Gabriela

Recently I decided to set up a shoot to refresh my portfolio which is always a good thing to do every now and again. For this shoot the theme I chose included a lot of black and white and so I really wanted to capture some emotive expressions to help the images stand out, I explained my ideas to Gabriela (and explained that Georgina would be continuously spraying her with water) but she was more than happy to try them out. 

We did our first set up over a white backdrop using a large octabank as my main light, a gridded beauty dish as my rim light and two small soft boxes to light the background.

We did the second set up over a dark grey backdrop and here is where I feel the images really came to life. Gabriela posed and moved really well so it only took a little direction here and there from me and we began capturing what I feel are some of the best images from the day. For this setup I used a small gridded beauty dish as my main light, high up off camera left and tilted at a 90° angle, another gridded strobe with barn doors to help direct the light as my rim light and finally a small soft box off camera right at a low setting just to fill in some of the shadows.

Here is a behind the scenes look of the earlier set-up, the two strobes lighting the background were later switched off and the main light changed to the beauty dish for a darker image.

Here is a behind the scenes look of the earlier set-up, the two strobes lighting the background were later switched off and the main light changed to the beauty dish for a darker image.

I later decided to pull out my mamiya and snap a few film shots which I love, forever a slave to to seeing my images instantly it was a little nerve racking waiting for the film to develop but I’m happy to say they turned out great!

Here are a few:

I had a great time on this shoot, I got to try out some new ideas and give my portfolio a boost at the same time. I'm looking forward to the next :)

Model: Gabriela                                                                                                          

MUA:  Georgina Davies

Image courtesy of Gabriela

Image courtesy of Gabriela

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!

Lauma Apele

The shoot...

I reached out to Lauma because of her distinctive look and because I absolutely love her style. Initially I wanted to go for something different, when I first contacted Lauma my first idea was to shoot somewhere dark and melancholic as I felt her tattoos would naturally lend themselves to the scene but then I thought more about that idea and it felt kind of stereotypical to me and so I wondered if it might be nicer to create some contrast in my images and to go for something much warmer and bright. 

Personally I feel it worked well this way, shooting in a scene that at first seemed at odds to me with her appearance was in fact the best thing I could of done. Lauma has a very natural look that worked perfectly with the environment and the scene itself managed to draw more attention to her tattoos than I feel it would have if say, she had been standing in front of a wall full of graffiti.

It was a sunny day and so I kept my lighting very simple using a large octabank as my main light and a small beauty dish with a grid (wrapped in CTO gel) for my rim light. I kept them at a low setting so that it could just augment the natural light that was already washing over my model and the background.

We did two more set-ups after that the second being on a nice bridge we’d spotted a few days prior to the shoot whilst we were scouting for locations and the last one over a pebbled wall.

The images over the pebbled wall were done with one gridded beauty dish as my main light to give a focused but harsh light on my model, this helped to create some deep shadows whilst still defining her tattoos which was the important part of this particular shoot.

All in all it was another great day and I’m truly looking forward to the next shoot!

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!