Category Archives: Portraits


Iris III by ChrisSinn
Iris III, a photo by ChrisSinn on Flickr.

The fabulous Iris!

It’s all different from a photography point of view round here, as due to changes in living circumstances chez Sinn is slowly turning from a house into a photographic studio – I’d always had a set of studio lights since deciding that I’d like to get more involved in portrait work, but due to one thing and another, never really used them. This is all about to change…

The past year I’ve been mainly using TipTop Studios in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, and loved every minute, but due to their increasing popularity and changes to my working times, it’s not always easy to get the slot you want, so I thought I’d give the house a try.

The dining room has now been turned into what could be described as a rather cosy studio, but for  most of the type of shots I want to do it’s more than enough – and I’m pretty chuffed with the results! I can shoot when I want, for as long as I want, and if I feel the need for a bacon sandwich halfway through, then the kitchen is not far away!

Iris, above, was the second outing for the studio, and I just love this pic – the shoot was so chilled, we chatted for an hour before the makeup artist arrived, and it was just a really lovely experience.

Why didn’t I think of it sooner!


Ohla I by ChrisSinn
Ohla I, a photo by ChrisSinn on Flickr.

By golly tis cold…

This was a rather strange shoot for me, possibly because of my head still being full of snot (I’d had to cancel the shoot the a couple of weeks before due to some serious Man Flu), and possibly because the studio was really rather cold, even with the heaters going full blast , but for some reason I struggled a bit :(

Halfway through the shoot I was almost going to give up, and I’m not sure why – Ohla was lovely, breathtakingly beautiful and we had a laugh, sharing a pack of Jaffa Cakes and drinking tea to keep warm, but I just felt nothing was working particularly well during the evening.

Fortunately, in the end, I ignored my inner demons and carried on, and ended up with some of my favourite shots so far – result :)

Just goes to show, I know nothing :)


Carla III by ChrisSinn
Carla III, a photo by ChrisSinn on Flickr.

Another fab afternoon…

Sometimes things just click and every picture you take turns out to be fabulous, and I’ve just spent two days in a row where it has happened working with some fantastic people.

Monday I was working with SINderella, and the 4 hours just flew, and on the Tuesday it was the turn of Carla Monaco (who’s pic it is above), and it was the same, the time disappeared instantly. We were able to get loads of changes on both days, and ended up with a stack of pictures to be edited, as well as quite a few empty boxes of Jaffa Cakes ;)

This shall keep me busy for a month or two.


A bit more nekkid…

After the joys of working with Ivory Flame a few months ago, I was inspired to do some more art nude work, so, completely out of character, I took my own advice again and contacted a model whose pictures I’d been inspired by over recent months (in fact, unbeknownst to me, one of my favourite images on Model Mayhem turned out to be her) in order to get what I hoped were some stunning images – a date was set, the studio was booked – I couldn’t wait!

Raphaella, for it was her, did not disappoint  – I didn’t have any fears that she would really, but there is always a possibility that there is no connection between model and photographer (it has happened a few times in the past), but that’s maybe what makes a good model good – anyhoo, she was lovely to work with, and the images we produced were (in my eyes anyway) pretty stunning. She’s a model with a dance background, so was beautiful, poised and elegant – and the only problem I found was the sheer volume of fantastic pics I’ve accrued – what a problem to have! In fact almost 3 weeks later I still have a fair few pics to edit – it does beg the question why I am blathering here!

Quite a few shoots lined up in the next couple of weeks, so very exciting stuff – sleep, work, shoot, edit, sleep is my mantra till Christmas!


SINderella by ChrisSinn
SINderella, a photo by ChrisSinn on Flickr.

Nice job for a Sunday…

It’s hard work, but someone has to do it ;)

SINderella Rockafella was at TipTop Towers for a studio day, so it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss to work with someone who I’d seen on facebook and the portfolio sites – her work always looks fab, so I didn’t even think about it, I booked myself in and popped along.

What a day! The pics speak for themselves really – a natural in front of the camera and a joy to work with, we ended up with some pretty good shots, despite being limited to the standard lighting setups available on these sort of studio days. So good I couldn’t wait to work with her again, so I was straight away arranging another shoot with her – coming in December, I can’t wait :)