Shoot 5 – Gypsy Witch, Victorian Gothic… and a BONUS!!

Shoot 005 was very exciting for us, for a number of reasons… First up, this was our first go at tackling ‘historical’ concepts, so we got to play with some awesome costumes and props, to create two sets: Gypsy Witch and Victorian Gothic. We threw a cape into the equation, and even got a BONUS set: Warrior Priestess!!

The Gypsy Witch set in particular is very versatile, and proved to be very popular with our Focus Group – these images could be used for a wide range of medieval, summoner, and even pirate concepts.

Take a look at some of the shots we got for each set, hopefully we have the image that you need for your project…

Gypsy Witch:

NeoStock - Sahara I Gypsy Witch, Stock Photography

Battle Ready. Not just a pretty face…

NeoStock - Sahara I Gypsy Witch, Stock Photography

Violent delights have violent ends…

NeoStock - Sahara I Gypsy Witch, Stock Photography

A quiet moment for study…

NeoStock - Sahara I Gypsy Witch, Stock Photography

A deal with the devil…

NeoStock - Sahara I Gypsy Witch, Stock Photography

Summoning the mystic forces…

I’ve always been disappointed with the lack of suitably moody Victorian stocks out there, so we sought to rectify that with this next set.

Victorian Gothic:

NeoStock - Sahara I Victorian Gothic, Stock Photography

The terrible secrets of Blytheford Manor…

NeoStock - Sahara I Victorian Gothic, Stock Photography

A Victorian Classic…

NeoStock - Sahara I Victorian Gothic, Stock Photography

The investigation…

NeoStock - Sahara I Victorian Gothic, Stock Photography

Who goes there?

NeoStock - Sahara I Victorian Gothic, Stock Photography

The lady doth protest…

For the final BONUS set, things got a little more violent, with the use of dagger and sword props!!

Warrior Priestess:

NeoStock - Sahara I Warrior Priestess, Stock Photography

Come hither, to receive the sacrament…

NeoStock - Sahara I Warrior Priestess, Stock Photography

The battle hard-won…

NeoStock - Sahara I Warrior Priestess, Stock Photography

The double cross…

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A Dark Fable…

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Entering the threshold…

We’ll be bringing it back to more contemporary subject matter for our next shoot, focusing on a series of Action Thriller images, for Crime, Spy / Espionage, and high octane concepts.

Shoot 005 Shoot Credits:

Photography: Tom Parsons, Model: Sahara Darlington, Makeup: Makeupps by Suzannah. Shot at Fire Eye Land studios, Margate.

Be sure to join us at the NeoStock FB Focus Group, where these images are NOW available, at a special early bird rate 🙂

— Team NeoStock

NeoStock Mission Statement

We are NeoStock — a boutique stock photography company that produces figurative images for Cover Designers and Digital Artists worldwide.

Our aim is to produce cinematic photo resources, stepping away from the overtly sexualised / boudoir aesthetic that’s very prevalent in the stock photography sphere. That means gritty realism, PRACTICAL armour, and a sense of dramatic intensity in everything we do. Visual story-telling is our game, and we’re here to tell the best stories possible.

Through our Focus Group, a team of nearly 400 publishing professionals (cover artists, authors, publishers, and readers) assists NeoStock in developing these resources each month — driving the direction of the concepts / costumes / poses / props / and models. This is a truly community-driven endeavour, allowing us to eliminate much of the guess-work, and produce exactly what the market needs.

One of the major ‘time-drains’ in producing composite artwork is having to hunt through page upon page of search results on the major stock sites for resources. More often than not, you have to compromise / make-do with an inferior image — which in turn means you have to ‘Frankenstein’ your way to a desired result (an even greater hassle / time expenditure!!) All these hours build up, and results in a tremendous expense for the cover artist. With our entire gallery tailored for composite artwork, there will be less ‘noise’ to filter through, speeding up the ‘stock-hunting’ process immensely and leaving MUCH MORE time for the creation of artwork.

As genre-specialists we focus on most literary genres, however with one notable exception: Romance. The Romantic genre is currently very well catered for in the stock photography sphere, so we side-step that world in order to focus on other areas not so well represented, including: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic / Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy / Urban Fantasy, Western, Historical Warfare, Film Noir, Crime and many others. We take new suggestions daily and strive to cover all the woefully under-represented stock concepts that are desperately needed!!

We take production value very seriously, favouring ‘real’ props and costumes over replicas, and ensuring our costumes / models are suitably grimey and weathered, where needs be. Our characters are designed with practicality in mind, in respect to the ‘world’ they inhabit. That means we don’t rely on unnecessary sexualisation or gratuity to sell our stories.  Our shots are also composed with a ‘portrait’ layout in mind, ensuring easier integration with book covers and poster art.

We’re a young company (less than six months old), and I’m truly humbled to say we’ve made a phenomenal start thus far. The above represents what we believe in, and ultimately what we’d love to achieve.

All the best

Team NeoStock

(Be sure to join us at the NeoStock FB Focus Group, where you can become part of the team help steer the direction of the next generation of stock photography!! 🙂)

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