (Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat)Justyna Pieróg - BrightSide Models fashion show (Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat)

Agata Myszkowska - BrightSide Models fashion show (Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat)BrightSide Models fashion show (Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat)

BrightSide Models fashion show (Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat)Joanna Crerar - BrightSide Models fashion show (Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat)

BrightSide Models fashion show (Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat)Katy Malone - BrightSide Models fashion show (Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat)

[Full gallery of BrightSide Models fashion show at Miss Great Britain Scotland (Edinburgh heat) on Facebook].

Sara Mclean, Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat winner

Sara Mclean, Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat winner

Sara Mclean, Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat winnerSara Mclean, Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat winner - with Marianne Morrison

[Full Gallery of shots from the Miss Great Britain Scotland - Edinburgh heat - on Facebook]

Fiona was also shooting and she has a alternative and complementary set of images ... but this is my blog ;)

Credits to Tatiana Ashakova's team and Gillian Lees for the make-up on the night.