New Model Army Photography Blog

The Nature of the Beast

Ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you Ben Ormerod.

Let's get this out of the way right now. I frigging *hate* the smell of fake tan, and Ben was covered from head to toe in the stuff from a bodybuilding competition a couple of days previously. A lot of people say it smells of biscuits; to me, the smell reminds me of cheap nightclubs (I think you know where I'm going with this). Anyway, seeing as I didn't have to get too close to him, I put on my big boy pants and got on with the job.

We rocked up to Wells Gym in Llandudno for the shoot, where they've got a boxing ring. Initially, the shoot idea was nothing like how this turned out, but I guess I'll save that idea for another day. This is probably the only time I've ever got into a ring with somebody who's got wrists as wide as my neck and lived to tell the tale. It wasn't all sweetness and light for me, though. I had to take my shoes off to shoot in the ring, and seeing as I dress like a refugee from the early 90s, my white socks got trashed (some would consider this to be a small mercy). Whatever, if all I have to moan about is the state of a pair of socks that needed to be consigned to the dustbin of fashion's history, I think that was a pretty good deal.

If you're a photographer and interested in this kind of thing, I'll be running a workshop (with Ben as the model) in the next few weeks, showing you how to light and pose your subject, and also run through photo editing techniques to give you the look you're after. Watch this space.

Finally, many thanks to Alexandra Grace for the SFX makeup, go check out her work on Instagram. Also, check out Ben's killer tattooing skills on his FB page.














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The NMA Boudoir Sessions II – the aftermath

If you ever want to experience what it feels like to have your feet chewed off by dogs, put on a boudoir workshop in a hotel suite that’s split over two floors. By the time I got home, all I wanted was my slippers and a nice cup of tea. My life is so terribly rock and roll.

All my mates seem to think I lead a bit of debauched life, what with all these young ladies that cross my path. In reality, all I do watch reruns of How I Met Your Mother and annoy the wife with repeated calls to find out what time she’ll be home so I can get her tea ready for her when she gets in.

Whatever, back to the reason for this blog – the boudoir workshop. I don’t mind saying it was an absolutely blinding day, a proper laugh. Most of the people who attended hadn’t done anything like this in their lives, so it’s fair to say that a few of them might have had a case of the nerves. As it turned out, they needn’t have worried.

The key to doing something like this is to make sure that you’ve got all the ingredients to a successful day in place. I’d booked two quality models, Apryl and Felicia, who put the photographers at ease right from the start. The venue, Hotel Port Dinorwic, were very accommodating and supplied a rather funky two level hotel suite right on the banks of the Menai Straits (and don’t forget the great lunch we had), and you can never underestimate the effect a talented makeup artist can have on the results of a shoot, which is why I bought in the lovely Alexandra Grace. Knowing I’d be running around like a blue-arsed fly all day, I was ably assisted by my trusted mate, CJ, who also supplied all the BTS shots you'll see below (and apologies again for not letting you know that you’d left the sidelights on on your van all day – oops!) I’d even gone out of my way to book some sunshine, so that we could work with some fantastic natural lighting. OK, so the last bit might be a blatant lie but I’m sticking to the story, it makes me look good.

From my point of view, it was a pleasure to have such a great bunch of people attending the workshop, and the fact that the groups were kept small meant that everybody was afforded the opportunity to get a significant amount of shooting time with both models. By the end of the day, I was amazed by the standard of photography from the newbie group. In fact, everybody should be proud of the work they produced; I found it genuinely exciting to see the significant distance everybody progressed during the day. As both a qualified trainer and post-16 educator, I’m passionate about education, and I always structure my workshops so that everybody gets what they’re looking for from my workshops, from the beginner to the advanced.

I want to extend an extra special thanks to Paul Hanks, a film maker without peers and a bloody good friend. Keep an eye out for his video of the day’s shenanigans (I’ll post a link to it when it’s up).

So there we go, six hours of delegates telling me to chill out and stop worrying – I think I can call that a successful day.

















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Kelvin Fawcett

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Ron Rutter

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Steve Jones

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Steve Tustin


Many thanks for reading,

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The NMA Boudoir Sessions, 10th January 2015

Here we go, the second installment of THE BOUDOIR SESSIONS, all set up to blow away your post-Christmas blues!



Following on from the success of this summer's NMA Boudoir Workshop, New Model Army Photography now brings you another installment, this time at Hotel Port Dinorwic, just outside Bangor. It'll be a fantastic day of learning how to shoot classic, timeless boudoir images with combinations of natural, constant and flash lighting, all with two exceptional models.

I'm not a massive fan of setting shots up for people, giving them the settings and telling them to shoot what I've just done. If I did that, you'd be wasting your money. I'll work with you to help YOU create your own shots, so you can leave at the end of the day with a memory card full of your own work.

Ideally, you'll be able to use your camera in manual mode but if you can't, don't let that worry you - just drop me a line and we can discuss it. Kit-wise, you need a camera, a selection of lenses that cover the main focal range (24mm to 200mm but this is not essential), memory cards and spare camera batteries. If you have fast prime lenses, I'd encourage you to bring them along too. All the lighting equipment you need will be freely available throughout the day.

The venue is Hotel Port Dinorwic, on the marina in Y Felinheli (just outside Bangor). We shall be shooting in the hotel's annexe, at the entrance to the marina itself. There are two bedrooms with white bedsheets and full length windows, so lots of opportunities to get the shots you want.

There will be an area to chill out in if you want, and also space to set up a laptop and make yourself a cuppa. We'll also stop midway through the day for a hot meal, so you can prepare yourself ready for the second session.

As a delegate, you'll need to arrive at the venue for 10am. We will then make our way to the suite, where the workshop will commence. There is ample parking. The day is scheduled to finish for approximately 4.30pm.

The cost for the day is £150.

Well, can you think of a better way to try out all the shiny new camera gear you've asked Santa for this Christmas?







"When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear"

Hands up if you've ever been scared to try something new...

Choosing boudoir photography as the subject of my first major workshop was always going to be a gamble. Yes, there was always going to be a lot of interest but I was kinda concerned that it'd put just as many people off. Let's face it, taking photos of girls in their underwear in a posh hotel is always going to prove to be a contentious issue with a lot of photographers' partners, eh?

So, on Sunday, a group of intrepid photographers gathered on Anglesey for the New Model Army Photography Boudoir Workshop, and I don't mind saying, what a day it was. I knew it was going to be a bit of a full-on day when it took me three attempts to pack all the gear needed into my car, but I completely forgot that I'd have to carry it all in at the other end too. Still, I could do with losing a bit of timber so I shouldn't moan.

If I was going to do this, it was vitally important to me that I held it at one of the most prestigious venues in North Wales - Château Rhianfa, on the banks of the Menai Straits. Getting quality models (Apryl and Sasha) wasn't really much of an issue; I'm lucky to know quite a few and even luckier to count them as my friends. And of course, no shoot experience is complete without a top drawer makeup artists, and that's where the seriously talented Faces By Poppy weaved her magic. To make sure that the workshop went smoothly and to assist delegates, I was ably assisted by CJ Barr and Nick Auskeur, both very talented local photographers and good friends.

The workshop was split into two sessions; the first one covering various lighting setups and posing models, with the second session seeing the delegates put their new-found knowledge to good effect and actually create their own images. Let's be honest, why would you go on a workshop just to repeat shots set up for you by the facilitator?

To cut a long story short, a group of people came to explore a genre of photography they weren't familiar with and all left with a collection of their own images that they can be very proud of. The best part was that each delegate was left to explore their own style and that shows in the fact that everybody put their own stamp on proceedings. And guys, for that, you should be applauded.

Finally, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Lee and Eifion at Welshot for nudging me along to this point and also for just being bloody good eggs. Love you, guys!

All BTS shots courtesy of CJ Barr (apart from the last one, obvs!)


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CJ Barr

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Sharon Jones

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Eifion Williams

Rob Jones

Tracy Edwards

Tracy Edwards

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Geoff W

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Ben Walker

Nick Auskeur


So there we have it. Now all there's left to do is plan the next one ;-)







"If you can dream it, you can do it." Enzo Ferrari

For those of you that have been unfortunate enough to have been given a lift by me in my car, you’ll know full well that I don’t treat my old motor very well. In fact, it’s usually a bit of a mission to clear the passenger seat before anybody can actually get into it. So just how I was trusted enough to shoot some absolutely amazing Ferraris last week is still puzzling me. Maybe it was because the owner of these fine Italian thoroughbreds wasn’t subjected to the miserable sight of seeing my banger parked up next to a car that’s worth more than I’d get from selling Belgium's population into slavery.

I’d like to thank Lee and Eifion from Welshot Imaging for sorting this out, but I’d also like to express my gratitude to the gentlemen that own these beasts, and for not releasing the hounds and calling the police when I rolled up at their gates.

Anyway, here’s a selection of some of the truly epic machines I was so graciously allowed to be in the same postcode as, hope you enjoy them. 







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