Miss West Lothian Pageant

Miss West Lothian Pageant / MCCC Studio Nights / Days

2010 was our first involvement with Eddie Anderson and the Miss West Lothian Pageant. Eddie who runs the pageant was kind enough to bring along a few of the pageant models for us for our Studio Night / Days. It worked out very well. The models were given a large selection of portrait images for their portfolios and the MCCC photographers had lots of opportunities to photograph some stunning girls for their portfolios, including Miss West Lothian.

This arrangement was repeated several times over the year for our 3 levels, beginners, intermediate and advanced sections, for both our Wednesday nights and our all day sessions on Saturdays.

Laura Angel Tanaka

Miss West Lothian Pageant

The annual Miss West Lothian event has been established for 17 years, and is an opportunity for young women to help build their self esteem while being involved in organising and fund-raising for women’s projects, including the breast cancer charity Bosom Buds of Scotland, as well as running a campaign to help protect the safety of women by raising funds to purchase personal safety alarms to be distributed amongst young women across West Lothian.

Kathleen Angel Lauren

Entrants have modelled for some of the biggest names on the High Street. Now, they are putting that unrivalled expertise together – with the launch of Miss West Lothian Modelling. Girls, right from the launch of Miss West Lothian, have gone on to make a success in the world of modelling, fashion and dance.

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Laura Angel Lauren

MCCC Studio Nights / Days

We adjusted the studio sessions to suit three different levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced.

The Beginners, especially the new members who most likely have never experienced a Studio (from the photographer’s viewpoint), and not much knowledge of what’s involved, so the emphasis was on what equipment is used, why it is used, setting it up, and adjusting the (3) lights for a simple portrait. Working with a DSLR camera, attaching a wireless trigger, and what manual settings to use. With a demo of how to take pictures of a “model” and a reasonable amount of hands on time for those who wanted to give it a try. A DSLR camera was be provided for those members that did not own one.

The Intermediate members of the club who have more than likely been to several Studio Sessions (we did 2 nights and a full Saturday session the previous year). So a balanced emphasis was between equipment, setting up, lighting, camera, metering – and taking images of a “model”. This section was expected to be able to manually set their cameras to a 1/60th sec and to the correct f/stop (which was determined on the night), as well as adjusting the ISO (sensitivity) of the camera to either 100 or 200 ISO, and making sure the hot shoe was active (for bridge cameras) – in advance of the night.

Margaret photographing Laura George photographing Gemma

Like the Intermediate section, members in the Advanced section already attended several studio sessions, so less emphasis was on the setting up, and more emphasis on metering, different methods of lighting the subject, and working with the “model”, plus a lot more time was alloted for each member to take images themselves (one at a time!). Again like the previous section, they were expected to be able to manually set their cameras to a 1/60th sec and to the correct f/stop (which was determined on the night), as well as adjusting the ISO (sensitivity) of the camera to either 100 or 200 ISO, and making sure the hot shoe is active (for bridge cameras) – in advance of the night.

The Studio Saturdays following the Wednesday Night Sessions were a lot more relaxed, as we had several hours to work within as apposed to Wednesday nights – building the 2 studios and going through the instructions and demonstration and shooting time, and tearing the studios down and putting all the equipment away all in 2 1/2 hours!

There was a lot more time to go into the detail of setting up and adjusting the equipment, and there was certainly a lot more time to take pictures of the models. So much so that each model had time to do several costume changes, which certainly added to the studio experience.