First photoshoot. A day in the studio with Sinopa Rin.

Those of you that follow me on Twitter, @computerdan for those that don’t, will know that for the past four weeks I’ve been in the process of arranging some studio time to photograph a professional model who’s arranging a tour of Manchester. You will also be aware that I have been a compete bag of nerves about the whole thing. Emotions up and down like a yo-yo, so far outside of my comfort zone I needed a compass and map to find my way back.

Well Saturday was the big day. Was I nervous? Of course I was.

I arrived at the studio 20 minutes early. As it turns out I was actually an hour and 20 minutes early due to a slight miscommunication issue. The studio owner let me in, and let me have a look around whilst I was waiting. So what to do to amuse myself for 80 minutes? Yup, start taking selfies.



As it happens the time alone in the studio was invaluable. It let me get used to the environment, figure out how to make the lights work, attach and detach the different light modifiers, and just generally get into the swing of things.

Then Rin arrived. I was polite and courteous as always, but more than a little terrified. I told her. No point pretending that I’m Mr Cool Photography Man. Well I needn’t have worried. Rin was an absolute delight. Charming and amusing, she poses with grace and elegance.

Here are some of the results.

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I had a session booked with Rin in the morning, and some more time in the afternoon. I’d already written of any chance of getting good images in the morning session. Just use it as a learning experience, getting used to the environment, trying not to drop my camera, remembering how to breathe, that sort of thing. I needn’t have worried as you can see from the images above.

Our morning session finished all too soon. Time for me to return home, calm down, take a valium, and gather my frayed nerves. I downloaded the images from the first session to have a look. Hey, not bad. Not bad at all. There were some good ones. Some really good ones. It turns out that all the money I’ve spent on photography books, time spent reading blog posts and articles, and watching instructional videos on YouTube were a waste of time. The way to get good photos is to get Rin in front of the lens and press the button. Easy.

Time came for the second session. We decided to try some more head shots and fashion images. Like this.

Between the lines of fear and blame you begin to wonder why you

Here she comes now arms dance together in the fall

We spent some time in the “infinity room” at the studio getting these and other images. There was chatting. Lots of chatting. Rin really did put me at ease with her relaxed conversation and the photos I think are great.

We finished off downstairs and headed back up to the main studio area. I had taken the head shots and full length fashion portraits I was after, but we still had time together. I was completely out of ideas. In a desperate attempt to appear creative I said “Girl in a chair?”

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... and if I open my heart to you, show you my weakness, what wo

Rin did her stuff and created some incredible poses, always adding that extra touch of dynamism to the images. But now I really am running on empty, creatively speaking.

This is when something magical happened. I found out just what it was like to spend some time in the company of a true creative. Rin took control of the session and idea after idea just flowed from her imagination. Things I would never have thought of, outside any perceived framework I had in my mind.

Me: “Piano?”

Rin: “I’ll climb on top of it.”

Implied piano

Rin then walks outside of the designated studio space and into the reception areas and starts rearranging the furniture, sits on the floor.

Me: “Are we even allowed to be here?”

Rin: “Blow the background out and take a picture.”

The sparkle in your eyes  Keeps me alive

Between the lines of fear and blame you begin to wonder why you


Rin: “Do you have a 50mm lens?”

Me: “Errrmmm, yes ….”

Rin: “Get under the net.”




Rin: “This will look great in black and white”, as she lies prone on the floor, head hiding behind a wall.

Push me to the floor, don't give up until I'm begging you for moI thought that I was going to be spending time with a model. I had no idea I’d also meet a muse, therapist, and a really genuinely lovely person. I would like to thank Rin for helping me create some beautiful photographs, some of the best I’ve ever been involved in capturing, for a wonderful day, but mostly for opening my mind to possibilities.

Getting on the Front Page

My first ever Front Page Image on PurplePort
My first ever Front Page Image on PurplePort

I’ve been on the PurplePort website for about a month now. It’s a fun place to be. There are some incredibly talented models, hair and make up artists, and photographers there. They are all share their work and collaborate together to produce some beautiful and breathtaking images.

One of the features of the site, right on the home page, is a section for Front Page Images (FPI). The are photographs that a small team of the community of the site have deemed as worthy of featuring on the home page of the website, something to show off the talents of the members of the site and to draw in potential new members. They are seen as a badge of honour, and having a FPI image in your portfolio is to be lauded. There are groups specially dedicated to FPIs where members will chat about recent successes in the field.

Obviously the world of working with models is all new to me. My portfolio currently consists of Lego and self-portraits. Nothing earth shattering, no visions of desire, and no huge conceptual depictions of art. Also, I have no reference to my name at this point which won’t do much to encourage potential models to work with me.

Something happened last week. I started getting notifications from the site. I get one or two now and again, but suddenly I have five, then a dozen, then twenty. Odd. Then more notifications. Curious. One of the notifications was from the site stating that one of my images had been chose for the Front Page. I was overjoyed! The inner sanctum of the site had chosen one of my images as being worthy of an FPI award. They even attach a little badge to your photo, like a gold star sticker from the schoolteacher.

The image selected was the one you see above, a couple of my Lego mini-figures holding hands, and watching the sunset. You may have seen it here before but this time is has the sticker on it. People liked it. Lots and lots of PhotoLove came my way, and people wrote such lovely comments praising my work and stating how much they enjoyed viewing it. I looked at the front page of the site and there was my Lego image along with some fantastic images of beauty, art, creative lighting, incredible poses, and young ladies in their under-crackers. That was a good day.

Unfortunately today’s model shoot had to be cancelled at short notice, hence the blog post. I do however have a shoot arranged with an incredibly talented model next week. I am thrilled and enthused about my photography. Starting this process has been somewhat daunting for me at times, but right now I am loving the ride!

Looking forward to sharing some images of a real person other than myself with you soon.


My Rock

My rockMy confidence took a bit of a knock a few years back. Lots of things changed in my life, the details of which I’m not going to bore you with. Nothing serious, just a couple of setbacks and interruptions that were not particularly welcome.

Things are much better these days. I have felt my confidence return in surges of late. Not quite up to where I was, but getting there. Taking action is helping enormously.

Throughout all of this time, one thing has remained constant. The love and support I’ve received from the beautiful lady pictured has always kept me going. Without her I … well, I just don’t even want to contemplate doing anything without her.

Of course I tell her how I feel each and every day, but I just wanted to put down in writing my love, thanks, gratitude, and overwhelming joy for everything she has done, and continues to do for me. Thank you.

Love you sweetie.


Yellow Nose Day

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