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.
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.
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.
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This is a portrait taken at a recent test shoot with Gemma. I am hoping to work with her this year on a range of projects that will allow us both to try out some new things and get creative.
We already have a first shoot planned for later this month with a theme of “Books”.
Not sure what the results will be yet, but I do have a few ideas and Gemma has shared some of her own too. It is quite exciting to be collaborating with someone like this so I am really looking forward to it.
Watch this space!
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It was a lovely day on Sunday so Lorna, Amy and I decided to go for a walk in Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Not surprisingly it was rather busy – we were not the only ones making the most of the warm sunny weather. There was even a group making use of one of the barbecue sites.
The sun was actually rather strong without a single cloud to soften the harsh light, so for the photo of Amy above we went into one of the shelters. There were several picnic tables and benches in there, probably to protect them from the winter rain, which were ideal for a place to sit her.
Amy almost never stops moving, she is always on the go and fidgets constantly. I feel sorry for her teachers at school! But with her sat on the bench and looking at her mum she did manage to be still for a few seconds. Just a few though, she was soon off again…
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A couple of weeks ago I came across a casting call from Sarah Green on the Model Mayhem web site. She was looking to add a black and white fashion shoot to her portfolio and was looking for a photographer to collaborate with.
I had already seen some of Sarah’s work, so I knew she was an excellent model and couldn’t resist getting in touch. We organised to meet up one evening and shoot on the streets and green areas near to her home.
One of the advantages of being a wedding photographer is that you get used to making the most of the locations you have. Even the most picturesque churches tend to have signs and notices in the most inconvenient places so you get used to looking for clutter-free areas and angles that hide the things you don’t want in the shot.
Of course there is always Photoshop, but what may only take a second to fix by careful positioning can take hours to fix later in Photoshop.
In this case some Photoshop was necessary in order to convert to black and white, but other than that the editing was pretty minimal and Sarah and I are both very happy with the results.
If you have been following my blog posts for a while you will have read about my friend Jackie, who is an aspiring photographer based in Old Windsor. She invited me up to her home last weekend to work with her and photograph Nicola and Tom.
I think it was the first really warm day of the year, so we made the most of it and headed out to the garden. The sun was pretty strong but my 6ft diffusion panel worked well to soften what would otherwise have been some very harsh shadows.
We also popped in the house for a few shots making good use of the natural light coming in the windows of the spare bedroom.
Nicola and Tom make a great couple, and I really enjoyed photographing them and working again with Jackie.