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!

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.