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.



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: