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Behind the scenes – 2013 bridal campaign

It has been a busy weekend of back to back fashion shoots for FK creatives.  And one I’m really excited about sharing is our new 2013 bridal campaign. Quite often I work with different make-up artists while Kiran will work with other togs. It’s a great way to add variety to our work. But the jobs I love the most is when we work together.
While making the new site I suddenly realized me and Kiran had loads of images we collaborated on for fashion and wedding clients over the years, but the last time we updated our bridal portfolio work was when we first started the company!  So we were in desperate need of updating this side of our portfolio. So we began planning a shoot to coincide with release of the site. The great thing about this is there was no pressure of deadlines or clients …as we are the client! So the shoot was exactly what we wanted and completely relaxed and informal.
For us the model is vital when we do shoots, it can make or break an image- so we searched far and wide for the perfect face. We saw quite a few strong girls but in the end we hired a model called Karolina Bill. Karolina has been in modeling for several years now and has been seen in countless campaigns for established magazines, artists and photographers. I came across her through some recent work from fellow tog OMJ (who is fabulous)…the thing which I found most striking about Karolina is her perfect, almost symmetrical front profile- the ideal face for a beauty shoot. And of course a lovely personality, which made the day go very smoothly.
Usually on shoots which we are contracted for, we will work with multiple models, designers, stylists and will have to churn out 5-10 looks depending on the job. As this was our project we sourced all the costumes/jewellery from our own supplies and opted to use just 1 model with 4 strong looks. We also had our Henna artist Zarqa on board to apply some designs into the looks.  Zarqa is Kirans youngest sister and a regular assistant on our jobs. It seems creativity runs in there family and Zarqa is rising talent on the henna scene so was very excited to include some of her work.
I’m now in the process of retouching our shots- so far one has been released here, will update this blog as soon as the rest are ready!
Here are also some behind the scenes pics. blog3
Anyhows I better get back to retouching!
Farrah x

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New website – New blog!

meHi, my name is Farrah, i’m the photographer and creative nerd behind FK creatives – the “F” in FK .
Welcome to my new blog and newly updated website. My blog will be an informal space were I will share the latest news on FK creatives, discuss past and current jobs and my experiences as a female photographer.
I’ve always wanted to start a blog, but my hectic schedule (and awful grammar!) always put me off.  I have so many stories to share about the fabulous shoots I’ve done and amazing models, artist, couples designers, photographers I’ve met along the way.  So I felt with launch of a new site the time has come for me to hit the blogging world.
Truth be told the launch of an updated website has been long over due, in the end I’ve released a very simple temporary version of the site which will soon be launched in all its full glory – lots of flashy techy things that my other half is busy putting together….
So where do I start? Perhaps a little about me first. I started of my creative career from a young age, educated in fine art. Nothing was more exciting then siting in front of canvas painting my thoughts away. With the rapid progression of technology I found myself changing direction, leaving my paints behind to enter the digital age. I graduated with a degree in computing art and my love of Photoshop and photography began. I started to freelance under the name “FK CREATIVE”
The FK stood for my name “Farrah Khalid” (now Farrah Baig after marriage!) I landed my first job in a design studio working for big corporations branding, whilst freelancing on retouching and design contracts. At this stage my photography was just a hobbies, another extension of my creative outlet.
Then the time came when my best friend Kiran decided to go onto a makeup course. Kiran and I have been best friends for nearly 15 years and has come to be more of a sister to me, we have been through everything together and I was thrilled with her decision to finally peruse her dream of becoming a make up artist. I then offered to build her portfolio for her. Our first shoot was to become a major turning point, the shots produced were far better then I could of imagined and were published by a well known bridal magazine and so FK merged into “Farrah and Kiran” or “FK CREATIVES”
Several years later after countless fashion shoots, retouching contracts and campaigns I had another major tuning point in my life, I met my husband, we got married and now he is also a part of my creative journey. Together with him I’ve have set up a wedding division of FK creatives. As a newlywed couple with first hand experience of the trials of planning a wedding, we take on photography of couples to be. And nothing is more rewarding then creating images they will treasure for the rest of their lives.
I’m now in in stage of my life where I’m very happy with direction of things. I work full time as a Media Assistant for a fantastic company at my local university with a team of amazing people. In my extra time I’m either busy shooting couples on their big day or shooting some beautiful model on a set. And when I’m not doing that I’m with friends or family.
But that’s more then enough about me…my next challenge is to decide what previous jobs to blog about!
Watch this space
Farrah x