A few months ago I shot a headshot session with a young actor. Usually this entails a couple of t shirt changes for variety but it is essentially a head and shoulders session. Harriet, however had brought a few outfits to have full length shots done too. She came prepared. She meant business. How could I refuse? So, we tagged a cheeky half an hour onto the end of the session and went out into the alleyway behind my studio.
Well. I’m no model talent scout but Harriet looked amazing. A born model. She has a beautiful face and a wonderfully understated energy which is a joy to capture. She was so easy to photograph and we ended up having a whale of a time. So glad we went with the flow and shot some pics. I loved it and have subsequently shot some more models on location. Great fun.
I’ve decided to offer this kind of additional session as an add on to my headshot sessions – check out the prices list on my website.
Harriet is registered with The Big Talent Agency at time of blog going out.
So I did my first jewellery commission a couple of weeks ago. I had about two weeks from idea to the shoot. I used Model Mayhem to find my fantastic model, Violet Noir. A friend suggested the wonderful make up artist Aimee Preece and together we embarked on an experiment in deepest darkest Roath, in Cardiff, one sunny Sunday afternoon.
I took my inspiration from the name of the jewellery itself. It’s Baah Design and my starting point was a sheep. Yep. A sheep. I wanted to create Sheepgirl. Unfortunately the massive white afro wig I ordered didn’t turn up, tut, so I had to dash into town at the last minute on a search for a golden fleece (white afro) which wasn’t going to cost an arm and a leg. I found such a wig here whose helpful assistant advised me that the modest clown wig fluffs up a treat which, to be fair, it did.
We spent the afternoon playing around with the jewellery and with another idea – festival girl. The jewellery had to stand out but competition was tough as it was up against Violet Noir and Aimee’s fantastic make up.
Still, we did it. We had a fantastic time – all chucking in ideas and bringing expertise to the proceedings. Very collaborative, Can’t wait to do it again.
I’m thrilled with the results. Here are some of my favourites from the day. Enjoy.
So I’ve come to photography a little left field – just how I like it, in actual fact. I’ve spent the last twenty years working as an actor so it made sense to me to start with actors’ headshots – portfolio shots vital to every jobbing actor. I love doing them. It all feels very familiar to me.
I’m actually really glad I came to it a little late – and I’ll tell you for why. There is quite a lot of advice out there, on the internet for example, but the sheer volume of advice can be a little daunting. It can all be very technical, and whilst it’s vitally important to hone one’s skills, (after all, without them, there is no consistency, no reliability in your work) it can also seem a little dry, lacking in creativity. I suppose with age comes the confidence to champion the “give it a whirl” and “do it your own way” schools of thought.
I’m always up for a good dose of experimentation and just going with the flow. I feel that creativity needs to stick its tongue out at convention and say “I hear ya, but I’m doing it my way”. Easier to say that with your tongue back in though.
Check out this fabulous image which was posted on Facebook.
It flies in the face of many the rules of composition out there but I think it’s stunning. Just have a play and see what works. The world is our oyster, people.
So I’ve been thinking about my style. Photographers talk about this a lot. It’s important to have a style and it makes perfect sense to have one. My lovely clients want to know what the pics will look like, or at least, have a sense of the way they will turn out.
So here’s the rub. It’s hard to say. I like to meet you lovely clients, chat and quickly get to grips with who you are as people. I want to capture the essence of you and your loved ones, be that the love, the fun, the care, or a mixture of all these things. I guess my overriding ideal and wish is to capture natural, honest moments and give them a little dusting of zhoozh* before handing them back to you in print.
My session with Evelyn, for example, had a whole different feel to the sibling shoot with Caroline’s lovely brood.
* to “zhoozh” means to push up with flair.
So my style then. Well, it’s a little bit of me and a lot of you.
Well, here it is. And here I am. Blogging. My very first blog. Welcome.
A new year begins and it always feels to me like a wonderfully optimistic time. A time to start new ventures, try new things… stop eating chocolate. Funny really because it’s hibernation time for the rest of the animal kingdom. Anyhow, here’s my new venture. I know, I know – people have been successfully blogging for yonks. Still, better late than never.
A very talented writer friend of mine, who shall remain nameless has suggested that I write something on how I feel about photography . So here goes: It’s a people thing. I love them. I love little interactions between people, and to have those moments caught in time and popped on some lovely fine art paper seems just gorgeous to me. It’s about treasuring each other. Treasuring life. And if I can do it in a proficient and beautiful way, then all the better. There.
On that note, I thought I’d begin with one of my favourite snaps, and it really is a snap, of the Christmas break.
I like to call it “Missed.”
Thanks for stopping by and see you very soon. x