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LSS Meetup No. 10 - Ladywell Arena 21/08/11

 

Finally the group had reach a landmark in attaining double figures. Sunday 21st August 2011 was the recorded date for the groups 10th meetup which was held in South London at Ladywell Arena which is a multiple use sports venue with athletic and gym facilities. This showed a lot of ambition and enthusiasm as the group conducted for the second time two meet ups within a single month.

 

Ladywell Arena Website:

http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/Ladywell_Arena 

 

With the 2012 Olympics on it’s way this meetup was ahead of it’s time. The group had access to the running track, hurdles, shot put, long jump and gym facilities. Set locations for photographs were plentiful but challenging which meant the group had to be very creative with their ideas.

 

Various new photographers and models in and out of London, both male and female were invited to the arena paving the way for new talent to show case their skills in front of the camera. The models were put through their paces running up and down the track and posing in the sandpit. The models also had fun working within the gym and using the exercise equipment . In many ways this shoot reflected the 2nd LSS Meetup which was held at the Energie Fitness Gym.

 

Energie Fitness Gym:

http://ntp-photography.tumblr.com/post/5634112260/lssmeetups-london-speedlite-scene-energie

 

Sadly this was the last meetup for a while as the group had been working very hard, consistently delivering entertaining shoots throughout the summer. Another meetup was eventually booked which would be the first time a meetup would take place out of London but before that shoot would be completed much reflection and planning had to be undertaken on how to take the group forward and ensure it’s momentum going into the new year.

 

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LSS Meetup No. 9 – Murder Mile Studio 07/08/11 

  

London Speedlite Scene had their 9th meetup on Sunday 7th August 2011 at Murder Mile Studios, an alternative themed, fetish friendly studio in East London. This meetup was not to everyone’s taste especially to the keen fashion photographers but to the rest of the group Murder Mile could not be missed as it was another opportunity to explore the depths of their creativity even further. 

 

Months of careful planning benefited the group who had invited as guest features to the shoot a few experienced alternative models. These were perfect for the themed location. Also selections of top talent from the Elect Models were called upon for their own sense of unique and styling.  

 

On the creative side of things the individual make-up artists had come up with a new name to label themselves, namely Intense Makeup Artists. They had also resourced an MUA whose work and personal styling was alternatively influenced. All in all it was down to business as usual. Now the MUA’s had finished on the models the shoot could fully begin… 

  

The Bar - Models were poised on the stainless steel bar as if they were intoxicated by the sheer adrenalin of the shoot. The bar also featured 3 black leather and steel bar stools, had black brick walls with a Masonic black and white chequered floor.

                                                      

The Boudoir – A lot of time was spent inside the Boudoir. It was time well spent as some of the group’s best images were taken inside there. It boasted a black French dressing table, black chaise lounge and a very large and alluring dark wooden four poster bed. The walls and bed satin bed sheets were blood reminiscent of a scene straight out of a lustful vampire novel.


The Dungeon – Was the mother of all fiendish places. The models were put through their paces but were brave enough to endure the inhumane perverse torture replicas. It featured a bondage bed with cage, mummification bench, steel St Andrews cross, steel bondage chair, black steel dog cage and a whipping bench.


The Prison Cell – The white steel bars of the prison cell imprisoned many models on the day of the shoot. Inside was a single bed with white sheets and steel non functional toilet on a grey floor.  

 

The White (Psychiatric) Room – If the cell wasn’t enough the white floor, walls and double doors was an insane person’s nightmare. One can only imagine why a dentist chair, red vintage Gynaecologist chair was placed inside.   

 

The Purple Damask Wall This room had huge metal and purple throne inside. It must have belonged to someone evil, demented, perverted and powerful. One can only fathom why 1 steel dancer’s pole was placed centre stage there. 

 

Murder Mile Website: http://www.murdermile.co.uk/


With all the different rooms and devilish props to play with Murder Mile Studios had to be the group’s most bizarre meetup. It was unlike any other location they had been too before. Surely now if this group could survive Murder Mile Studios they could venture to other locations not yet embarked upon by other photography groups…


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LSS Meetup No. 8 – Holborn Derelict Court House 31/07/11

The third event to take place in July was the 8th meetup held at Holborn Derelict Court House. This all took place on Sunday 31st July 2011 and is remembered for London Speedlite Scene introducing the first models from it’s newly formed off shoot product Elect Model Management. The meetup also included their first special guest celebrity feature, non other than best selling author, Hollywood actor and celebrity gangster figure, Dave Courtney OBE. 

To start off with the team met outside Holborn tube station and once most of the team was gathered they stopped off at the nearest coffee bar for a few drinks. Once everyone had turned up the group made their way to the abandoned court house. Words could not describe how large and surreal the building was. Inside was even more impressive, money could not buy this location it was as if the building was set straight out of a eerie horror movie. To describe it the building contained only wooden floor boards and cold crumbling walls perfect for any creative photo shoot. In all there were 5 levels with at least 5 large Victorian rooms with fireplaces in each room.  


On the 1st floor boasted the main court room large enough to contain a few hundred people. On the 2nd  floor was the old library chambers were hundreds of law books used to be kept. Each room had it’s own distinctive personality.  

The makeup artists as usual took control of the preparations early on with getting the models in character for the shoot. Characters such as female lawyers, blood soaked sirens, gangsters wives and deadly assassins were created. This gave the photographers perfect opportunity to work with Dave Courtney and explore the buildings surroundings. Immediately it was obvious that they had a figure to work with who was very at home having his photo taken professionally. Dave Courtney brought with him many props for the photo shoot. His trademark knuckle dusters especially… every photo taken was cherished by the group. 

Dave Courtney’s Website: http://www.davecourtney.com/


Once the Elect Models were out of hair and makeup ready to shoot, they all had their turn to work with Dave Courtney in many creative ways. If Dave wasn’t lending the models his trademark tools and props they were acting out courtroom, gangster and other dramatic scenes. It was a long day full of intense excitement.


Elect Model Management: http://www.elect-models.com/

The building was utilised from top floor to basement although it has been said that there are other areas in the court house that have been missed out due to the large maze like complexity of the place.


With that being said London Speedlite Scene will no doubt venture back to the derelict court house again as time is limited and there is no telling for how long the venue will remain available to the group.

Quick note: 

If you are allergic to dust or have asthma it is well advised not to attend this venue.

http://www.londonspeedlitescene.co.uk/ 

LSS Studio Event No.1: Photographer’s Workshop Open Day 24/07/11

July was a very eventful month for London Speedlite Scene. With having recently completed a successful meetup at Hampstead Heath the group administrators decided it was time to raise the awareness of the photographic studio they had acquired. This was done by initiating a photographer’s workshop with an open invitation to all members of LSS on Sunday 24th July 2011. 

Although it felt a lot like a house warming party with drinks and snacks being shared the whole idea of the day was for photographers with studio experience to share their knowledge with photographers who were not as familiar with a controlled photographic setting. 


For this to happen the group relied on a few models who had previously attended the meetups to lend themselves as test subjects for the keen photographers. This all worked out very well with models being photographed by 5 to 6 photographers at the same time… The event lasted the whole day with photographers learning new lighting techniques but for all the fun there was to be had there was still  a lot of tidying up to be done. 

If you would like to keep up to date with studio events please click the following link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Speedlite-Scene-LSS-Meetups-Ltd/173211306028196. This studio event is also remembered for not only introducing new models and photographers but the group’s first hairstylist. 


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July LSS Meetup No. 7 – Hampstead Heath 10/07/11

The 7th meetup was held at Hampstead Heath which took place on Sunday 10th July 2011. This meetup is noted for taking place just two weeks after the previous one in June that same year. On the day organisers of London Speedlite Scene decided to meet and assemble the members outside Hampstead Heath train station. As expected an abundance of new faces had turned out in their dozens to participate in the photographic invasion of Hampstead Heath. Due to the expansive open space of the Heath, over twenty photographers, two dozen models and a handful of make-up artists were invited to the meetup. As a stroke of genius one quick thinking photographer had decided a few days earlier that the group should hire a Gazebo with benches and a table for the makeup artists to work in comfort. Finally the group set up near public rest rooms making it easier for models change in and out of their outfits comfortably. Eventually with everyone working together the 12 foot gazebo was erected, expensive photography equipment was set up, shots being tested and make-up being laid out on display. 
As soon as the makeup artists had finished working on a model they were paired up and ventured off into the wooded areas of the Heath with the various photographers. It was there in the darkened wooded areas that you saw stunning brave and bare footed models perched on trees, laying on the earthy floor in leaves, utilising the benches dotted around also using branches and tree trunks as if they were props purposely place there for the convenience of the group. Half way through the day the group decided to relocate to another part of the Heath and went exploring up hill until they found another wooded area totally enclosed from the public’s eye. It was here that one of the makeup artists really got creative and displayed their true talents by turning a handful of models out in traditional African clothing and tribal makeup. The group took photos at this second location in the Heath for the rest of the evening up until sun set. There was no telling when they would have stopped shooting had the rain not fell upon them.  Lastly everyone made their way back to the original meeting point just outside the train station and stood there for what seemed like another hour discussing the results they had gotten from the day’s shooting activities. 

The other topic which was on a few member’s mouths was the new photographic studio situated in south west London that the group had acquired on the 1st of July that year. This was another bold step for London Speedlite Scene but one that could strengthen the group’s productivity and allow each member to cultivate their skills with the new possibility of studio workshops and regular access to a familiar space to work in.Quick Note:
To all those reading this blog and who would venture out to Hampstead Heath to do a photoshoot please be aware that you need permission to do so. The Heath is patrolled by vigilant wardens who will gladly move you on or call the police which could result in your photographic equipment being confiscated if you have not pre booked the site prior to shooting there.http://www.londonspeedlitescene.co.uk/
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July LSS Meetup No. 7 – Hampstead Heath 10/07/11

The 7th meetup was held at Hampstead Heath which took place on Sunday 10th July 2011. This meetup is noted for taking place just two weeks after the previous one in June that same year. On the day organisers of London Speedlite Scene decided to meet and assemble the members outside Hampstead Heath train station. As expected an abundance of new faces had turned out in their dozens to participate in the photographic invasion of Hampstead Heath. Due to the expansive open space of the Heath, over twenty photographers, two dozen models and a handful of make-up artists were invited to the meetup. As a stroke of genius one quick thinking photographer had decided a few days earlier that the group should hire a Gazebo with benches and a table for the makeup artists to work in comfort. Finally the group set up near public rest rooms making it easier for models change in and out of their outfits comfortably. Eventually with everyone working together the 12 foot gazebo was erected, expensive photography equipment was set up, shots being tested and make-up being laid out on display. 
As soon as the makeup artists had finished working on a model they were paired up and ventured off into the wooded areas of the Heath with the various photographers. It was there in the darkened wooded areas that you saw stunning brave and bare footed models perched on trees, laying on the earthy floor in leaves, utilising the benches dotted around also using branches and tree trunks as if they were props purposely place there for the convenience of the group. Half way through the day the group decided to relocate to another part of the Heath and went exploring up hill until they found another wooded area totally enclosed from the public’s eye. It was here that one of the makeup artists really got creative and displayed their true talents by turning a handful of models out in traditional African clothing and tribal makeup. The group took photos at this second location in the Heath for the rest of the evening up until sun set. There was no telling when they would have stopped shooting had the rain not fell upon them.  Lastly everyone made their way back to the original meeting point just outside the train station and stood there for what seemed like another hour discussing the results they had gotten from the day’s shooting activities. 

The other topic which was on a few member’s mouths was the new photographic studio situated in south west London that the group had acquired on the 1st of July that year. This was another bold step for London Speedlite Scene but one that could strengthen the group’s productivity and allow each member to cultivate their skills with the new possibility of studio workshops and regular access to a familiar space to work in.Quick Note:
To all those reading this blog and who would venture out to Hampstead Heath to do a photoshoot please be aware that you need permission to do so. The Heath is patrolled by vigilant wardens who will gladly move you on or call the police which could result in your photographic equipment being confiscated if you have not pre booked the site prior to shooting there.http://www.londonspeedlitescene.co.uk/
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July LSS Meetup No. 7 – Hampstead Heath 10/07/11

The 7th meetup was held at Hampstead Heath which took place on Sunday 10th July 2011. This meetup is noted for taking place just two weeks after the previous one in June that same year. On the day organisers of London Speedlite Scene decided to meet and assemble the members outside Hampstead Heath train station. As expected an abundance of new faces had turned out in their dozens to participate in the photographic invasion of Hampstead Heath. Due to the expansive open space of the Heath, over twenty photographers, two dozen models and a handful of make-up artists were invited to the meetup. As a stroke of genius one quick thinking photographer had decided a few days earlier that the group should hire a Gazebo with benches and a table for the makeup artists to work in comfort. Finally the group set up near public rest rooms making it easier for models change in and out of their outfits comfortably. Eventually with everyone working together the 12 foot gazebo was erected, expensive photography equipment was set up, shots being tested and make-up being laid out on display. 
As soon as the makeup artists had finished working on a model they were paired up and ventured off into the wooded areas of the Heath with the various photographers. It was there in the darkened wooded areas that you saw stunning brave and bare footed models perched on trees, laying on the earthy floor in leaves, utilising the benches dotted around also using branches and tree trunks as if they were props purposely place there for the convenience of the group. Half way through the day the group decided to relocate to another part of the Heath and went exploring up hill until they found another wooded area totally enclosed from the public’s eye. It was here that one of the makeup artists really got creative and displayed their true talents by turning a handful of models out in traditional African clothing and tribal makeup. The group took photos at this second location in the Heath for the rest of the evening up until sun set. There was no telling when they would have stopped shooting had the rain not fell upon them.  Lastly everyone made their way back to the original meeting point just outside the train station and stood there for what seemed like another hour discussing the results they had gotten from the day’s shooting activities. 

The other topic which was on a few member’s mouths was the new photographic studio situated in south west London that the group had acquired on the 1st of July that year. This was another bold step for London Speedlite Scene but one that could strengthen the group’s productivity and allow each member to cultivate their skills with the new possibility of studio workshops and regular access to a familiar space to work in.Quick Note:
To all those reading this blog and who would venture out to Hampstead Heath to do a photoshoot please be aware that you need permission to do so. The Heath is patrolled by vigilant wardens who will gladly move you on or call the police which could result in your photographic equipment being confiscated if you have not pre booked the site prior to shooting there.http://www.londonspeedlitescene.co.uk/
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July LSS Meetup No. 7 – Hampstead Heath 10/07/11

The 7th meetup was held at Hampstead Heath which took place on Sunday 10th July 2011. This meetup is noted for taking place just two weeks after the previous one in June that same year. On the day organisers of London Speedlite Scene decided to meet and assemble the members outside Hampstead Heath train station. As expected an abundance of new faces had turned out in their dozens to participate in the photographic invasion of Hampstead Heath. Due to the expansive open space of the Heath, over twenty photographers, two dozen models and a handful of make-up artists were invited to the meetup. As a stroke of genius one quick thinking photographer had decided a few days earlier that the group should hire a Gazebo with benches and a table for the makeup artists to work in comfort. Finally the group set up near public rest rooms making it easier for models change in and out of their outfits comfortably. Eventually with everyone working together the 12 foot gazebo was erected, expensive photography equipment was set up, shots being tested and make-up being laid out on display. 
As soon as the makeup artists had finished working on a model they were paired up and ventured off into the wooded areas of the Heath with the various photographers. It was there in the darkened wooded areas that you saw stunning brave and bare footed models perched on trees, laying on the earthy floor in leaves, utilising the benches dotted around also using branches and tree trunks as if they were props purposely place there for the convenience of the group. Half way through the day the group decided to relocate to another part of the Heath and went exploring up hill until they found another wooded area totally enclosed from the public’s eye. It was here that one of the makeup artists really got creative and displayed their true talents by turning a handful of models out in traditional African clothing and tribal makeup. The group took photos at this second location in the Heath for the rest of the evening up until sun set. There was no telling when they would have stopped shooting had the rain not fell upon them.  Lastly everyone made their way back to the original meeting point just outside the train station and stood there for what seemed like another hour discussing the results they had gotten from the day’s shooting activities. 

The other topic which was on a few member’s mouths was the new photographic studio situated in south west London that the group had acquired on the 1st of July that year. This was another bold step for London Speedlite Scene but one that could strengthen the group’s productivity and allow each member to cultivate their skills with the new possibility of studio workshops and regular access to a familiar space to work in.Quick Note:
To all those reading this blog and who would venture out to Hampstead Heath to do a photoshoot please be aware that you need permission to do so. The Heath is patrolled by vigilant wardens who will gladly move you on or call the police which could result in your photographic equipment being confiscated if you have not pre booked the site prior to shooting there.http://www.londonspeedlitescene.co.uk/
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July LSS Meetup No. 7 – Hampstead Heath 10/07/11

The 7th meetup was held at Hampstead Heath which took place on Sunday 10th July 2011. This meetup is noted for taking place just two weeks after the previous one in June that same year. On the day organisers of London Speedlite Scene decided to meet and assemble the members outside Hampstead Heath train station. As expected an abundance of new faces had turned out in their dozens to participate in the photographic invasion of Hampstead Heath. 

Due to the expansive open space of the Heath, over twenty photographers, two dozen models and a handful of make-up artists were invited to the meetup. As a stroke of genius one quick thinking photographer had decided a few days earlier that the group should hire a Gazebo with benches and a table for the makeup artists to work in comfort. Finally the group set up near public rest rooms making it easier for models change in and out of their outfits comfortably. Eventually with everyone working together the 12 foot gazebo was erected, expensive photography equipment was set up, shots being tested and make-up being laid out on display. 


As soon as the makeup artists had finished working on a model they were paired up and ventured off into the wooded areas of the Heath with the various photographers. It was there in the darkened wooded areas that you saw stunning brave and bare footed models perched on trees, laying on the earthy floor in leaves, utilising the benches dotted around also using branches and tree trunks as if they were props purposely place there for the convenience of the group. 

Half way through the day the group decided to relocate to another part of the Heath and went exploring up hill until they found another wooded area totally enclosed from the public’s eye. It was here that one of the makeup artists really got creative and displayed their true talents by turning a handful of models out in traditional African clothing and tribal makeup. The group took photos at this second location in the Heath for the rest of the evening up until sun set. There was no telling when they would have stopped shooting had the rain not fell upon them.  

Lastly everyone made their way back to the original meeting point just outside the train station and stood there for what seemed like another hour discussing the results they had gotten from the day’s shooting activities. 

The other topic which was on a few member’s mouths was the new photographic studio situated in south west London that the group had acquired on the 1st of July that year. This was another bold step for London Speedlite Scene but one that could strengthen the group’s productivity and allow each member to cultivate their skills with the new possibility of studio workshops and regular access to a familiar space to work in.

Quick Note:


To all those reading this blog and who would venture out to Hampstead Heath to do a photoshoot please be aware that you need permission to do so. The Heath is patrolled by vigilant wardens who will gladly move you on or call the police which could result in your photographic equipment being confiscated if you have not pre booked the site prior to shooting there.

http://www.londonspeedlitescene.co.uk/

June LSS Meetup No. 6 – Flirtease Shisha & Dessert Bar 26/06/11

At the start of the summer the 6th LSS meetup has to be remembered as one of the hottest meetups for London Speedlite Scene. With over twenty photographers, several makeup artists and even more models thrown into the mix the turnout at the north London Shisha bar indicated another successful event before it had even started.
As usual due to the popularity of the group there were new photographers, models and mua’s to welcome, regular members had the chance to catch up with each other from the last event plus being a hot day there was food and plenty of drinks being ordered throughout the day.

This particular meetup goes down on record as being held on Sunday 26th June 2011 which was chosen due to the close proximity to one of the founding member’s birthday!!!

There were three locations to work at within the Shisha bar.

1) The Dessert Bar – This was a very popular location as the make-up artists directed the models here first after they had finished working on them. Tables & chairs were inventively being used as props. Models were being photographed together in very creative sequences and although this area wasn’t extremely large it proved that these bunch of keen photographers were able to work in any space at any given location and get the images they wanted for their portfolios.

2) The Shisha Lounge – The largest area of the three allocated spaces, to be expected was outdoors. It was a tented area with Arabic styled furniture you almost felt like you were abroad due to the baking hot sun making it presence well known. The models it has to be noted again made amazing efforts with their wardrobe. The photographers were spoilt for choices “How to shoot what model in what outfit at what location???”

3) The Basement Bar – This area was available for photographs but it is largely recognised as being run by the group’s make-up artists (mua’s). These mua’s had organised the models downstairs perfectly… each model seemed content with getting to know each other while they waited their turns to have their intense and distinctive make overs for the photographs being taken upstairs.

If that wasn’t enough the meetup was being videographed and to top it off two beautiful sports motor bikes one blue the other orange in colour was brought into the outdoor Shisha lounge for which some stunning images were taken. The models each had a turn modelling the bike, if it was being sold that day it would have gone for thousands of pounds several times over!!! 
  
Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54VAxaVGy-E&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL   
 
The 6th LSS Meetup was a memorable one… after the last photographer was finished shooting with a selection of hardworking models there was a special birthday celebration held… The group thanked the venue for their hospitality and were already discussing the next meetup which would be at Hampstead Heath that was already planned and booked for the month of July. 
  
http://www.londonspeedlitescene.co.uk/ 
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June LSS Meetup No. 6 – Flirtease Shisha & Dessert Bar 26/06/11

At the start of the summer the 6th LSS meetup has to be remembered as one of the hottest meetups for London Speedlite Scene. With over twenty photographers, several makeup artists and even more models thrown into the mix the turnout at the north London Shisha bar indicated another successful event before it had even started.
As usual due to the popularity of the group there were new photographers, models and mua’s to welcome, regular members had the chance to catch up with each other from the last event plus being a hot day there was food and plenty of drinks being ordered throughout the day.

This particular meetup goes down on record as being held on Sunday 26th June 2011 which was chosen due to the close proximity to one of the founding member’s birthday!!!

There were three locations to work at within the Shisha bar.

1) The Dessert Bar – This was a very popular location as the make-up artists directed the models here first after they had finished working on them. Tables & chairs were inventively being used as props. Models were being photographed together in very creative sequences and although this area wasn’t extremely large it proved that these bunch of keen photographers were able to work in any space at any given location and get the images they wanted for their portfolios.

2) The Shisha Lounge – The largest area of the three allocated spaces, to be expected was outdoors. It was a tented area with Arabic styled furniture you almost felt like you were abroad due to the baking hot sun making it presence well known. The models it has to be noted again made amazing efforts with their wardrobe. The photographers were spoilt for choices “How to shoot what model in what outfit at what location???”

3) The Basement Bar – This area was available for photographs but it is largely recognised as being run by the group’s make-up artists (mua’s). These mua’s had organised the models downstairs perfectly… each model seemed content with getting to know each other while they waited their turns to have their intense and distinctive make overs for the photographs being taken upstairs.

If that wasn’t enough the meetup was being videographed and to top it off two beautiful sports motor bikes one blue the other orange in colour was brought into the outdoor Shisha lounge for which some stunning images were taken. The models each had a turn modelling the bike, if it was being sold that day it would have gone for thousands of pounds several times over!!! 
  
Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54VAxaVGy-E&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL   
 
The 6th LSS Meetup was a memorable one… after the last photographer was finished shooting with a selection of hardworking models there was a special birthday celebration held… The group thanked the venue for their hospitality and were already discussing the next meetup which would be at Hampstead Heath that was already planned and booked for the month of July. 
  
http://www.londonspeedlitescene.co.uk/ 
Zoom Info
June LSS Meetup No. 6 – Flirtease Shisha & Dessert Bar 26/06/11

At the start of the summer the 6th LSS meetup has to be remembered as one of the hottest meetups for London Speedlite Scene. With over twenty photographers, several makeup artists and even more models thrown into the mix the turnout at the north London Shisha bar indicated another successful event before it had even started.
As usual due to the popularity of the group there were new photographers, models and mua’s to welcome, regular members had the chance to catch up with each other from the last event plus being a hot day there was food and plenty of drinks being ordered throughout the day.

This particular meetup goes down on record as being held on Sunday 26th June 2011 which was chosen due to the close proximity to one of the founding member’s birthday!!!

There were three locations to work at within the Shisha bar.

1) The Dessert Bar – This was a very popular location as the make-up artists directed the models here first after they had finished working on them. Tables & chairs were inventively being used as props. Models were being photographed together in very creative sequences and although this area wasn’t extremely large it proved that these bunch of keen photographers were able to work in any space at any given location and get the images they wanted for their portfolios.

2) The Shisha Lounge – The largest area of the three allocated spaces, to be expected was outdoors. It was a tented area with Arabic styled furniture you almost felt like you were abroad due to the baking hot sun making it presence well known. The models it has to be noted again made amazing efforts with their wardrobe. The photographers were spoilt for choices “How to shoot what model in what outfit at what location???”

3) The Basement Bar – This area was available for photographs but it is largely recognised as being run by the group’s make-up artists (mua’s). These mua’s had organised the models downstairs perfectly… each model seemed content with getting to know each other while they waited their turns to have their intense and distinctive make overs for the photographs being taken upstairs.

If that wasn’t enough the meetup was being videographed and to top it off two beautiful sports motor bikes one blue the other orange in colour was brought into the outdoor Shisha lounge for which some stunning images were taken. The models each had a turn modelling the bike, if it was being sold that day it would have gone for thousands of pounds several times over!!! 
  
Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54VAxaVGy-E&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL   
 
The 6th LSS Meetup was a memorable one… after the last photographer was finished shooting with a selection of hardworking models there was a special birthday celebration held… The group thanked the venue for their hospitality and were already discussing the next meetup which would be at Hampstead Heath that was already planned and booked for the month of July. 
  
http://www.londonspeedlitescene.co.uk/ 
Zoom Info
June LSS Meetup No. 6 – Flirtease Shisha & Dessert Bar 26/06/11

At the start of the summer the 6th LSS meetup has to be remembered as one of the hottest meetups for London Speedlite Scene. With over twenty photographers, several makeup artists and even more models thrown into the mix the turnout at the north London Shisha bar indicated another successful event before it had even started.
As usual due to the popularity of the group there were new photographers, models and mua’s to welcome, regular members had the chance to catch up with each other from the last event plus being a hot day there was food and plenty of drinks being ordered throughout the day.

This particular meetup goes down on record as being held on Sunday 26th June 2011 which was chosen due to the close proximity to one of the founding member’s birthday!!!

There were three locations to work at within the Shisha bar.

1) The Dessert Bar – This was a very popular location as the make-up artists directed the models here first after they had finished working on them. Tables & chairs were inventively being used as props. Models were being photographed together in very creative sequences and although this area wasn’t extremely large it proved that these bunch of keen photographers were able to work in any space at any given location and get the images they wanted for their portfolios.

2) The Shisha Lounge – The largest area of the three allocated spaces, to be expected was outdoors. It was a tented area with Arabic styled furniture you almost felt like you were abroad due to the baking hot sun making it presence well known. The models it has to be noted again made amazing efforts with their wardrobe. The photographers were spoilt for choices “How to shoot what model in what outfit at what location???”

3) The Basement Bar – This area was available for photographs but it is largely recognised as being run by the group’s make-up artists (mua’s). These mua’s had organised the models downstairs perfectly… each model seemed content with getting to know each other while they waited their turns to have their intense and distinctive make overs for the photographs being taken upstairs.

If that wasn’t enough the meetup was being videographed and to top it off two beautiful sports motor bikes one blue the other orange in colour was brought into the outdoor Shisha lounge for which some stunning images were taken. The models each had a turn modelling the bike, if it was being sold that day it would have gone for thousands of pounds several times over!!! 
  
Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54VAxaVGy-E&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL   
 
The 6th LSS Meetup was a memorable one… after the last photographer was finished shooting with a selection of hardworking models there was a special birthday celebration held… The group thanked the venue for their hospitality and were already discussing the next meetup which would be at Hampstead Heath that was already planned and booked for the month of July. 
  
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June LSS Meetup No. 6 – Flirtease Shisha & Dessert Bar 26/06/11


At the start of the summer the 6th LSS meetup has to be remembered as one of the hottest meetups for London Speedlite Scene. With over twenty photographers, several makeup artists and even more models thrown into the mix the turnout at the north London Shisha bar indicated another successful event before it had even started.

As usual due to the popularity of the group there were new photographers, models and mua’s to welcome, regular members had the chance to catch up with each other from the last event plus being a hot day there was food and plenty of drinks being ordered throughout the day.


This particular meetup goes down on record as being held on Sunday 26th June 2011 which was chosen due to the close proximity to one of the founding member’s birthday!!!


There were three locations to work at within the Shisha bar.


1) The Dessert Bar – This was a very popular location as the make-up artists directed the models here first after they had finished working on them. Tables & chairs were inventively being used as props. Models were being photographed together in very creative sequences and although this area wasn’t extremely large it proved that these bunch of keen photographers were able to work in any space at any given location and get the images they wanted for their portfolios.


2) The Shisha Lounge – The largest area of the three allocated spaces, to be expected was outdoors. It was a tented area with Arabic styled furniture you almost felt like you were abroad due to the baking hot sun making it presence well known. The models it has to be noted again made amazing efforts with their wardrobe. The photographers were spoilt for choices “How to shoot what model in what outfit at what location???”


3) The Basement Bar – This area was available for photographs but it is largely recognised as being run by the group’s make-up artists (mua’s). These mua’s had organised the models downstairs perfectly… each model seemed content with getting to know each other while they waited their turns to have their intense and distinctive make overs for the photographs being taken upstairs.


If that wasn’t enough the meetup was being videographed and to top it off two beautiful sports motor bikes one blue the other orange in colour was brought into the outdoor Shisha lounge for which some stunning images were taken. The models each had a turn modelling the bike, if it was being sold that day it would have gone for thousands of pounds several times over!!! 

  

Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54VAxaVGy-E&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL   

 

The 6th LSS Meetup was a memorable one… after the last photographer was finished shooting with a selection of hardworking models there was a special birthday celebration held… The group thanked the venue for their hospitality and were already discussing the next meetup which would be at Hampstead Heath that was already planned and booked for the month of July. 

  

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London Speedlite Scene – South Bank (Skate Park)

The fifth LSS meetup had to be noted as a turning point for London Speedlite Scene. It was the first meetup where there were no costly venue to hire. To be expected the turnout was huge as the word spread 
quickly that the photography group was to be holding a free event full of talented photographers, models.and makeup artists.


This all happened on Sunday 22nd May 2011 which was originally arranged to take place at the infamous Banksy Tunnel in Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1. Unfortunately the cast and crew of East Enders was filming at this location which caused a little dissapointment for the event organisers. As a stroke of genious one of the new photographers who had joined the meetups for the first time decided that shooting at an alternative site only a few minutes walk away at South Bank would more than satisfy the keen members who had turned up in their dozens.

The alternative location surpassed everyone’s expectations as it boasted skate boarders trying out dangerous stunts, graffiti artists and a group of free runners the meet up photography group invited.
 It did not take long for the photographers to set up their equipment and for the model’s makeup to be done before they attracted a lot of attention from members of the public, tourists, photographers and other interested parties. A lot of new relationships were formed as the group welcomed in new and curious photographers to the group.


Not only was there a lot of amazingly colourful images being taken of the models and makeup artists at work, the group also welcomed in a very talented videographer who seemed very interested on what London Speedlite Scene was about and was kind enough to film a short and what would be a very popular documentary on the group.
Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLdeYFGXhI4                                                                                                                                                                              

Already before the meet up had ended there were discussions of a future meet up that could take place at a Shisha bar in North London. The photos and new connections being made that day would make the London Speedlite Scene evolve at a very fast rate. The word had finally spread out that this was a group to be involved with. Not only was the meet ups a great way to build your portfolio it was a fantastic social experience for all involved.

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London Speedlite Scene – Warehouse (Bethnal Green)

The fourth LSS meetup commenced on 17th April 2011 and was arranged with much enthusiasm by one of the regular attending photographers who had close contacts with the owners of a large East End warehouse. The warehouse compromised, retro gated elevators, dark corridors, basement, a huge car park space and a number of independent businesses occupying the various floors available. As long as the meetup did not disturb or obstruct any of the work taking place the entire building was made available to London Speedlite Scene.

The members of LSS both new and old had another opportunity to be creative and push their boundaries to a different extent. The makeup artists excelled themselves with very dramatic makeup and wardrobe styling along with models helping out with each others hair and grooming.

Everyone took to the location making use of each and every opportunity possible to make their photographic scenarios come to life. Themes varied from high-end fashion to mind blowing alterative. The location lent itself to being the stage for just about anything that could come to mind altogether with a prestigious shiny black Porsche that was kindly lent to LLS for use for part of the day.

Most memorably a negative experience did happen a few weeks before this meetup was the unfortunate Japanese Tsunami. As a way to contribute towards the international call for help all funds generated from this meetup was donated to this mass humanitarian appeal.

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London Speedlite Scene - Rileys Pool & Snooker Club


The third meetup had even more expectation to live up too. It would take place on the 27th February 2011 at one of the UK’s biggest membership venues, Rileys Pool & Snooker Club, Lewisham, SE13.  


The venue boasted full size snooker and pool tables with cues and accessories, overhead lights and retro score boards attached to the walls. It had everything London Speedlite Scene needed to fill their portfolios, with some amazing photographic scenes.


The third meetup also introduced new photographers and models to London Speedlite Scene along with the now resident makeup artists who had been with the group from the very first event in December. Every model had their own snooker or pool table to work on it seemed as if there was unlimited space to manoeuvre.


There were a few themes created on the day i.e. James Bond girls, Charlie’s Angels, androgynous looks and glamour to name a few. Unfortunately the venue could only be booked for four hours and even though the time was spent well with many images taken the models and photographers decided they wanted more and finished the shoot outside the premises at a nearby park.


To cap off another enjoyable event the hard earned money photographer’s had contributed towards hiring this venue would be donated to Red Nose Day which is the main way in which Comic Relief raises money for charity. This wouldn’t be the last time London Speedlite Scene would donate photographer’s contributions to charity but it was well noted as being the first.


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London Speedlite Scene - énergie Fitness Club



It was 30th January 2011, almost two months since their last meetup before London Speedlite Scene would get together again for another photoshoot. This meetup would have a lot to live up to because the first event at the Sugar Cane Bar in Clapham south west London was a huge success.



With the addition of at least a dozen new members, all the previous models, makeup artists and photographers arrived to the second meetup. Eveyone was introduced with the Makeup artists commencing their work. This all took place at the local wetherspoons in Forest Hill south east London and after a few friendly drinks all of the model’s preparations had finnished… It was time to shoot!!!



The énergie Fitness Club’s manager was expecting for the London Speedlite Scene and had ensured all the gym’s equiptment and facilities were ready to use. Available were the Free weight room, machine weight room, tanning salon, both male and female lockers, showers and aerobics room.



Hundreds of images were taken of the models with every photographer making the most of the rooms available to them. With so many flashes going off at the same time the gym was beginning to heat up pretty fast so it was only fitting that the shoot ended with a cool shower scene.



The evening was another huge success and with a lot of tired individuals in the process it almost seemed as though the photography meetup was a gym workout within itself!

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