Couture Hair and Make Up

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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.

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These are just a few of the images we created. After shooting the wedding styles we had some fun with a vintage look too!

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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!

Take care


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Suzanna – Dark and Moody


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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.

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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.

More soon.


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