I popped into the studio with my youngest daughter Megan, as she wanted an image of herself included on my website. Tried a couple of different setups. First setup was an Octabox high up and feathered across her, with a stripbox providing fill light from the other side. Shot on a grey seamless background.
Second setup was a single stripbox very close in on Megan to the right, feathering across her face, and angled so that some light falls onto the background. Just used the modelling bulb of the flash to light the subject.
I prefer the second image for its intimacy and stillness. Shot at f2.8 to throw out of focus the rear shoulder and jacket. A great setup for a classic portrait without any fuss and drama.
I put out a last minute call for a model to help me with a test shoot to try out some new lighting setups in the studio. Shoot was scheduled for a Monday so I knew the chances of getting a model arranged was pretty slim, but Melissa came to my rescue and was a star !
I have never worked with Melissa before, but she was a true professional and we managed to create a set of great images for both our portfolios. And it means I have additional lighting setups in my arsenal, tried and tested and ready to use in the studio.
I did a shoot with Hannah a while back at Superfly in Leicester. It was the first time Hannah had got in front of a camera for anything more than family snaps, so we took our time and experimented with poses to see what happened.
The photo below is one of my favourites from the shoot. Originally I left this in colour, but revisiting this image recently I tried a conversion to black and white using a custom process, and I really prefer it this way.
I have shot Hannah a couple of times since, and each time she is becoming more and more confident.
I recently completed a commercial shoot in Leicester for e-Learning, a charity setup to help people develop a range of skills through the use of information technology.
Vall is over 80 years old and a successful businessman in Leicester. Vall just recently decided to see what all this computer stuff is all about and set about learning as much as he could through eLearning. Vall has used his newly gained knowledge to research and document his family history and now eLearning are using Vall’s experiences with eLearning to showcase the fantastic work that is done there.
Vall certainly know how to smile and was very patient while we setup many shots. Here’s to the next 80 years !