A mix of boudoir, beauty and vintage portraits

Here is a mix of the shots I took during a couple of recent 1:1 training sessions. My clients flew in for the sessions. One couple came from Slovakia and they stayed at a cottage we found in the Mendip hills and the other couple stayed in the Clifton apartment we had arranged for them. Blaise and Laura are dab hands at putting together shoot training packages for individuals and small groups of photographers. Email Blaise for more information or see this page for prices.

1. My trusty Zorky 5 camera made for the Russian market serves as a great prop.

01. My Russian made Zorky 5 film camera serves as a great prop. Claire was lit here with reflected window light.

Camera: I used my trusty Fujifilm X-T1 with 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses
Lighting: Lupolux LED 1000 and an LED 650 with Scattrergels and a Lupolux Quadlight with grid
Model: Claire R from Gingersnap model agency
Make up and hair on the vintage set: Vicki Waghorn

Here are 50 shot or so from my training sessions. NSFW after the jump…

02. We started the session by taking control of window light.

02. We started the session by taking control of the window light and shifting exposures in manual mode. [The Fuji X-T1 in manual mode with the exposure preview option switched on is a joy to use. You see what you are going to get on the screen before you press the button. This feature alone has greatly speeded up my shooting since the old days of SLR photography.]

03. With the curtains closed I showed how to light with a single Lupolux LED 650 03. With the curtains closed I showed how to light with a single Lupolux LED 650

03. With the curtains closed I showed how to light Claire and the kitchen scene with a single Lupolux LED 650 and a Scattergel. I placed the toast rack and fresh flowers to create beautiful shadows. With continuous light you can see what you are doing in real time without the need for test exposures and all that faff.

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04. When I’m compiling albums for clients I always shoot plenty of details. They add to the mix and allow for interesting page layouts.

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05. These bed shots we taken using natural light in the cottage. I often have to change the shape of windows in a room to create my look. I do it by clipping fabric pieces to the curtain tracks.

06. I added a single Lupolux LED 1000 to give a sunlit look.

06. I then added a single Lupolux LED 1000 with a Scattergel to give the bedroom a sunlit look. This is a trademark Lovegrove look and one I always get asked for by my clients. Being able to shoot sunlit interiors when it’s raining outside is a must for location portrait and commercial photographers.

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07. Just one Lupolux LED 650 with a Scattergel was perfect for this movie inspired set up at the bottom of the stairs.

08. For a Hollywood glamour look I always use crisp hard light and a had backlight too.

08. For a Hollywood glamour look I always use a crisp hard key light and a hard back light too. These shots had a Lupolux LED 1000 as the key light and a Lupolux LED 650 as the back light. The Fuji X-T1 with it’s tilting screen is perfect for high and low angle shots without resorting to standing on chairs or kneeling down.

09. This dress was supplied by Molly Mishy May and is fabulously slinky

09. This dress was supplied by Molly Mishy May and is fabulously slinky. The post production has been given a curves tweak in Lightroom to create the look. I’ll be releasing my curves presets for Lightroom very soon.

10. These shots were lit with a single Lupolux Quadlight and grid.

10. These shots were lit with a single Lupolux Quadlight and grid. Controlling contrast is the key to working with one light and making photographs that will print well.

11. Window light from behind can be carefully controlled once you know how to give punchy shots thar reveal shapes with

11. Window light from behind can be fabulous to use once you know how to get punchy shots that reveal shape and maintain delicate tonal separation.

12. The Fuji X-T1 delivers delightful colour straight from the camera. I have set up my default profile to be the STD Provia setting in Adobe Lightroom.

12. The Fuji X-T1 delivers delightful colour straight from the camera. I have set up my default camera profile to be the STD Provia setting in Adobe Lightroom. These shots were lit with the Lupolux Quadlight.

13. The underbust corset was made by Lisa Keating

13. The underbust corset on the left was made by Lisa Keating. I used the window light here to reveal curves and lines.

14. I lit this set with the Lupolux Quadlight. We just used a bit of plain wall as a background.

14. I lit this set with the Lupolux Quadlight. We just used a bit of plain wall as a background.

15. I love to direct and work with whoever I'm shooting. I pay special attention to arms and hands before directing the mood or emotion.

15. I love to direct and work with whoever I’m shooting. I pay special attention to arms and hands before directing the mood or emotion. A big part of a training session with me is learning how to direct a model or a client. The confidence gained through understanding how to direct someone is definitely a career changer.

16. I teach low key photography which is so useful for boudoir and pregnancy photography.

16. Low key photography set ups with the Lupolux Quadlight are so useful for boudoir and pregnancy photography. Getting the pose angles is absolutely straightforward as what you see is what you get. Focussing with continuous lights is so much faster and more accurate than trying to use modelling lights on flash heads.

17. There is always time for art on a Lovegrove 1:1 session.

17. There is always time for a bit of art on a Lovegrove 1:1 session.

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18. Claire is such a star. All Lovegrove models, like Claire are patient and kind. We are well served by the Gingersnap model agency in Bristol and we also have our own directory of models to choose from.

My bespoke photography training sessions for up to 4 photographers are available throughout the year. You get to choose from a wide variety of locations from boutique hotels, cottages, waterfront apartments, the Lovegrove studio or perhaps a venue near you. You can choose the genre, even mix the genres on the day. Then select your choice of model and lighting kit. Blaise and Laura make the whole process easy. Call them today on 01275 853204 or email Blaise.

Please feel free to comment on these pictures or ask questions below. I always reply to questions and comments left on my blog. Sometimes it takes me a couple of weeks until I have a break in my shooting schedule but I’ll reply. If you want a faster response in 140 characters or less contact me on Twitter.

 

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About Damien

Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC, working on programmes such as the Clothes Show, Top of the Pops and Casualty. Fifteen years on, Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in our industry. A published writer and regular columnist, Damien has travelled the globe sharing his knowledge and expertise. “Photography fascinates me” declares Damien. "Much of my photography is inspired by a burning enthusiasm within me” explains Damien. “Picking up a camera gives me such a rush that I’m instantly driven to create pictures.”

2 thoughts on “A mix of boudoir, beauty and vintage portraits

  1. Thanks Invogue,

    Light is exciting. The great thing about light is it travels in straight lines so we can control it.

    Damien.

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