For ages Darryn has been wanting me to do shots of him and since I have no shots of guys in my portfolio I thought why not. Anyway eventually we both managed to find some time when we were both free to do a shoot.
The shoot was a laugh, as it was always going to be with Darryn, he’s not exactly camera shy. Also did some shots of Darryn with his friend Robyn and Gemma, which I’m sure I will upload later when I get around to working on them.
I’m quite pleased with what I have achieved with these shots. Think I’m happier with the monochrome shots than the ones in colour that I did. Wasn’t my best idea to get Darryn to wear a white shirt when we were shooting against a white background, oh well lesson learned.
I had the chance to work with Claire Cameron again about a week ago. She was the first model that I had the privilege to work with when I first took my photography more professional and started doing portrait work.
This was the first time that we’d worked in the studio together as we’ve always done on location shoots before. So it was an interesting new dimension. We focused more on her music for this shoot, creating more music promo styled shots. Which I have to say I’m very pleased with.
I did my first “baby” shoot the other week, one of my work friends wanted some photos of their new baby son (James John Clifton-Sprigg) who is only a few months old.I thought it would be a good opportunity to add something different to my portfolio.
Baby photography can be difficult because it really is about capturing the moment, you rarely get a second chances to retake a shot with very young children. I was very lucky that James was so good he pretty much just posed and didn’t seem too fussed about the camera flashing away at him.
I managed to get some nice indoor shots of him, but also did some outside with his parents to get a few good family shots.
After the last shoot that I did with Mairi it wasn’t hard to persuade her to get back in to the studio to do another shoot.
We worked on some high key shots this time round and played around with different lighting styles. Got some pretty funky shots to add to my portfolio.
This was my first shoot with model Philippa, my aim was for a more fashion styled shoot on this occasion.
I feel that the shoot went well although it had been a very long day as I had another shoot that morning with a different model before Philippa. The earlier shoot did not go to plan as the model did not turn up, but another model that I have worked with recently stepped in at the last minute to save the day. So all in all I have a productive day in the studio.
One thing that I have learned, never again am I doing two model shoots in the same day, especially without any help. As it was very tiring, it was fun but was glad to get home. Then realising you have twice as many photos to look over, and trying to finish within the same timescale for both models. Thank god the first model wasn’t in a rush for her shots that’s all I can say. I definitely need to plan my time more realistically if I’m to do multiple shoots in one day.
I had the opportunity last week to work with Lisa, a model that I met through Purestorm, which is a modelling website for models and photographers alike.
This was one of Lisa’s first modelling shoots, for being new to modelling she was a delight to work with. She was very relaxed, easy going and professional. Working with new models can always be daunting for both the model and the photographer as you don’t know how the other works. The shoot was very enjoyable and went like clockwork.
For awhile my friend Mairi had agreed to do a shoot with me. Eventually we got around to getting into the studio.It was a cool shoot, Mairi brought her own punky edge to this photoshoot, which I knew that she would.
I had a shoot with alt model Kittie Corpse the other day. She’s one of the few alternative models based in the north-east. Was excited that she wanted to work with me as I love alternative art styles and the whole gothic style. The shoot was cut short unfortunately due to Kittie being ill. So it wasn’t the best shoot that I’ve ever done. Didn’t get to try half the ideas I had for the shoot, but I’m happy with what I achieved in a limited time, with very few shots.
There is definitely a need for more alternative models in the north-east. The scene has become more popular in recent years but there a still very few alt models here. The alt scene itself seems to boost then die up here, its never constant. Which is a shame.
For any University student their graduation day is a celebration for years of hard work finally paying off. Last month was my girlfriend Nikki’s graduation so how could I not do her graduation photos.
I was so proud of her, watching her go up on the stage to receive her certificate. All her hard work paying off and getting recognised for it.
Although it was November we got really good weather on the day so we did some photos outside City Hall where the ceremony took place and we also did some shots in the nearby Peace Gardens.
I had the opportunity to work with Claire.C again, the first model that I had worked with. Since our first shoot had went so well and she had seen other shoots that I had done since working with her last she wanted to do a second shoot with me.Think we planned things a bit more for this shoot, so wasn’t as go with the flow as our first shoot had been. We had a bit more of a plan what we wanted to achieve. We had decided on doing a Indian theme (as in Cowboys and Indians).
Claire picked the location for the shoot, Dunottar woods, she could not have picked a better location if she had tried. As it was ideal for the theme we had picked. Plus it’s just an awesome location, I never knew it existed and definitely want to do another shoot there sometime with a model but also some nature shots.
Thankfully we got great weather again for the outdoor shoot. We did two costume changes one more casual before doing the Indian themed shots.
It was another great shoot, and as always Claire makes her shoot so effortless and we got some amazing shots though I do say so myself.
I had my first proper model shoot on Wednesday with Claire, I was so nervous. Partly because it was my first model shoot, but also because I had never met Claire before. I’m not the best when it comes to meeting new people.I had looked at Claire’s website before we worked together when we were arranging her shoot. She seemed really professional, which on the one hand was great, but on the other it made me worry that she would be too professional for someone just starting out like myself. That she would think that my photography was not good enough. Anyway I had decided that we would do an outdoor shoot, that way it was relaxed for both of us. We had both decided that we would do the shoot at the Duthie Park as it was easy to get to and would provide us with some interesting backdrops for the shoot.
I should not have worried at all, she was one of the most down-to-earth people that I have ever met. She made my first model shoot seem so effortless. She was very professional but very friendly at the same time. She came prepared with a few outfit changes which made it easy to try different styles. Although I didn’t have to give much direction she was willing to listen to my ideas as well as in put her own.
Luckily we got good weather on the day for an outdoor shoot. One beauty of the Duthie Park is that its so big and so many different features it made coming up with new ideas for shots and styles easy. We also made use of the indoor winter gardens as well. We managed to achieve a few different styles that worked quite well together.
For my very first model shoot I have to say that it went very well, though I do say so myself. I am very pleased with the shots that I got from it, they will add nicely to my portfolio. If I ever doubted myself that I could do this, then this is the proof that I can make my photography work and that it is appreciated by other people and not just myself.
I definitely would like to work with Claire again sometime on future shoots. Hopefully this is the start of many portrait shoots to come.