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This Black Swan workshop was day two of my Passion Photography Experience event at Pipwell Hall. After a very successful Film Noir shoot a home cooked dinner together and a night of rest it was time for my delegates to become immersed in a styled art nude workshop. I used continuous lighting from Lupolux and Arri to light Raphaella. I shot all these frames on my Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the 18-55mm zoom lens and I fitted a Tiffen 1/4 Black Pro Mist filter to calm down the digital edge of the files. NSFW after the jump.

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Shoot Essentials:

Makeup and hair: Claudia Lucia Spoto
Styling: Raphaella McNamara, Lisa Keating and Damien Lovegrove
Location: Pipwell Hall, Northamptonshire
Camera kit: Fujifilm X-Pro1 with 18-55mm OIS f/2.8-4 zoom lens.
Filters: Tiffen Black Pro Mist ¼ on all pictures.
Lights: Arri 150 and Arri 300 junior spotlights. A Lowel iD battery light with lithium power supply. Lupolux DayLED 650 and 1000 spotlights. Lupolux HMI 800 and 1200 Spotlights.

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This event was intended as a one off. However if you would like to join me on a Black Swan workshop in another location please email Laura. If we have enough interest I’ll add another date. Please feel free to comment below :)

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24 Responses

  1. Cheryl

    These are breathtaking.

    Please, please add the Black Swan workshop to the Chicago tour!

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  2. Maarten Quaadvliwt

    Hi Damien,

    What a beautiful series! I really love the light, the pure and elegant expression of the model. Really wonderful work from the team!

    Maarten

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  3. Kevin Cull

    These are fabulous images, what I love is that they are so classy, and flatter the model as well as the eye! I have fallen for my Fuji X100, would you recommend a Tiffen 1/4 pro mist for those files or does it favour the X-pro more?

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    • damien

      Hi Kevin,

      I think the Tiffen in a 49mm filter thread would give a fabulous look to interiors and ‘soft light’ exteriors shot on the X100 and X100s. We do them in 49mm too:) It’s an optical thing so the camera and sensor combination is largely irrelevant.

      Thanks for your continued support.

      Kind regards, Damien.

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    • damien

      Thanks Rob.
      This was a very special one off shoot.

      Thanks for your kind comments and continued support. Damien :)

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    • damien

      Thank you Alison. It’s tough to get a balance but with Raphaella it all comes together nicely.

      Kindest regards,

      Damien.

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  4. Steinar Knai

    I love the general atmosphere and the quality of the images, but I believe the posing could sometimes be a little softer; I don’t think you should see the ribs of the model. Also, on a couple of the pictures I would have been closer to the model. This being said, I love the style and would like to try the filter. Hope to participate on a shoot soon!! When are you doing a wedding shoot in France?

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    • damien

      Hi Steinar,

      Thanks for your comments. I’ve taught in France before but my experience has been that the French audience don’t want to listen to an English speaking photographer without translation. So I work in the other European countries that welcome me as I am. Translation halves the pace of the day and leaves everyone a little frustrated.

      Kind regards,

      Damien.

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Damien Lovegrove is a world renowned portrait photographer specialising in making women look fabulous. “I’m inspired by beauty and as I have matured as a photographer I’ve learned to see beauty in just about everyone and everywhere. It’s not what I look at that matters to me, it is what I see. I love people and I suppose women in particular. I love their mannerisms, fashion, style and beauty."

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