Recently I was approached and asked if I would like to take some photos for an online magazine that will be published soon. Of course I jumped at the chance and soon plans were hatched. We decided top head to one of my favorite urbex locations – Lillesden School for Girls. I’ve been here many times before, the first most likely around four years ago, it was one of the first handful of locations I went to in the UK. Sadly the location is quickly becoming very derelict and not particularly safe. However it is still very usable.
We were exceptionally happy to hear that the renovation will be starting very shortly at Lillesden School For Girls and may well be underway by the time this is posted.
This was the first time that I had shot anyone who wasn’t someone I already knew so I was slightly nervous, however everything went well. Two models were shot, quite different from each other, but equally as good and as brave for standing in the cold. I tried to work as quick as possible and hopefully got some decent images. I shot using both single strobes and softboxes as well as using the three light technique, some with a single umbrella. Its a great setup as very portable and easy to setup and break down and doesn’t take up too much space, this is a similar technique to how I shoot my MMA portrait images.
The idea of the shoot was to showcase Harriet Parry Flowers so I have intentionally tried to accentuate the flower creations.
Faux flower cuffs Harriet Parry Flowers
Photography Mark Blundell
Hair and makeup Jodi CorpeArt direction Joanne Wood
Models Clara Lynn Smith at Oxygen Model Management and Emma Meyrowitz