David Fan Glamour Workshop

I am always keen to learn from the best so when the opportunity came to travel up north and attend a weekend workshop on glamour photography I jumped at the chance. The course was run by David Fan and Edward Hor. David specialised in glamour images mainly shooting for the performance car magazines.

What really attracted me to the course was that it was going to be a mixture of shooting and post production techniques.

They managed to borrow some fairly expensive Profoto lighting gear. The workshop was limited to 8 participants.

On the first day we broke into two groups and took turns

On the Sunday afternoon we got to organise our own 30 minute shoot with the other photographers acting as our assistants. I had spotted a location early on and knew exactly what I wanted. 15 minutes in Edward was stirring because I hadn’t taken a shot but I nailed exactly what I wanted with 5 minutes to spare.

The funny thing was that shooting last I had essentially brought our group back to the cars, whereas the other group had been moving progressively away from them. That worked out well when just as we finished the shoot the heavens opened again.

Weltec – Hair

This was another shoot organised by Iris but this time for the hairdressing school. As part of the finals they had a competition for long hair. At time you definitely didn’t want to go into the salon with a naked flame given the amount of hair spray going round.

Like the makeup one we were expected to take head, upper body and full body shots. But unlike the makeup session, all of the students started at the same time and then we were given a 75 minute timeslot to take the photos before the judging was done.

We set up three stations with me using my studio setup while the other two photographers used a mixture of flash and natural light. Most students wanted to use the studio which meant I had to work quick.

Basically this is production line photography. The lights were set for a full body marked with an X on the floor. The model was put into position and the shots taken.


Another category in the 2011 Wellington Interclub was “cosmopolitan”. The word can have several meaning and I took the drink as my inspiration. I wanted a close up shot of a cocktail and rich lips.

Grace agreed to help me with this one and we managed to nail it fairly quickly, although she was a little disappointed when she discovered that I was getting her to drink straight cranberry juice with no alcohol.

While Grace’s lips and makeup were perfect it was not until I got the final print that I realised that her nails did not have any polish on them. By that stage it was too late to fix. The judge picked that fact up but rather than downgrading the image, thought it was a deliberate statement.

The image did very well coming second in its category.