I was fortunate enough to shoot a little while back a group of fun, outgoing people brought together by their love of all things 1902’s. Paired up with a friend of mine (Barbara) in my humble little home studio, we planned the shoot with the usual intel gathering exercise to stimulate the creative process and consider lighting approach. I couldn’t help but once again gravitate towards dramatic, dark and moody lighting. Ironically our 20’s crew was anything but. Definitely one of the most patient, easy going and relaxed people I had photographed in a while. This made for a great shoot, lots of laughter and a relaxed atmosphere.
This shot is titled ‘The Wife’ and indeed Shirley and Tom featured in this image are husband and wife. In this shot and the series of images of both Shirley and Tom together, I wanted Shirley to be the more prominent and stronger figure of the two. This introduced a degree of challenge considering the very obvious differences in physique between Tom and Shirley. Light came to the rescue and so begun the dance of trying to establish a lighting setup that would isolate and draw the focus on Shirley. I would of liked less spill on Tom’s head, the area around his ear, and in hindsight I could of played with a tighter and more directed placement of Shirley’s light to perhaps try and minimise this. Ah the beauty of hindsight right?.
A big thank you to my lovely fellow photographer friend Barbara who suggested the shoot and invited me to join her. You can check out some of Barbara’s fab work here www.barbaraseager.com.
So as we race towards Xmas I will be squeezing in one more shoot before settling down to photograph the laughter and smiles of the festive season. I have been busy planning and researching my next shoot which is such an enjoyable and crucial part of my process. On this occasion I have asked a very good gal pal of mine to come along and lend her talented stylist flair to help construct and reinforce a bold and colour drenched concept.
Our destination is Kurnell National Park, specifically one of the picturesque seaside locations. Late afternoon shoot working with available light first before stepping into small flash to amp up the ambient colour.
It’s gonna be a hoot! Stay tuned.