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May 06, 2017
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Feb 09, 2011

About Me

Velvet Goldmine is a new studio in the North Laine, Brighton, UK. Our studio is a lush, sexy, sensual palace of sophistication decked out with velvet finery and a gorgeous aubergine chaise. We create beautiliscious images shot with slick, film noir, low-key lighting.

The studio is equipped with Bowens lighting and modifiers such as beauty dish, softbox, light meter, chaise, red velvet drapes and free car parking. Available to hire for MM photographers at a special rate of £20 per hour.

We also offer gallery hire if you wish to stage an exhibition of you work.
Call us to discuss on 07949 393245.

Our resident photographer is Philip J. Bigg MM#204064 -

I’m an easy-going, hard working professional photographer with over fifteen years experience shooting models throughout the globe. I have a passion for photography and can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon than creating stunning images of beautiful people.

I produce fantastic images that are edgy, risque, provocative and sexy that have a distinctive style and narrative. Photographs are far more appealing that depict tantalising images of the beautiful female form semi-clothed in a sensuous and seductive way, rather than shooting a naked body raw. You may be exposing breasts and booty at times, but the images are always tastefully done and tell a story. Think Agent Provocateur, rather than Ann Summers.

I take my influences from cinematography, low-lighting, film-noir, photographers such as Helmut Newton, Bob Carlos Clarke, Roy Stuart. Having spent years taking portraits of people on the streets of Asia there needs to be a narrative running through the photographs to create more interest. A photograph of a lady in lingerie wearing just a bridal veil and a smashed mobile on the ground speaks volumes. We need to think outside the box to create some original, meaningful imagery.

I put 110% into each photographic shoot from planning the theme, concept, narrative, lighting style, clothing etc., and after the shoot I spend 2 days photoshopping and perfecting the images. If I've requested you travel from afar for a test shoot I will consider paying travel expenses, but if you expect payment for your services, kindly choose a photographer who just reproduces the same scenario for each shoot.

I work mainly with models who are new to modelling or experienced models wanting to add some meaning to the tired shots of them lying on a chaise longue in their lingerie. You may recognise the gorgeous model/singer British socialite Anouska de Georgiou in a few of my images. She came to me for testing a couple of years back and went off to live in LA, star in reality TV show California Dreaming, get a recording contract and recently dated the Hoff. Hmmmm.

Model shoots are a joint collaboration between both the model and photographer, so I expect the model to be on time and professional. I always make sure that we're having a fun time during the shoot. If there’s a particular look, clothing, concept or angle you wanna try out, now is the time to try it, so speak up grrrrll! A fun time and fantastic images?! What more could you ask?

All models need to be 18 years of age and to deter any future misunderstandings need to sign a Model Release allowing use of images in personal websites or online (such as this one!). I don't want you coming back in 5 years time when you're semi-famous asking me to remove images that you'd previously been cool about!

Hopefully we'll collaborate together soon!

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