Sunday, 31 May 2009

Monica, white wings and an afro.

She's miss Harris, miss Monica Harris...... (ok I realise my sense of humour is terribly aweful, but I've got a bit of a hang over and my head hurts a little). No excuse not to blog though.

So many shoots lately. My latest one with Monica was a blast. An evening shoot, so we were racing from one location to another to do as much as we could before loosing light. You gotta love a girl who brings huge white wings and big afros to your shoot. Love a bit of weirdness and creativity! We also ended up shooting on my balcony using my studio lighting to light her and had the black sky as background. Worked pretty well and was something I hadn't tried before.

One thing I really enjoyed about this shoot is that Monica is such an experienced and accomplished model, which makes it such a joy for me as a photographer. Things flow so much easier when you're working with someone who knows their poses, angles, expressions etc. She has done a lot of lingerie modeling, so I wanted to capture her from my perspective and add something new to her portfolio. I always try to capture someone's beauty with my own interpretation. So I wanted to go softer, sophisticated and sexy. Hopefully I was able to do that.

All pics on Flickr.

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Monday, 25 May 2009

Boys in the park

I'm very excited as I've just started working on my new personal photography project this year! I will post another blog about my project very soon, but for the purpose of this post just mention that it's about capturing different kind of relationships, and different kinds of sexy. As my last project it's also based on a song, this one called "Look but don't touch".

My first shoot was to capture two male models, playing with the whole gay relationship thing. I wanted to do this one last as I thought it would be the most challenging to do, however due to model availability turned out to be the first one I did! With this I wanted to go quite subtle and for the images to have more gay undertones than being direct (will play more with different aspects in some of the other shoots on this project). I also want to point out both models were straight, which is what I wanted for the shoot. Both Kristjan and Phillip were great on the day, and gave me exactly what I looking for.

Hitting Battersea park seemed like the right thing to do, so as the weather was on our side that's what we did. I love Battersea park! Not only is it my favorite place to chill on a Sunday with friends or do coffee in the park in the week, but it also provides such a diversity of locations for a photographer. A little gem for sure. Once I'm done editing the shoot, check out the pictures and keep your "location scout glasses" on :). After surviving quite a funny moment when shooting in the public toilet and someone came in to use it while we were there, we were good to go for the rest of the day.

Also first time I've shot two models at the same time (with exceptions of bands), so was very pleased with the day. Can't wait to finish editing these and look forward to my next shoot for my project!

Check out pictures from the shoot on my Flickr.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

This will be a whole lot easier to do if you don't touch yourself

Last bank holiday weekend. Photoshoot with Emanuel Lundgren. Swedish model with blonde hair (obviously), great sense of humor and knows how to pose. We also had the lovely Frid as assistant for the day and Angela Deviatova to do the make-up. Good times.

I didn't really have any plans for the weekend so decided to shoot, as I needed to expand my male images still on my port. So wanted a bit more fashion and had a few ideas I wanted to try out. I love working with models who are creative, and as soon as I started throwing some of my crazy ideas at Emanuel, he starting adding his own creativity and we had a lot of fun. A bit of editing to get final results, but hopefully we'll get something that works. Just started editing so we'll see what comes out!

Why is it that everyone tease me for my kick scooter?! I got so much stick for it sitting in my hallway during the day, however when it came to shooting outside, guess who wanted to bring it with so we could include it in an image?! (And this after laughing quite loud at how ridiculous I would look at it). And also guess who actually picked one of the scooter pictures for me to edit?! Yes. Don't laugh at my kick scooter peeps haha.

After having to disappoint Emanuel as I didn't have a baby (or a dog) to include in the shoot, we hit the park for some outdoor images. Trying to keep him from going over to a couple with a baby to ask if we could borrow they're precious little one for a couple of shoots, I had to point out that it looked like a screamer. We settled for trying another idea including multiple versions of Emanuel instead (which is where I pointed out that the retouching would be a lot easier if he didn't have body contact with himself). We'll see how the final result turn out, but always enjoy a shoot where I work with a fun team for the day.

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Monday, 4 May 2009

How do you find inspiration as a photographer?

Some of the reasons I got into photography is because it stimulates my creativity, as well as it gives me an opportunity to capture beauty or an interesting moment. I love images that draws you into them and tells a story and you wonder what happens next. I love expressions!

So I try to do this as much as possible in my own photos. One of my sources for inspiration is to look at other photographers and images. There are so many great photographers with great ideas and ability to capture beauty to take inspiration from. With the internet revolution the last few years it makes it even easier to see what else is out there and get inspiration to keep growing yourself. I tend to use Flickr a lot to browse, favoriting images I like and photographers I want to connect with. (Images in this post are not mine, but that I have found an inspiration).

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I tend to take pictures of people as I really enjoy capturing someone's personality, and it helps create a story in a picture. As I keep shooting I've discovered I'm most comfortable with portraits, but try to keep remembering to bring in the environment where it makes sense and can add to a picture.

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I really love networking with other photographers to get their view on what inspires them and drives them to keep shooting, coming up with new ideas and what makes them tick as a photographer. Everyone has their own way of working and idea behind what they are doing. For me it still makes me feel like a kid at Christmas when I come up with a new idea and get a team involved in executing it and you see the final images.

For those that have been reading my blog or following my Flickr stream for a while, you'll know I did a project called "Losing You" last year. This year I have a new project! Also based on a song as last time, this one called "Look but don't touch". This will have a much more high energy and sexy vibe, and I'm so excited to get going on it! First shoot next weekend!