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.

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!

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!