Upcoming photoshoot with Kataxenna Kova

I haven’t posted anything on my blog for over a week now, so I thought it was time for an update.  I’ve been preparing for my upcoming photo shoot with Kataxenna Kova. This will probably be my last shoot of 2015.

Kataxenna Kova Model :Kataxenna Kova
Photographer: Luci Alice Photography
Hair: Aaron Best
Outfit: Pandora Deluxe Latex

We had originally planned to shoot in October, but the shoot is now taking place next week and we have some wonderful designs for her to wear. She is most well known for her glamour work, but we’ve decided to mix things up a bit when we work together and shoot a range of styles.

First of all, latex designers Murray & Vern sent me a box packed with some amazing catsuits and various other items. I’ve since had to post back the catsuits, but we still have some lovely shiny outfits that will look fantastic on Kataxenna.

Murray and Vern

I’m also delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Royal Black Couture & Corsetry once again, who have very kindly provided some beautiful corsets and a stunning gown for her to wear. It’s going to be a great day!

Davina Corset – Royal Black Couture & Corsetry

NeoFlowers – Royal Black Couture & Corsetry

Rouge et Noir – Royal Black Couture & Corsetry

Profile: Divamp Couture

One of the best things about Facebook is it has enabled me to find a wealth of creative talent whose work I admire.  As soon as I discovered the designs of Boyd Baten for Divamp Couture, I was hooked!

Described as a futuristic, innovative style brand, Divamp Couture create clothing that is distinctly eye catching.  I have been an avid follower since I saw the first design, and keep a close eye on new creations.  Take a look at some of the outfits below.

I have been fortunate to shoot two Divamp Couture designs, with two of my favourite models, Luxbot Lacheln and Ophelia Overdose.  Both occasions were a proud achievement for me, as it is an honour to photograph the work of someone who I have great admiration of.  The photos of Ophelia have been particularly popular and have featured in several magazines.  One of the images is also available in the Ophelia Overdose 2016 Calendar.

Model: Luxbot Lacheln

Model: Luxbot Lacheln

Ophelia Overdose

Model: Ophelia Overdose

For further information about Divamp Couture, please click here.

A love/hate relationship

Without having an ‘official’ website of my own, my initial thoughts were to have a Facebook page.  This was prompted after I was asked to provide a website link for an upcoming publication, and so I launched my Facebook page.  As expected, it was a slow start.  A couple of friends probably took pity on me and liked the page, but over a period of time, the number of visitors has grown in fits and starts.  As at today (1st November 2015), I currently have 2190 Facebook followers.

Some weeks, I will get lots of new likes, and other weeks, virtually nothing, and perhaps even lose a couple of followers.  It seems these days that social media is often more popular than a dedicated website, and so this is why I started my Facebook page.

The trouble is, am I jumping on the bandwagon just as everyone else is leaving the party?  There seems to be so many different social media sites now that I really don’t know what is the best way forward to promote my photography.

Magazine submissions are my preferred method, as it’s always nice to see my photos in print.  Then again, it’s difficult to know how wide an audience your reaching with magazines.  With social media, you can see instantly when someone likes what you’ve posted, and so you get that instant gratification that you’re doing something right.

Many people seem to think that Twitter is the best medium, although the majority seem to favour Instagram.  I’ve tried both, and got very little feedback from either of them.  I have quickly developed a number of followers on Instagram, but relatively few on Twitter.  I hate the fact that tweets have to be limited to just a few characters, and to be honest, I don’t know how to use either Twitter or Instagram effectively.  If anyone has any suitable tips, I’d love to know.

In the meantime, I continue with Facebook as my primary social media outlet, but have recently started this blog so I can ramble about my thoughts and ideas in more detail, and also show additional photos and behind the scenes shots which I hope may be of interest to some.

I appear to be virtually the only person viewing my blogs at the moment.  Perhaps it’s a slow start, and the number of viewers will slowly increase.  I certainly hope so.

On the other hand, how many social media sites am I realistically expected to maintain?  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and now WordPress.  I’ve also got Google Plus (which I’ve never used), and I’m on at least 5 modelling portfolio sites.  It’s so difficult to keep up, and could easily become a full time job keeping them all updated, hence the love/hate relationship.

I’m a huge fan of Facebook, as it’s enabled me to make some very useful contacts with models, stylists, photographers, designers and a whole host of people across the world who I probably wouldn’t have otherwise discovered.  Many of these people I can genuinely call friends, even though most of them I have never met.

If you use social media to engage your audience, what method do you find to be the most successful?  How quickly did you get followers?  Is it difficult to keep posting on all the various platforms?  Any comments or suggestions would be most welcome.