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Just in case you thought I may have run off, here we are back with just a subtle colour one.
This kind of image really speaks volumes about why it’s important for working fashion, beauty and commercial photographers to shoot tests. These are unpaid shoots where all those involved give up time in the hope of creating something new and different for portfolio use.
Take this image for example, the idea and concept I’d brought was a kind of black glitter beauty look. I’d spoken to Meg the MUA and we’d nailed down our inspiration images and ideas of how we planned to create it. From the start I had B&W images in my head yet the freedom of my own creative brief means that after a little post production I create this (alongside the pre-envisaged shots).
Bowens 500 via “Big Betty” beauty dish and grid. Approx 1 foot from subject camera left.
I’m still here folks, just totally swamped at the moment. A quick heads up for any UK based readers that if you keep the above photograph in mind next time you head into a W H Smiths (or other large newsagents) you may discover why I’ve been a little quiet around these parts of late. No need to open the magazines this time (hint hint)
28 inch beauty dish via Bowens 500 very slightly off centre front and above. White reflector below.
A couple from a full day in the studio shooting four beauty looks Thembi and myself wanted to try.
It’s always fun to see how one girl can look so different from the moment she walks through that door in the morning to the shots we get.
This one I posted a teaser of a week back, so if you want to see how much reworking I do have a scroll back through the posts and compare . . . . .
I really really adore this photograph, I usually find myself with a feeling of almost disappointment when I show my final images, probably mainly due to my own very high expectations of myself. Sure I like what I create but I don’t LOVE it. From this shoot I think I’m closer to love.
“Whomever I’m photographing, I sort of fall in love with, or rather my camera falls in love with them. It could be a boy or a girl, because it’s all a fantasy. It’s fiction. […] I feel like there is a sense that you really have to love someone to photograph them. Not in an intimate sense, but I have to fall in love with someone with my camera to make really good pictures of them. It’s almost like I get hypnotized watching them.”
This is the third time Yazi and I have shot together and again another enjoyably relaxed time. Honestly it’s more like a walk around York with a good friend interspersed with the odd photograph than a full on photoshoot. Happy times, and only two mild interuptions this time but sadly no old man audibly melting in his car at seeing Miss Y.