Happy 2015!

Happy New Year!

Well it’s that time again, another great year has passed and it’s the beginning of a new promising year!

I’m happy to start this year off with images from my latest shoot.

I was lucky enough to photograph two very talented dancers Adam and Jasmine, something that I have wanted to do for a very long time. The first challenge was deciding on the style of dance I wanted to capture, both dancers were trained in various styles so I was spoilt for choice. Researching a few styles I came upon Pas De Deux and immediately knew it was the one. There is great movement and a sense of connection between both dancers that I wanted to capture and so we set to work.

The second challenge was deciding on how best to light both dancers, I wanted to not only light them well but also maintain shadows in the correct places to help create drama. I used a four light set up to achieve the look of the images below, a large octabank feathered off to the side as my main light, a small gridded beauty dish as my rim light and two soft boxes to light the background:

Me being me, I couldn’t let Adam and Jasmine escape without getting some portraits of them, for this we used two different backdrops with two different styles of clothing.

Luckily their chemistry flowed into their portraits as well as they did while dancing and we captured some great images. Check them out below…


I had a lot of fun shooting Adam and Jasmine and look forward to some creative shoots such as this throughout the year.


Happy 2015 everybody!

Duvall

It's always great when you get to work with someone who has an energy all of their own and very recently that’s exactly what I got to do. I had the pleasure of working with an artist/music producer called Duvall who I have known for a few years now making this particular shoot much more fun for the both of us.

I would usually speak about what lighting set-ups and modifiers I used but to be honest beyond all the equipment and lighting techniques the thing that I feel made this shoot a success was how open Duvall was to trying things out and funny enough when left to his own devices he gave me some of the best expressions I’ve seen in a long time.

Check out some of the images from the shoot below:

The first set-up was at a location I had stumbled upon a few days previously, it was a quiet area with a canal but what drew me to it was the two red bridges.

The second set-up was done over a white seamless backdrop with the aim of turning the images black and white later on in post. For these images we wanted real dynamic expressions and poses.

For the final set-up we shot over a black backdrop to better emphasize the coloured CTO gels we were using along with the haze machine.

Light & Shadow

For this shoot I planned to shoot indoors which was a good idea seeing as it had poured down non stop the day before and the day of the shoot which would have seen us walking around in wellies getting soaked all day… not good. 

In the first set up I knew I wanted to create some black & white portraits, and so I made sure to position my lighting in a way that would allow me to create some bright highlights and dark shadows over the model that I knew would look great later on in black & white.

For the second set-up we used a much warmer coloured background which we decided on after picking out the outfits earlier in the day. The dress and styling for this set-up worked perfectly together and we got some really graceful images. It helped that Emily's has done balley from a very young age which I feel comes across in the images nicely helping strengthen the theme we aimed to achieve.

Check out some of the images below!

Creative Itch!

Lately I’ve been busy attending to some of those new goals I set myself for 2014 and so hadn’t shot for a while... I was starting to get withdrawal symptoms :)

So I decided to set up a test shoot to try out a few ideas I had been sitting on. I already had a model in mind as I knew she could pull off the expressions I was going for on this particular shoot and so I reached out to Emma whom I had not worked with for about a year  as you can see back in my older posts. It’s crazy how time flies as it wasn’t till we met up that I realised just how long it had been.

We planned three set up’s for the day, the first was to follow up my dark, cinematic portraits of Adam. For this I used a large octabank as my key light and a small beauty dish with grid as my rim light, the positioning of the lights were almost identical to Adam’s set up minus a few small tweaks as I wanted these images to have the same feel and look.

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The second set-up was the most time consuming but also the most fun. The idea was to shoot Emma in six different outfits and then to later merge them together into one final image. Of course six outfits means, six hair & make-up changes which adds up the time but luckily everyone was focused and knew what we needed to do and so it all went ahead smoothly. In the end I decided not to merge all six images into one image but to choose three of my favourite outfit picks from the day along with six poses from each outfit and merge them into one.

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For the last set up, I wanted to try something a bit more elegant and so we came up with the idea to use water and petals, altogether 6,500 petals placed on a thin layer of water with Emma in the middle, sounds simple enough right? Well I won’t bore you with the set up and I definitely won’t bore you with how we got rid of the petals once we were finished (which was a nightmare!) but once set up correctly we knew it was definitely worth the effort and we got some great images. 

Beauty

Recently I put together a shoot so that I could add to and expand my portfolio. I wanted to create various looks on this shoot but my main aim for the day was to create a beauty shot. I wanted the image to be striking whilst still maintaing a warm feeling which is why I was very careful on selecting the model for this shoot. In the end I came across a model called Kristina who had naturally tanned skin and great eyes which was perfect for what I was trying to create. From the start I knew I wanted this image to feel warm and so I decided to use a hazelnut coloured backdrop which was very similar to Kristina's skin allowing me to blend them together nicely.

We then moved onto the seamless backdrop as they are always good to have :) before finally pushing for something a little darker and slightly more moody again taking care to insure the images had the same feel as the other darker toned images in my portfolio.

Check out some of the images below!

 

Shadows

I had a lot of fun on this shoot, one of the aims for me was to push away from my comfortable lighting set-up's and really try and create something different to add to my work. I had been watching a few new TV shows (Mostly moody ones incase you couldn't tell) when I came up with the idea for this shoot. I have a great respect for cinematographers and the way they use light to not only light a scene but also create drama where needed and so I wanted to incorporate some of that into this shoot.

Picking the right model for this shoot wasn't easy, mostly because I knew I wanted a certain look but luckily Adam responded to my casting call. Adam was perfect for what I wanted to achieve on this shoot and super nice to work with which is always a bonus. One thing that I was surprised and happy to find was that his hair lent itself to the scene nicely, in some cases even managing to draw your attention away from the fact that he's smoking which is a plus.

Check out some of the images from the shoot below, more to come! 

Sam

For a few months now I've looked at my portfolio and it wasn't hard to come to the conclusion that I definitely needed more guys in my book…mainly because I had none :) So I managed to get hold of a model named Sam over a modelling site and set up a date to shoot. As soon as I met him I knew the shoot was going to be great! Sam was easy to work with, had a great personality as well as a great look covering some of the main things I'm after when I'm photographing somebody. 

We had three set up's for the day, the weather was not ideal but we turned it to our advantage and went for more mood driven shots outdoors which Sam had the perfect rugged look for. Over the next few months I'll be setting up more shoots with guys so check out some of the images below including a small diagram of the outdoor setup in front of the car which I've used a cube to represent and look out for more images coming soon!

 

Paint & Fire
 © William Henry

 © William Henry

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So this weekend I had two models come down to shoot. The first girl Matea was absolutely lovely and a pleasure to work with. Me and my partner in crime had decided we wanted to be a bit more creative with this portrait which was to be done on a grey background that day and so after banging our heads together for a while we decided to massacre it with paint! We headed off to the shops and picked up some acrylic paints all different colours (gold actually ended up looking the best) and headed back to the studio where we spent the evening slashing the air with paint bushes till the whole backdrop was filled, it was actually a lot of fun. Afterwards we knew we'd need an outfit to go along with the shoot and to save the model turning up and having a heart attack once we'd told her we were going to have to paint some of her clothes, so we decided to find some of our own to destroy :). We managed to scrounge together a pair of dungarees and an old, slightly dishevelled looking grey jumper. Together they looked perfect, I could already see the shot and so we got to painting the clothes and left them to dry overnight. Matea arrived in the morning and we explained to her the concept for the shoot that day, she was super excited and I knew then that it was going to be great. Two lights were used for this shoot, I started off withe a large octabank as my main light before adding a small beauty dish as my rim. I loved how the images were taking shape with help from the paint splattered background & clothes, the only thing for me to do was work with Matea to get the right expressions. Towards the end of the shoot I decided to try something a little different, I removed the octabank and decided to use the beauty dish with grid as my main and only light source. The effect was better than I had hoped and after moving Matea around a bit  I got the two shots from that set-up I wanted. It was a hard choice but in the end I decided to go for the shots using the beauty dish as I felt it gave a little something more to these particular portraits. You can still check out the shots using the octabank above I love them as well and who knows my choice might change over time :)

 

 

Fire

The second model for the day was a girl by the name of Lulu. Most times a model will turn up ready to be moulded and other times they will turn up with their hair on fire! Which we were I admit a little shocked to see at first but rather than be like oh wow! That was not the colour of your hair when I saw your pictures! I decided to make the best of the situation and so we grabbed our orange paper to use as a backdrop which worked well with her hair, luckily Lulu had a warm smile that definitely went with her hair and the first set of shots went smoothly. Later looking at her hair again I had another idea, it was almost sunset and I thought what would it be like to have Lulu in the forest backlit by the sun with the orange in her hair... it was just an idea but I thought why not and so we headed off to a forest I knew well and after a short walk found the perfect place to set up. The sun was just low enough to be peaking through the trees backlighting the model and giving me a nice camera flare. I used one light for these shots, my octabank up high just off centre left which helped me to get a nice wash of light over my model and the pictures turned out great!

So in the end the hair worked out perfectly not that I hope to be surprised often but I like to know that if it does happen again that I'm ready, you never know.

 © William Henry

 © William Henry

Failed Sunrise, Great Sunset!

So last weekend I had another shoot come up. I had two models coming down and so the plan for the day was to catch the sunrise early in the morning with Jackie and then move onto the sunset later with Tia. Unfortunately the clouds were not in the mood to make way for the sun and so we didn't catch the sunrise we wanted, sometimes that's just how it goes so instead we decided to go for something a bit more punchy with our beauty dish. 

 

Later that day when Tia arrived we spent some time shooting in the studio and basically playing about with ice cream that I had to try and stop Tia from eating so we could get the shot.

To our surprise the sun decided to make an appearance towards the late afternoon so we raced over to our nearest open field and ended the day capturing some great sunset images. All in all the day went well and there was some really great energy from the models.

P.s. Once everyone had left I demolished ALL the ice cream :D

 

 

 

 

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.