Monday, 23 February 2009

Updated website!

I finally managed to update my website! It's been long overdue as I haven't added any pictures on the site since May last year. And anyone who are following my Flickr stream knows that I've been VERY busy with shoots since then! :)

So feel free to check it out. I've got some lovely music up as well on the front page and portrait page to entertain you whilst browsing through the pictures written by the wonderful Ben Adams specifically for this site. My "Losing You" photos are also up with music. So much to explore and see :)

Click here to visit www.cecilieharris.co.uk

Updated website!

Monday, 16 February 2009

A bit of french in my bathtub

Ok, so I didn't actually have anyone French in my bathtub, but for my latest shoot with actress Polly Brunt, we thought we'd go for a bit of a French inspired as a theme. For anyone having read my last blog, you'd know that I've recently moved to London and just settling into my new flat. This means I have yet to try out a lot of rooms and corners in my flat to see how I can use it for shoots. So for this shoot Polly thought my bathtub would do nicely (although I offered her my very professional and awesome backgrounds in my main studio!)

I find it quite interesting to shoot actresses as they tend to act their way throughout the shoot rather than just pose. Most actresses I've shot tend to create some sort of scenes in their head that helps them convey the emotion we're trying to portray in the images. It then gets quite interesting to shoot as I can give quite different directions than I normally would with singers and models. We wanted to try to create little scenes from a movie mainly in black & white, with a French sophisticated and natural beauty. Polly is such a beautiful girl, and in the bathtub shots in particular I thought she looked quite like Natalie Portman (who I've decided that if someone should ever play me in a movie that would be the actress I'd choose. Although a movie about me is probably not on the table at the moment one would think).

I wanted each of the pictures I chose from this shoot to tell it's own story, so I hope I've been able to put that through in the images. Hopefully our favorite shoot song for the day (we must have played "Freeze by Jordan Sparks" about 20 times!) helped us get into the grove and capture some good moments. I always tend to use music when I shoot, and I even have different shoot playlists pending on what sort of shoot I'm doing. Maybe it's sad, maybe it's clever, I don't know! haha

Was great to be able to shoot Polly again, as when you have shot someone before it gets even easier to get good result as you've already worked together. We had great fun, and I've already retouched the first image. More to come!

A long way from home

All photos available on my Flickr.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

New flat and lingerie

So much has happened since my last blog! So time for a little update me thinks.....

Just after Christmas I moved from Berkshire to London, so have spent the last month getting settled in my new flat. I love it! Spent Christmas in Norway with my friends and family, which was nice as well. Was nice to end the year with some downtime after a really busy year. So had a bit of a break from my photography the last couple of months, but am now back and starting to line up a great variety of shoots for this year. I have so many ideas! And living in London brings me closer to everything interesting, so can't wait to keep building my network here and meet new and creative people.

One of my first shoots here and in my new studio (/flat really if I'm being honest.... but it's perfect to do shoots in as well and fits my studio setup nicely) was with Model Sarah Beake. We had planned to shoot again for a while and yesterday we finally managed to get a date in and did my first ever lingerie shoot in a studio setting. On short notice make-up artist Elizabeth Rider joined us for the day and we had a nice little creative team. Elisabeth gave us two lovely looks, which really added to the results.

The idea for the shoot was a sexy, feminine lingerie shoot, and to be honest Sarah was the perfect girl as she's got a annoyingly beautiful look and body (the bitch... haha). We decided to shoot most of it on my bed with my new all pink bed linen which fitted perfectly with some of the lingerie she brought. It was all girly and feminine, which is what I was hoping to get from this sexy shoot. I see so many glamour or lingerie pictures shot from a male perspective, and I wanted to capture a similar setting from a female perspective and what I found sexy as a woman rather than what guys find sexy. So my aim was the the pictures would be appealing to both men and women. You be the judge of what you think :)

As I've just moved in I haven't got any curtains yet, so in the afternoon we noticed my neighbours getting increasingly curious as to what exactly was going on in my flat! ha! quite entertaining.....

Girl in pink