Vintage Cherish The Dress 2 ~ Pictures and Techniques

Aug 20, 2010 | Flash, Location | 20 comments

These are 60 pictures from our second vintage shoot at Bury. It rained throughout the day and was uncharacteristically dark for August. Chris and I worked extra hard to make our own sun and I hope you enjoy the fruits of our labours. 30 pictures each. Mine are first :)

No vintage set is complete without a monochrome beauty shot. 100mm lens at f/2.8

dl1. No vintage set is complete without a monochrome beauty shot. 100mm lens at f/2.8

dl2. Rain is in the air but the fun had started right from the off.

dl2. Rain is in the air but the fun had started right from the off.

dl3. Chris and I have left all our shots in colour. I've shown some in my vintage colour look and kept some in natural colour

dl3. Chris and I have left all our shots in colour. I've shown some in my vintage colour look and kept some in natural colour just for comparison. In an album I'd go for natural colour or monochrome throughout. For canvases or wall art I'd go for the vintage look.

These shots were lit with a pair of Lupo HMI fresnel lights. on stands. They are 150w and 250w respectively and are mains powered.

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dl10. These shots were lit using natural light.

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dl13. I used a pair of Lupo Fresnel lights for these shots.

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dl21. I used an Arri 300 light for these frames.

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dl30. This was the last frame of the day taken just for fun and used a pair of Speedlights in Lovegrove 2 point lighting style.

I must say I’ve been a bit self indulgent with my 100mm macro lens. I can get right in there on a shoot to pick up a close up. I shot a few wides too but I’ve chosen to share quite a few beauty shots with you here.

Thirty of Chris Hanley’s shots from the day are below with the captions in his words…

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ch1. Typical first shot of a cherish session to get your client relaxed in front of camera.

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ch2. I'm pleased with this shot, especially as I had moved shelving to get it which subsequently collapsed and took forever to reassemble. Colour temperature down to 3,000K and an Arri 300 providing a slash of light with its barn doors.

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ch3. Changing my position gives me scope to add cameo images to the album collection.

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ch4. The old telephone booth and a craftily hidden lowel ID light provides fab atmospheric lighting. I love Jenny's cheekbones, they're beautiful.

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ch5 & 6 & 7. My take on a classic Marilyn picture. The whole team coming together to create these fab images. Chloe excels in her role as the iconic Monroe, Samantha and Victoria our stylists create the superb look, and Katie Hanson's dress design with Claire's arranging make this set on the stairs wonderful.

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ch8. Another Claire set up. The money shot I think Damien calls it. A great album opener. The shot sets the scene with lots of info for the viewer to absorb.

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ch9. 10. 11. 12. I gave Chloe and Charlie a scenario to act out then wandered around them with a 70-200mm and shot a collection of pictures for the album

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ch13. This is one of my favourite set ups on the station. The quirky pose makes it an editorial fave, with previous shots making front covers and blog title pages.

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ch14 and ch15 Jenny looks a million euro's in this £20 vintage inspired dress. In the right setting and with just a couple of speedlights, fantastic fashion images are easily achievable.

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ch16. Reflection Shots always delight clients. I never tell them I'm shooting one. Nearly always they don't notice, so its a nice surprise at their viewing.

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ch17 Another technique which gives clients a surprise is how to achieve shots like this in dark spaces. Get a monopod, lean against a train door, tell your client to stand still, and shoot at iso 800 1/15th sec at f2.8 Shimples ;)

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ch18. Jenny had a genuine 1940's ladies coat with her. With a single speedlight and 5,400k colour temp set, we did an impromptu Cherish the coat.

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ch19. This time two speedlights and 10,000K. I allowed a little flare to creep into the frame to create a low sun on an early autumn evening.

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ch20. We placed Jenny in the window of the train door. We place a single zoomed in speedlight about 10 foot down the platform.

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ch21. Moving into the carriages, the light levels fluctuated by stops as the sun couldn't make up its mind what to do. Chloe with her skillful slink approached the camera, expertly keeping her face in the window light.

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ch22. Stopping at the end of her catwalk in just the right place, worked the camera.

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ch25. 26. I call this type of lit scene, Caravaggio light. He's one of my favourite painters, and Chloe looks divine in this patch of light.

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ch27. 28. With 10,000K set on the white balance, we wanted to create an out of Africa type scene. The pose was a bit fiddly but Chloe and Charlie mastered it to Claires perfection who is hiding around the carriage corner.

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ch29. 30. And finally finishing off my images, a neat little trick Damien taught me. I have a small 7inch reflector which was a freebie with something. This little reflector can bounce light and fill a dark space with great light. I set up the lowel id on a stand, pointed the head to the floor, and claire held the reflector directly under the light and bounced it onto Chloe.

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Well there you have it. 60 shots from one workshop utilising every type of lighting imaginable. Chris and I have very different shooting, teaching and picture styles. This gives the delegates on the Cherish The Dress™ workshops more variety and learning opportunities.

Our expert team for the shoot:

Dress designer: Kathryn Hanson

Make Up Artist: Samantha Gardner

Hair Stylist: Victoria Cunningham from Salon 7 Hair  01772 434777

Please feel free to comment on these pictures or share your experiences of the day below.

20 Comments

  1. Ronel Caingles

    Hi Damien. Do you have a tutorial of lomo/vintage post processing? By the way I really love your photos. I keep on looking this photos as my inspiration.

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  2. david cooke

    I am dazzled by the beauty of these shots and amazed at the simplicity of the set ups, thanks guys and gals.

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    • damien

      Thanks David. Welcome comments indeed. Regards, Damien.

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  3. Jenni

    Great pictures once again Damien! Thanks for another great shoot. great working with you.

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    • damien

      Thanks Jenni,

      We had some fun and I love your pictures. Kindest regards, Damien.

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  4. Rufat Abas

    Just fabulous!!! I wish I could be there ). Enjoyed the photos and got a great portion of inspiration!

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    • damien

      Hi Rufat,

      Thank you for your kind words. I’ll be seeking out new locations for this workshop in the Spring. I hope you can join us then.

      Cheers, Damien.

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  5. Derek mc Auley

    Stunning set of shots, love the close ups of the models eyelashes showing all the detail, cracking lens.
    Great work by all involved. :-)

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  6. Chris S

    Absolutely amazing! I would cherish every single photograph. Beautiful models, settings, lighting, clothing, make-up, hair, everything!

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    • damien

      Thanks Chris and Derek,

      The lens may be special but Chloe, Jenny and the team created the perfect subjects.

      Kind regards, Damien.

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  7. Samantha Gardner

    Ohhh wow! Those beauty shots!! GORGEOUS!
    Another wonderful day seeing everyone again! Thankyou everyone involved, had a very enjoyable day :)
    xx

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    • damien

      Hi Samantha,

      I couldn’t help getting in close. Your work shines through this set of pictures. Thanks for your hard work,

      Damien x

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  8. Victoria Cunningham

    They are just fabulous! xxxx

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    • damien

      Thank you Victoria,

      How do you do it? You kept up with Chris and I and we are quick! Well done and thank you.

      Kind regards,

      Damien. x

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  9. Kathryn Hanson

    Another great result Damien.
    Such a fun team to work with thanks again to everyone on board.

    xxx

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    • damien

      Thank you Kathryn,

      For all your hard work and talent. Yet another great day :)

      Kindest regards,

      Damien. x

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  10. Craig

    I’ll not bother with the usual……………… “stunning images as ever Damien!”

    Wouldn’t do it justice.

    “the lens makes it, the camera just records it” although I suspect Chloe & Jenny might have played a larger part??? They are both fabulous

    ch23 is so simple yet simply stunning.

    consider me inspired….

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    • damien

      Thank you Craig,

      I’m just delighted with these images too. I fell like I’m on a roll at the moment. Chris does too and we really appreciate your comments.

      Cheers, Damien.

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  11. Chloe Jasmine Whichello

    Carlsberg don’t make Photographers…

    But if they DID they would be exactly like Damien Lovegrove!

    x

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    • damien

      Oh Chloe,

      You made me smile. We’ll get you on the front cover of Vogue. Because you are worth it!

      x Damien

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