Twisted Pix BTS

Video is something I’ve always wanted to try, I’d studied film and TV at university but it never went any further in the past 20 years.

You have to set yourself challenges… do I have a camera that shoots 60fps at 1080p? No! 

So what do I have? i’ve got a Google Pixel 3xl that can!

I’d discussed with Bekah Davies of about doing a behind the scenes video and she was more than happy for me to have a go when she had a shoot booked with her muse at

The phone has great auto focus and stability, the only thing i couldn’t do was control exposure but you learn to work with the limitations at hand! Because this is all new my main aim was to get as much coverage as possible to be edited, I got over 10gb’s worth which is another thing to think about going forward which is why I’ve added more hard drive space and a better processor and graphics card provided by my friend and computer technician wizard Dr. Redman!

The day went well, Bekah end up doing 5 set up, one with a backdrop that’s now on loan at the studio, with some excellent final images created which you can see in the video.

Footage is only half of the battle though, editing is the other! For the past few weeks prior to the shoot I’d been scouring youtube for tutorials on Premiere Pro, I had a little experience over the years but nothing as extensive as what I was about to undertake. Luckily this research gave me a basic idea of how to construct the video, finding the right music, titles, transitions. Was all something new yet familiar as the main knowledge of editing from the past was done on SVHS with In and Out points, nothing compared to how it is now.

For my first attempt I’m extremely happy with the result, it’s not perfect and it could do with tightening in places but it’s given me a solid start and given me incentive to do more!

Ultimate Goth

First ever blog on here… The blog title comes from my view of creating something out of nothing, I’m creating a world, this world has rules and narratives that I follow to create context.

This shoot was a dream brought on by a desire to pick up the camera, I hadn’t in a year and felt… just plain scared to do so. I’m not afraid to say, it’s probably not the kind of thing you want to hear… but fear can be a good motivator.

So I set about putting the pieces in place; model, studio and make up and hair.

Gathering as much reference material to provide a blue print of where I wanted to take the shoot, lost count of the amount of pins on Pinterest and the amount I culled to fine tune the material

It had been 11 years since I’d worked with Nadia Van Der Westhuizen, we’d been friends since that first shoot all those years ago but the opportunity to do another shoot never really presented itself. As I was wanting to do a full on goth shoot I couldn’t think of anyone who exemplified that aesthetic other than Nadia. And the ideas and clothing she brought with her was invaluable.

Zaneta Swiatlowska is one of the most amazing make up artists I’ve worked with, her ability with hair is only surpassed with her artist skills with a make up brush. We’d worked a couple of times before in the past and always discussed working together again.

If you ever need true genius for you shoots please get in contact with her at and you will not be disappointed!

Since my move away from Leeds I no longer had access to my little home studio, most of my previous work had been done in a little attic room that I shared with my old flatmate Hannah Bent where we shared the space with her jewellery making. I only knew of a few places in the Birmingham area to shoot at, but the one place that always made me feel welcomed was Studio X ( in Oldbury. Run by Bekah Davies and her husband Shaun Davies this place is an absolute playground for photographers, you’ve got 3 areas dedicated for shooting and all the lights and modifiers you could possibly want. So much so that I needed both Bekah and Shaun to help me out as there was too much for me to play with. Luckily i’d printed out my moodboards for quick reference.

Sam Mchale came down from Leeds to assist along with Kennedy Procter who had never been on a shoot before, think she had a good time but I was busy trying to set up and shoot. 

The day was demanding, and some of the ideas we wanted to do had to be cut due to time constraints, however I think we completly nailed it, there’s still some images to edit but this shoot has been to the gift that keeps on giving. With Zan’s amazing work and Nadia being the absolute epitome of being a goth queen there’s so much work i can do!

And with out Nadia, Zan, Bekah, Shaun, Sam and Kennedy I couldn’t have produced what I did, everyone got involved and suggested ideas that it truly was a collaboration. And these are the best shoots, because despite the long day we all had fun!

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