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!

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 :)

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! 

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!

 

London Summer!

It's rare but it does happen! Finally we got our summer this year and I had a shoot planned with a model Kat Horton whom I had met on a model networking site so I could take full advantage. Crazy as it sounds the weather all though great wasn't the best thing for me that day as my plan for the shoot was more cold and mood driven which you can imagine is not the easiest thing to do when the  sun in all it's glory is beaming down all around you :)

Luckily I had scouted the area a few days before and so I was able to adapt to the situation by means of a bridge that I had found, it was nice and I noticed people rarely walked through it and so knew we'd be able to set up without disturbing too many people.

In the end I decided to go for the a mixture of the cold with the warm which I think gives the image a sense of hopefulness as opposed to full on misery. You can still see one of the images below that will give you a better sense if the original mood I had planned out for this particular set up.

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Once we had got the shots we needed we headed back to my studio set up where we captured some portraits of Kat which turned out great. I tried a few lighting set up's but in the end I decided all I needed for this was my beauty dish raised high up off centre left with a grid on the front which gave me the light and feel I wanted. I thought it would be criminal to ignore the great day we were having and so the last location for the day was changed to a large open field I knew very well. As predicted people were out and about soaking in the rays but the field was more than large enough for us to venture off somewhere quiet and out of the way. For these shots I used two lights, my softbox as my main light raised high up off camera right and my second light (strobe with a gridded beauty dish for the modifier) was placed behind the model to act as a rim light. The beauty dish was gridded to help control and direct the light  to exactly where I wanted it.

It was a great day and I had a lot of fun. The lighting set up's for this shoot were simple but effective and I came away with some great images to add to my book.

 

MUA: Georgina Davies

Model: Kat Horton

 

Check out the images from the day below: 

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.