Castlefields, Jen Brook and a little bit of serendipity.

I was lucky enough to spend a few hours in the company of professional model Jen Brook this morning, wandering around Castlefields in Manchester.  For those that don’t know the area, it is a photographer’s dream location, full of colour, texture and striking urban architecture.  We arrived within minutes of each other at 10.00am, and off we went to make some images.  I like natural light, but I’m persevering with off-camera flash just at the minute…I know I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I think one or two came out OK!


We also noticed another shoot taking place across the canal…bikini and swimsuit seemed to be the order of the day for their model.

Shortly after this set, I learned a valuable lesson…always make sure your flashgun is firmly anchored to the lightstand – it does not bounce very well.  To be fair, my now somewhat bruised Canon 430 EX lost the infra-red cover (found it about 5 feet away) and the little pullout reflector came loose as well, but it is a testament to build quality that despite its war wounds – it still works just fine. Just has a bit of tape in strategic places!

After a change of outfit (which made Jen look about 10 feet tall) we did a bit more natural light imagery against a variety of textured backdrops – my favourites of this set was the  blue door set against the orange bricks.


Following a final outfit change, we headed off to look for more interesting locations. As we walked I noticed some amazing wall art behind a gate, and after a polite enquiry to the guys working there we were permitted inside the site to shoot.  They also very kindly invited us to take a look at some ‘proper’ grafitti under another archway – although I do think the attraction of the lovely Jen was the catalyst for this final bit of serendipity and we got some good images.


If you want to try things out and learn at the same time, go and hire a great model, not only did we have lots of fun, I learnt some ‘tricks of the trade’ (thanks Jen – I think!). I’ll definitely being doing it again soon.


About te761086

I'm a qualified professional part-time photographer living in the UK. My passion is people photography but I'm always happy to learn about new techniques. I've recently made the transition from DSLR to a mirror-less system from FUJI and have a renewed zest for my photography.
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