Remote Photo Shoots/ Virtual Photo Shoots

Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic I have continued to create photographic images but my normal method of being in the same space as the subject had to change to being remotely connected via the internet. There are a number of ways to achieve a virtual/remote photoshoot and I will describe here the main approach I have adopted.

The fundamentals of a remote shoot are the same as are required for a real world photoshoot:- You need a photographer and a willing subject. The photographer needs to know how to compose an image, be able to communicate their wishes, listen to and act on the ideas of the subject, understand how light works. The main difference to a real world photoshoot in the method I use is that an app (e.g. Zoom/Facetime) and the subject’s mobile phone is used instead of a camera (other methods are sometimes available where the subject has a dslr camera and can allow the photographer to remotely adjust settings).  To be clear this is not a selfie as the photographer presses the virtual shutter when they want to capture the image, with my method this means taking a screengrab, so the decision of what moment to capture remains with the photographer as it would in a real world shoot.  There are many similarities to a real world photoshoot but some things have become very evident to me after conducting so many of these shoots: – A strong stable internet connection is crucial, the photographer needs to be prepared to give lots and lots of polite instructions e.g. where to ask the model to position the phone/camera for each set of shots,as well as direction for poses etc, so it is crucial that both parties know what is involved before participating.

The pandemic has been a nightmare for the creative community as it has been for so many people but remote shooting has helped my creative well being to stay healthy. In addition an enormous helping of fun has been had during the shoots which has been very helpful in these difficult times.

Will I continue with Remote/Virtual shoots when I can return to conventional shooting? Yes, I would love continue in addition to conventional shoots.

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Cassiane Barbosa in Brazil and Photographer Tim Copsey in the UK

Many images from my remote shoots available to view on

and in  The Virtual World Exhibition


The Virtual World Exhibition

To view the exhibition please follow this link

You can view it simply through your browser on a laptop/computer or if on a mobile phone by downloading an app to give you the view/3d experience on a mobile device



Published in VueZ Magazine New York

Clash of the Clans

Fashion Designer: Linda Blissett
Photographer: Tim Copsey
Mua: Peyton Yoder
Hair: Lisa Ruocco
Model: Cerys Wrigley-Moss

British fashion designer Linda Blissett has derived inspiration for this collection from the Jacobite rebellion and the Battle of Culloden.

The collection takes the heather and earth muted tones of the battlefield at Culloden, using cut up and used upcycled pieces of tartan fabrics, tweeds and old kilts which are mixed up and sewed together to represent the coming together of the clans that fought at the Battle of Culloden  (some of whom fought against each other) and aftermath of the battle when tartan was banned. Linda has also incorporated and interwoven real heather, pheasant feathers and ribbons.

For the structure of the the fabrics, she looked to scottish Artist and architect Rennie Macintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald for the structural works they created.

The clan system was abolished after the battle of Culloden in 1746. This is represented by the mixture of tartans together and the loss of the clans at the time.
Tartan was later to be popularised by King George the IV And Queen Victoria to the modernity of tartan today.


London Fashion Photographer Tim Copsey