This is my personal favourite photo from a recent shoot for Debbie Leno, a local hair and makeup artist. Our model for the day, despite never having modelled before, was Amy. I think she did a wonderful job and we had a lot of fun working on different looks.
Having worked with Miriam King on a recent portrait shoot she asked me if I would like to work with her again on some more portraits to showcase her hair and makeup. Of course I had to say yes, and now I can share a few examples of her work. Our lovely model for the day was Jess.
The memorial park in Basingstoke has quite a variety of locations to use. It would be a shame not to take advantage of everything it has to offer, but time limited us to just a small area. Which gives us lots of other options if we should do another session in the future.
One of the nice things about working with models on their portfolios is that the shoots tend to be collaborations. I love to bounce ideas back and forth and experiment to see what works best.
Alice had lots of ideas for this shoot and, before she arrived, I spent time trying different lighting setups.
One of the key things with the lighting, besides getting the best possible quality of light, was safety. In this instance we were working with a lot of water and mains electricity. Not a great combination! Fortunately I had had the idea to bounce the light off of the white ceiling to try and get soft wrapping light and this allowed me to have the light only just inside the room, far from the water.
The shot up top is a tight crop intended to look like Alice is in a pond or close to the shore of a lake. In reality, as the following image shows, she was in a bathtub!
To make the water go green Alice had the idea of using a bath bomb. It worked well, though the colour was a little weak requiring a boost it in post production.
She also brought leaves and flowers, which added to the authenticity. The leaves alone worked well for the pond shot whilst the flowers brought a lot more colour and worked better for the more artistic images we did later.
Alice was such a pleasure to work with I really hope we can collaborate again in the future.
A bit of an unusual request, a Snow Queen themed photo shoot in the middle of summer. My first thought was of Narnia and the White Witch. After the return of Aslan the lion, the endless winter turns to spring as the witch’s grip on the land ends. So, with this in mind, I thought we could do a White Witch / Snow Queen in Summer after all.
There is more PhotoShop work on these than I usually do, but I wanted the mood to enhance the look. Though they looked great straight out of the camera, the greens and yellows didn’t fit with the cool blue of the make-up, so I cooled the background and darkened the edges to pull the focus in towards Sophia and to also add a bit of a feeling of mystery.
After a very successful studio shoot (well, living room to be honest) I was delighted to be asked to photograph Suzanna again. This time however it was to be on location at the Hilsea Lines in Portsmouth.
One of the best things about being a photographer is getting to meet and work with new and interesting people. A few months ago, at a wedding fair in the Thorngate Halls, Gosport, Lorna and I met Claire. She runs Couture Hair and Make Up and, since she was all set up nice and early, she did Lorna’s hair before the fair opened.
They got to chatting, as you’d expect ;o) and ended up planning a shoot!
Work schedules being what they are it took a little time, but we managed to organise a day early in April to work together. The main goal was to create some photos to show a few different wedding hair and make-up styles. Claire organised two fantastic models to work with, Cara and Charlotte, and we worked at Claire’s home where she has her salon.
These are just a few of the images we created. After shooting the wedding styles we had some fun with a vintage look too!
We all had a fantastic day working together. It was certainly a lot of work, but a lot of fun too and I am sure Claire and I will work together again soon. It’s only a matter of time until we are both booked for the same wedding I’m sure.
I want to say a big thank you to Charlotte and Cara too. They were very professional but great company all day long. And also to Lorna, for creating the bouquets. Thank you!
To comment on this post via Twitter use #rdpCouture and include @radanter if you want to be sure I will see it. Alternatively, pop over to Facebook and message me there!
I met Suzanna recently and we got chatting about doing a photo shoot to add some new images to her portfolio. She was interested in doing something dark and moody, which I thought would be interesting for me too.
I often shoot with a plain black background though, so whilst I thought we’d do that this time I wanted to vary it a bit too.
I have an old mottled backdrop which I have not used for a while, but I thought it would work really well for these shots.
I also experimented a little more with colour in Photoshop. I avoid using filters, which are very common on some photo sharing sites, preferring more natural colours, but for this set I wanted something to enhance the mood. Thinking of some of the movie posters like those for Twilight and Harry Potter I decided to see what a colder blue would look like.
I loved the blue on the top photo, but for most of the images I kept the colours as they came out of the camera or converted to black and white.
All of these photos were shot in a living room. I can set up a studio in almost any room if I can clear an area of about 3m x 3m (roughly 10 ft square). From head shots to family portraits it is surprising what can be done in a small area with a little care and creativity.
To comment on this post via Twitter use #rdpSuzanna and include @radanter if you want to be sure I will see it. Alternatively, pop over to Facebook and message me there!