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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato

Stephanie returns – shoot by the lake

It has been 5 months since Stephanie Warwick graced Studio 197  for our first shoot, where we created the popular water shots. As if once wasn’t enough, she returned for another water shoot, this time to a local park by (and in) the lake.  We went for a mix of soft, feminine portraits, vintage fashion look, and a few strobist shots.  I had been cooped up for too long in the studio, so it made a nice change to go out for a location shoot. Here are some of the shots from the day.

 

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato. Model Stephanie Warwick

 

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato
Model Stephanie Warwick

 

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato
Model Stephanie Warwick

 

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato
Model Stephanie Warwick

 

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato
Model Stephanie Warwick

 

 

 

Fashion photography by Keigo Kato, in Studio 197 Birmingham. Model Fleur du Mal

Bad Flower + Latex + LIghtsaber = Jedi Leia

I had the pleasure of working with Fleur du Mal back in August.  She’s a model/burlesque performer, and a self confessed 100% geek!  So you can imagine my excitement when she told me about Shhh! Couture design Princess (Slave) Leia latex outfit.  I contacted my trusty old friend Shabana Dhadda to do the make-up and hair (which, as always, is immaculate!).  Just to complete the look was the jewellery pieces, courtesy of Devine Delinquents, and Anakin blue lightsaber from my good friend Jon B!  Results right here

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Fashion photography by Keigo Kato, in Studio 197 Birmingham. Model Fleur du Mal
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Fashion photography by Keigo Kato, in Studio 197 Birmingham. Model Fleur du Mal

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© Keigo Kato, 2012. Princess Leia shoot with Fleur du Mal

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© Keigo Kato, 2012. Princess Leia shoot with Fleur du Mal

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Kay Kay Sakura

Kay Kay Sakura

It has been a long time coming. Kay Kay Sakura, a modelographer (that’s model and photographer) used to work for Tommy at Yellow Aura for some time, and had been on my list of models to shoot for a long time. It seems that every other photographer in the midlands has shot her before I got a chance!

A member of our photography club – Club 197 suggested that we shoot an urban, outdoor shoot, we immediately thought of Kay Kay, who didn’t disappoint. She came in her latex alt outfit, ready to rock the scene. Considering I only managed to grab a few frame between holding reflector and flash for other members, I think I did ok icon smile Kay Kay Sakura What do you think?

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Kay Kay Sakura

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Kay Kay Sakura

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Kay Kay Sakura

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Kay Kay Sakura

Impromptu shoot with Anna Sichova

Anna recently came to our studio to model for our Club members. I was mostly assisting other members get their shots, and at the end of the session, I didn’t even take a single frame. So while packing up, we agreed to have a shoot soon, and that was last night. Courtesy of London Midland services, Anna’s arrival got delayed by almost an hour (for a 5 minutes journey!!!), so our shoot shrunk from around 3 hours to just under 2. Damn…

Mr Adrian Love joined us to do the hair styling. I thought briefly about calling on make up service, but decided against it in the end as Anna has good skin, and I didn’t want to spend too much time on perfecting it, especially given that we were not going to be shooting close up headshot/beauty (did I make the right call here?).

Anyway, we managed to get a few decent frames, I think? Here’s some examples. Be the judge for yourself, and feel free to comment and critique!

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Anna


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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Anna Sichova

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Anna Sichova

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Anna

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Anna

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Geek is the new cool – shoot with Sunny

My wife and I have been watching Big Bang Theory a lot lately, and I’ve had this idea of shooting some geek chic series for a while, so when I met Sundeep, my first question was if he wanted to do this shoot. Luckily, he was keen to have a go. This is the outcome. I mixed in a couple of less geeky shots, too, for Sunny’s sake. He has a reputation to upkeep, lol.

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Geek chic fashion photography by Keigo Kato, Birmingham photographer

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Geek Chic fashion photography by Birmingham Photographer Keigo Kato

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© Keigo Kato Geek Chic, model Sundeep

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Geek Chic fashion photography by Birmingham Photographer Keigo Kato

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Geek Chic fashion photography by Birmingham Photographer Keigo Kato

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Geek Chic fashion photography by Birmingham Photographer Keigo Kato

Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Kate Woodcock

Fashion shoot with Kate Woodcock

Last month, Kate Woodcock came to our humble studio for a fashion shoot. I have known Kate ever since she started. We tried to arrange a shoot on a few occasions, but never came to fruition, UNTIL NOW! It was worth the wait, as she is gorgeous, easy to work with and came armed with designer Chelsea Unfortunately, our MUA had to pull out due to illness, but Kate did a great job of applying her own make up. Ain’t she great? here are a few of the shots from the day.

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Kate Woodcock

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Kate Woodcock

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Kate Woodcock

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Fashion photography by Birmingham photographer Keigo Kato, model Kate Woodcock

Thank you, ladies, for the wonderful shoot.

Studio 197 - photographic studio in Birmingham

Studio 197 now open

it’s been a long time coming, but I now have my own 600 sq ft photographic studio in Birmingham. I present to you

STUDIO 197

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Studio 197 - photographic studio in Birmingham

The past few weeks has been absolute manic, trying to get the place in some sort of order. Here are a shot of the work in progress.

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Thanks to a few trips to trusty old Ikea, some bargain hunting and a lot of elbow grease (mostly on Tommy’s part – thanks dude), it’s finally looking not too shabby, methinks.

We are open to the public with 7 day access. For studio hire or photo shoots, you can contact me for booking.

Amanpreet Bal, © Keigo Kato

An evening with a Preeti lady

I have always loved the Yin and Yang, Guns n Roses type of bi-polar concept, where you get both hard and soft contrasting elements in a shot.   Mixing up a pretty model with dead flowers as props seems kinda sinister, and I wanted to make these images work without going OTT.  Sumi worked magic (as usual) on her make up, and we got on the way.  I hope you like the result.

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Here are a few test shots We got before we turned to the dark side.

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Credits go out to Preeti and Sumi MUA. As always, amazing work!

Stephanie water shot © Keigo Kato

Dancing with Stephanie

I had my first test shoot in our brand new Studio 197 with the wonderful Stephanie Warwick.  As well as being a model, Stephanie is freelance ballroom dancer, working all over the country, competing in major competitions.  She is so athletic and agile, just watching her strut her stuff tired me out (note to self: less curries, more exercising…) Anyway, onto the shoot.

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© Keigo Kato, Model: Stephanie Warwick

These fantastic fabrics used for the dresses were kindly provided by Crystal Clover, and skillfully put together on the spot by Stephanie, her mother (fabulous tea maker, too!) and Sumi. We started the shoot with some classic and creative portrait and fashion type shots. Standard stuff. Stephanie is as experienced as a model as she is a dancer, so working with her was really easy. I rarely needed to direct her into poses.
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© Keigo Kato Photography, Model: Stephanie Warwick

Sumi and Adrian then worked their magic on Stephanie with the dark themed make up, which worked so well. Idea was to contrast from the earlier light, flowing look to a more set, hard, dark beauty, hence the bunned up hair, dark make up, dark background, the black ring. The stern expression, and the crossed hand pose completed the shot.

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© Keigo Kato Photography, Model Stephanie Warwick

Then, finally, we went onto the wet shoot. It was kinda scary throwing water all over the brand new floor that we (and by that, I mean Tommy, ha) spent so much time laying down. It is amazing how easily water finds a way. But with a little precaution, water spillage was kept to very minimal amount, and the shoot went great. Oh, and check out the new smoke machine for added 80s’esque goodness icon smile Dancing with Stephanie

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I would like to thank our MUA Sumi, Hair stylist Adrian, and finally the star of the show Miss Stephanie Warwick. It started at 10am, and went on till 7pm, with very little break. Much deserved kudos to everyone involved! I hope the images justify all the hard work.

New style website – do you like it?

After months of agonising over the fact I couldn’t browse my own website on my iPad, because of pesky old Flash technology, my new website is up in its all glory. Viewable and fully functioning (I think?) on cross platform, including the iOS. Got loads of new images, and equipped with my own blog!

I will be posting as frequently as I can to update you with my photographic activities, reviews/interviews/musings, etc, etc. Do pop back from time to time, and tell all your friends icon smile New style website   do you like it?

Appreciate all your comments.