Shoot 12 — Old West Cowboy, Steampunk Adventurer & Urban Fantasy

Here’s the blog rundown showcasing part-two of our epic ‘Dark Historical’ shoot, that spanned two days!!

Our concepts for Shoot 012 are: Old West Cowboy, Steampunk Adventurer, and Urban Fantasy — once again starring Mike Garrett and Karlos Moir…

Here’s a look at the sets from our second day shooting:

Old West Cowboy:

NeoStock - Mike V, Old West Cowboy, Stock Photography

Outlaw

NeoStock - Mike IV, Old West Cowboy, Stock Photography

Something wicked this way comes…

NeoStock - Mike III, Old West Cowboy, Stock Photography

The Siege

NeoStock - Mike II, Old West Cowboy, Stock Photography

Defending the town

 

NeoStock - Mike I, Old West Cowboy, Stock Photography

Kickin Back

Steampunk Adventurer:

NeoStock - Karlos V, Steampunk Adventurer, Stock Photography

Pistols at Dawn

NeoStock - Karlos IV, Steampunk Adventurer, Stock Photography

Bowler Hat

NeoStock - Karlos III, Steampunk Adventurer, Stock Photography

Rapier Action

NeoStock - Karlos II, Steampunk Adventurer, Stock Photography

We sail at dawn

NeoStock - Karlos I, Steampunk Adventurer, Stock Photography

Sullen

Urban Fantasy:

NeoStock - Karlos V, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Dual Swords

NeoStock - Karlos IV, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Taking Stock

NeoStock - Karlos III, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Dual Pistols

NeoStock - Karlos II, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Over the Shoulder

NeoStock - Karlos I, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Magic Hands

A great weekend, we look forward to producing a lot more historical stocks in the near future… including  Female Gunslinger, Medieval Ranger, and more!!

To stay up to date / have a say in what we create, come jump onboard at our NeoStock Focus Group.

Shoot 012 Credits:

Photography: Tom Parsons, Hair & Makeup by Suzanna Forrister-Beer (Makeupps by Suzanna), Models: Karlos Moir, and Mike Garrett. Shot at Fire Eye Land studios, Margate.

— Team NeoStock

Shoot 11— Victorian Ripper, Grimdark Knight & Viking Marauder

Shoots 11 & 12 were a big step for Team NeoStock, as this was the first time we’d shipped models in from further afield!! We’ve teamed up with two great historical interpreters from the West Country to collaborate on a total of SIX concepts for our libraries, over a two-day shoot…

The overall shoot had a ‘dark historical’ flavour, gritty and cinematic (the NeoStock way!!) Our concepts were: Victorian Ripper, Grimdark Knight, Viking Marauder, Old West Cowboy, and Urban Fantasy.

Here’s a look at the sets from our first day shooting:

Victorian Ripper:

NeoStock - Mike V, Victorian Ripper, Stock Photography

The Demon Barber?

NeoStock - Mike III, Victorian Ripper, Stock Photography

Blades at the ready…

NeoStock - Mike III, Victorian Ripper, Stock Photography

He Waits…

NeoStock - Mike II, Victorian Ripper, Stock Photography

In Pursuit

NeoStock - Mike I, Old West Cowboy, Stock Photography

Jack the Ripper Inspired

Grimdark Knight:

NeoStock - Karlos V, Grimdark Knight, Stock Photography

The Chaos and the Fury

NeoStock - Karlos IV, Grimdark Knight, Stock Photography

A man on a mission

NeoStock - Karlos III, Grimdark Knight, Stock Photography

A brief reprieve…

NeoStock - Karlos II, Grimdark Knight, Stock Photography

Hooded Fury

NeoStock - Karlos I, Grimdark Knight, Stock Photography

King Arthur Pose

Viking Marauder:

NeoStock - Karlos V, Viking Marauder, Stock Photography

Victory

NeoStock - Karlos IV, Viking Marauder, Stock Photography

Poised and ready

NeoStock - Karlos III, Viking Marauder, Stock Photography

In silence he waits

NeoStock - Karlos II, Viking Marauder, Stock Photography

Into battle

NeoStock - Karlos I, Viking Marauder, Stock Photography

The crown rests on a troubled brow

There’s another three sets to land from this shoot, which we’ll be sharing tommorow!! Old West Cowboy, Steampunk Adventurer, and Urban Fantasy – a helluva spread 😛

To stay up to date / have a say in what we create, come jump onboard at our NeoStock Focus Group.

Shoot 011 Credits:

Photography: Tom Parsons, Hair & Makeup by Suzanna Forrister-Beer (Makeupps by Suzanna), Models: Karlos Moir, and Mike Garrett. Shot at Fire Eye Land studios, Margate.

— Team NeoStock

Shoot 10 — Medieval Ranger and Urban Fantasy

There has been a desperate lack of female Medieval Ranger / Assassin / Archer concepts in the world of stock photography… We’ve set out to remedy that, with an intense new set starring our new model Liepa!!

Aside from the Medieval Assassin concept, we also captured some great Urban Fantasy shots, which are always versatile for a wide range of genres.

Here’s a look at some of our favourites from the shoot.

Medieval Assassin:

NeoStock - Liepa I, Medieval Assassin, Stock Photography

Call to Arms

NeoStock - Liepa II, Medieval Assassin, Stock Photography

Deadly Archer

NeoStock - Liepa III, Medieval Assassin, Stock Photography

Warrior with Dual Swords

NeoStock - Liepa IV, Medieval Assassin, Stock Photography

Summoning the Magic

NeoStock - Liepa V, Medieval Assassin, Stock Photography

Archer Assassin

Urban Fantasy:

NeoStock - Liepa V, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Pensive

NeoStock - Liepa IV, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Magic Hands and Sword

NeoStock - Liepa III, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Prowling the Perimeter

NeoStock - Liepa II, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Whimsical Pose

NeoStock - Liepa I, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Time for the Hunt

We have a seriously exciting shoot coming up, where we’ll be capturing a wide range of historical concepts with a grizzled viking model!!

To stay up to date / have a say in what we create, come jump onboard at our NeoStock Focus Group.

Shoot 010 Credits:

Photography: Tom Parsons, Hair & Makeup by Suzanna Forrister-Beer (Makeupps by Suzanna), Model: Liepa. Shot at Fire Eye Land studios, Margate.

— Team NeoStock

Shoot 9 — Urban Fantasy and Vampire Romance

For Shoot 009, we mixed things up a bit, and got a great couple onboard for our sets. Our main concept was Vampire Romance, but we also managed to get some great Urban Fantasy shots with both models too.

The great thing about the Urban Fantasy concepts, is that they’re very versatile, suitable for a wide variety of genres and stories.

Here’s a look at some of the shots we got:

Daniel Urban Fantasy:

NeoStock -Daniel V, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Heart-throb Pose

NeoStock -Daniel IV, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Super Swish

NeoStock -Daniel III, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Off to Work

NeoStock -Daniel II, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Daemon Hunter

NeoStock -Daniel I, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Combat-Ready

Donna Urban Fantasy:

NeoStock -Donna I, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Call to Adventure

NeoStock -Donna II, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Magic Hands

NeoStock -Donna III, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Dual Swords

NeoStock -Donna IV, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

The Strike

NeoStock -Donna V, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Surveying

Donna & Daniel Vampire Romance:

NeoStock -Donna Daniel I, Vampire Romance, Stock Photography

The Caress

NeoStock -Donna Daniel II, Vampire Romance, Stock Photography

Vampire Queen

NeoStock -Donna Daniel III, Vampire Romance, Stock Photography

Deadly Intent

NeoStock -Donna Daniel IV, Vampire Romance, Stock Photography

Sullen

NeoStock -Donna Daniel V, Vampire Romance, Stock Photography

Lord of the Night

Be sure to stay tuned for more cinematic stocks, new content coming monthly!! In the meantime, you can join the project, and have a say in what we create by coming onboard at our NeoStock Focus Group.

Shoot 009 Credits:

Photography: Tom Parsons, Hair & Makeup by Suzanna Forrister-Beer (Makeupps by Suzanna), Models: Donna-Marie Boyer & Daniel Gemsa. Shot at Fire Eye Land studios, Margate.

— Team NeoStock

Shoot 8 — Tactical Assassin and Apocalypse Hero

Greetings Stock fans. For Shoot 008, we’ve mixed it up somewhat, with two high-octane concepts with our new model Regis!!

Our first concept is ‘Tactical Assassin’, a future-tech / borderline sci-fi military concept, that can be used for a variety of genres and stories. Our second concept is ‘Apocalypse Hero’, a more everyman look, depicting a blue-collar guy, facing impossible odds!!

Here’s a look at some of the images we captured…

Tactical Assassin:

NeoStock -Regis VI, Tactical Assassin, Stock Photography

On Patrol

NeoStock -Regis V, Tactical Assassin, Stock Photography

Coffee Break

NeoStock -Regis IV, Tactical Assassin, Stock Photography

Morning Jog

NeoStock -Regis III, Tactical Assassin, Stock Photography

Everybody Knows KungFu

NeoStock -Regis II, Tactical Assassin, Stock Photography

Bat ‘er Up

NeoStock -Regis I, Tactical Assassin, Stock Photography

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Assassin

Apocalypse Hero:

NeoStock -Regis I, Apocalypse Hero, Stock Photography

*Schwing!!*

NeoStock -Regis II, Apocalypse Hero, Stock Photography

Who Goes There?

NeoStock -Regis III, Apocalypse Hero, Stock Photography

It’s GO Time

NeoStock -Regis IV, Apocalypse Hero, Stock Photography

Into the Fire

NeoStock -Regis V, Apocalypse Hero, Stock Photography

Taking Stock

Be sure to stay tuned for more cinematic stocks, new content coming monthly!! In the meantime, you can join the project, and have a say in what we create by coming onboard at our NeoStock Focus Group.

Shoot 008 Credits:

Photography: Tom Parsons, Model: Regis Stafford. Shot at Fire Eye Land studios, Margate.

— Team NeoStock

Shoot 7 — Urban Fantasy and Young Adult Adventure

Team NeoStock move forward this month, with more Urban Fantasy stocks and a new genre for us: Young Adult.

Our new model Billie has a great innocent look, which would be great for a wide range of cover concepts. Here’s a look at what we got for NeoStock Shoot 007:

Urban Fantasy:

NeoStock -Billie I, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

One Girl Against the World

NeoStock -Billie II, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Sassy Casual

NeoStock -Billie III, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Dual Wield

NeoStock -Billie IV, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Magic Hands

NeoStock -Billie V, Urban Fantasy, Stock Photography

Pensive Crouching

Young Adult Adventure:

NeoStock -Billie I, Young Adult Adventure, Stock Photography

Innocence

NeoStock -Billie II, Young Adult Adventure, Stock Photography

Crouching MAgic Hands

NeoStock -Billie III, Young Adult Adventure, Stock Photography

Into the Crypt…

NeoStock -Billie II, Young Adult Adventure, Stock Photography

Curiosity

NeoStock -Billie I, Young Adult Adventure, Stock Photography

Kinetic Action

Be sure to stay tuned for more cinematic stocks, new content coming monthly!! In the meantime, you can join the project, and have a say in what we create by coming onboard at our NeoStock Focus Group.

Shoot 007 Credits:

Photography: Tom Parsons, Model: Billie Crittenden. Shot at Fire Eye Land studios, Margate.

— Team NeoStock

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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…

NeoStock - Sahara I Warrior Priestess, Stock Photography

A Dark Fable…

NeoStock - Sahara I Warrior Priestess, Stock Photography

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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