I’m not going to leave it so long next time, I do hope to write on my blog a lot more from now on. Not just about my work but about things that are inspiring me, exhibitions, art, music etc. Maybe nobody will read it, but for the few that will, I hope you enjoy it!
Three weeks ago I got the honour of photographing Jenny and Craigs wedding and it was so so much fun! The wedding took place at the St Davids Hotel on Cardiff Bay. Such a beautiful setting, and the fact that the hotel was mostly made from glass, as a photographer it truly was a dream to photograph there rather than an extremely dark church for instance.
I met Jenny and Craig when they came for a family photoshoot at a previous studio I worked at, with their then baby girl Lilly (who is now not so much a baby but an extremely independent beautiful little two year old!)
My favourite part of the day had the be the entertainment. And by the entertainment I mean Lilly standing by the Registrars during the ceremony pointing to things outside trying to get Mum and Dad to pay attention to her rather than the “I dos”.
Everyone was very helpful which is always a big thing for me shooting weddings by myself and trying to get around 100 people into positions. It’s not always the easiest thing, especially after the champagne has been flowing! However, as you can see from the group shot further down the post, it was a success!
Thank you so much Jenny and Craig for letting me photograph your beautiful day. I’m wishing you many years of happiness as Mr and Mrs Hill!
So here it is, my first blog post!
I thought I would start talking about my work a little more online and give people an insight of my ideas. Since finishing university a year ago I have gained a lot of confidence in my ability as a photographer so I think it’s probably time!
As a lot of you may know I work in a studio in Wandsworth, South London as a photographer and am completely in LOVE with it! It has given me a whole new range of skills that I’m so grateful for. This is the main reason why I want to start talking about my work in more depth rather than just showing you all pretty pictures.
As a fashion photographer I have always been interested in black and white contrasting images. For my final major project at university I focused on linear lines and how body posing can enhance the clothing in a photograph. Black and white fashion photography has to be my favourite as it lets the eyes focus on the subject without distractions.
I get a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest. I believe its an essential part of being an artist. It’s so great to brainstorm ideas for posing, make-up, lighting, clothing etc. It’s also a lot easier to then explain what your idea is to your team. Here is the board I made for this shoot - Studio Shoot One: Cos.
Cos campaigns have played a big part in this project. The use of shadow and setting is genius. It doesn’t distract you from what they’re trying to sell because it’s just so simple. The lines from the clothing and the setting move together to make it so eye catching.
For the whole shoot I used just a single beauty dish to light the model. I wanted something harsh yet flattering to again enhance the lines and angles. I chose black clothing so there were deep, no detail blacks - just shapes. The MUA was briefed beforehand, knowing that the model’s face required strong contouring with sharp eyes and lips for easier post production.
I hadn’t worked with either the model or make-up artist before and I have to say they did amazingly. They understood exactly what I wanted from the shoot and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
I definitely haven’t reached my limit yet with this project and will be coming back to it sometime in the future.
Thanks for reading,
Model - Angelina Richie-Smith
MUA - Jennifer Kolorsplash