Sun & Smoke

I decided to set up a shoot in order to add some more content to my portfolio, I knew for the first set up I wanted to shoot outdoors, we'd come across this great location a few weeks previously and loved it. After a spot of London weather in the morning we were unsure if we were going to still head outdoors but with some luck a small window of opportunity opened up for us and we made a dash to the location. The first thing I looked for was where the light was falling and found a spot that looked perfect.

 

For the second set-up I had two options I wanted to try, over backdrop or on top of a car using smoke grenades... We went with the smoke grenades :)

The smoke grenades only lasted for 30 seconds so I knew once we started shooting we had to get it right, I set up the lighting and locked them in, once I was happy with the way they looked we used a smoke grenade to test how it would appear in the scene and how the light would effect it. They worked great! Apart from a little bit of coughing from all of us and laughing when we realised how much smoke actually came out of these things we managed to get some great images, Jasmin moved fluently with the smoke giving a great performance all I had to do was capture it.

This was a fun shoot with a bit of experimentation and I look forward to trying out a few more crazy ideas soon!

Tom

Recently I got the chance to shoot a friend which is always nice because you already have a good connection and good chemistry is always great for photography. For this shoot I really wanted to get a 1940’s style set-up for Tom and so after brainstorming and getting a few necessary items together i.e, braces, cigars, a hat, a gramophone etc… we went looking for the hardest part of the shoot, which was finding a setting in which the images could be deemed believable. Luckily we found a place which had great olden style rooms and a vintage look which was perfect for what we had in mind.

Here you can see a image of the room and the set-up we had for one of the shots with Tom and Nyah.     For this set-up I used an octabank as my main light and a gridded beauty dish as my rim light. To help add some warmth into the image and help fill in some of the shadows I also used another strobe with some CTO gel pointed low and upwards towards both models. (The fourth strobe to the left of me is not firing.)

Here you can see a image of the room and the set-up we had for one of the shots with Tom and Nyah. 

For this set-up I used an octabank as my main light and a gridded beauty dish as my rim light. To help add some warmth into the image and help fill in some of the shadows I also used another strobe with some CTO gel pointed low and upwards towards both models. (The fourth strobe to the left of me is not firing.)

For the second set-up we wanted to capture some cool natural shots of Tom on a small pier we’d found while scouting a few weeks prior to the shoot. For these shots I used only one light, a large octabank which you can see in the image below:

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Staying on schedule we then moved on to the other side of the pier near some fields to catch the sunset which didn’t disappoint. Below you can see where I placed the octabank and also how strong and how warm the sun is as a backlight.

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I had a lot of fun on this shoot and it hardly felt like work even when humping my hefty battery pack and strobes through the woods.

Check out the final images from the shoot below, I’ve included a shot with just the sun as a backlight as it reminded of when I first began taking pictures before all the lighting and equipment when I focused more on the simple things :)

Concept Weekend!

So this was one of those weekends where my mind was running about itself trying to put all my ideas together. I had four models being sent over from Mission Models for some test shots. Eventually my mind slowed itself down and I decided on a few ideas one was a concept idea for a skateboard chick. I wanted these shots to feel young and vibrant. Luckily, although we had missed sunrise and had no hope of catching sunset with the time limit we had, the natural light happened to be falling across a plain grey wall which caught my eye, the next step was just moving a few things about and using one of my strobes to make it all work. Another idea that came about with the help of my good friend and make-up artist Georgina Davies was the concept idea for a woman who wears glasses but of course can't do her eye make-up while getting ready and so proceeds to do it without the use of her glasses resulting in  some shocking results. One of the models for the day Jemma, was an amazing sport and was happy to let us mess her face up for the shots which we had a lot of fun creating. The last concept idea was to create an image of a girl mechanic at work. The fun thing for these shots was to order an overall (uniform) and mess it all up so that it looked more realistic and then to soot up the model a little to help with the overall image. Check out some of the images over in my portfolio to see how they turned out.

Kew Gardens

So last week I had two models come down from Mission Models. Both girls were really great and easy to get along with which made things simpler form the start.

The location I chose was Kew Gardens, I chose this location because despite the crazy weather we've had this beginning of the year it still looked fantastic and gave me great ideas to work with. It took me about a week to convince the lovely staff at Kew Gardens that the shoot would be kept low-key and not disrupt the experience for any people visiting the park. Joe Robbins was extremely helpful in this matter and secured me my permit for the day to which I am grateful.

Another worrying part coming up to the shoot was as I mentioned before, 'the weather!' Although I had kept a close eye on the weather reports which confirmed it would be sunny the fact that it had been raining most of the week and been quite stormy the day before didn't help at all. Luckily the weather reports were on the mark and we had an amazing day capturing some colourful shots.

Check some of them out below!