London art shoot ~ Three girls through my lens

Oct 31, 2010 | Continuous Lighting, News | 33 comments

From left to right Kayt, Matilda and Chloe-Jasmine. The shoot was principally of Kayt who had kindly agreed to 'sit' for me but the other girls wanted a piece of the action too. Here are the pictures..

1. From left to right: Kayt Webster-Brown, Matilda Svensson and Chloe-Jasmine Whichello. The shoot was principally of Kayt and Chloe-Jasmine who had both kindly agreed to ‘sit’ for me and I invited Matilda to join us. Here is a selection of our pictures.

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Kayt by the light of a Lupo 1200 dimmed to minimum power.

2. Kayt by the light of a Lupo 1200 dimmed to minimum power.

Make up for this test session was by Inma Azorin from Bristol. She met my brief exactly and made the girls look fantastic. The Mayfair locations were kindly provided by mr Haddi Levi – Thank you.

3. I used the simplest of lighting from a Lupo fresnel HMI to capture strength, vulnerability and beauty.

3. I used the simplest of lighting from a Lupo fresnel HMI to capture strength, vulnerability and beauty.

4. I shot in monochrome in camera and decided to process in colour.

4. I shot in monochrome in camera and decided to process in colour.

5. The simplest of settings and one light.

5. The simplest of settings and one light.

6. Beauty decoded into lines, shapes, and angles.

6. Beauty decoded into lines, shapes, and angles.

7. I'm in love with the close up image. The power to isolate, to reveal every nuance of detail.

7. I’m in love with close up images captured on my 100mm lens. The power to isolate, to reveal every nuance of detail. The textures of skin, the softness of vellus hair, even the aroma of skin – well nearly.

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9. Window light from a west facing elevation on an overcast day.

9. Window light from a west facing elevation on an overcast day.

10. Calm enigmatic expression. With a view right into Kayt's soul.

10. A calm enigmatic expression. With a view right into Kayt’s soul.

Chloe was next. Chloe and I have a chemistry that is hard to describe. It is nearly imposable to remove from the equation so I rely on Chloe's natural ability to act and follow my direction..

11. Chloe was next. Chloe and I have a chemistry that is hard to describe. It is nearly impossible to remove from the equation so I rely on Chloe’s natural ability to act and follow my direction.

12. Chloe is stood in a bath for this shot. The walls and light were perfect in the bathroom.

12. Chloe was standing in a bath for these shots. The walls and light were perfect in the bathroom.

13. Retro hair - 1974?

13. Retro hair – 1974?

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15. As I shoot Chloe, I explore angles and looks all the time. Every now and then a likeness emerges that stops me in my tracks.

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20. We went to an empty house over the street to capture some natural, and uncomplicated nudes.

20. We went to an empty house over the street to capture some natural, and uncomplicated nudes.

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22. I love pictures that have a narrative to decode. This shot could easily be on the cover of a novel. Intriguing.

22. I love pictures that have a narrative to decode. This shot could easily be on the cover of a novel. Intriguing.

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37. This is Matilda a Sweedish friend of Chloe's. She has never modelled before but I offered to shoot some frames for her.

37. This is Matilda, a friend of Chloe’s from Sweden who was staying at the house we were shooting in. She has never modelled before but I offered to shoot some frames for her.

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I wanted to capture some pictures that show a complex relationship between girls. It was all directed by me. Here are a few of the results.

I wanted to capture some pictures that show a complex relationship between girls. It was all directed by me and any friendships are implied. Here are a few of the results…

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Such a fun shoot for all of us.

This was such a fun shoot for all of us.

I am expecting a few of these pictures plus a some others not shown here from the same shoot to make up the first part of my second art book. The first art book project, pictures of Chloe – Jasmine is well underway with a book broker having been appointed and the layout almost complete. More news on that project to follow.

Please feel free top comment on these pictures. I know that the girls will appreciate any kind words you may want to share with them. What are your favourite pictures?

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33 Comments

  1. damien

    Defining the Genre

    Art nude portraits are often described as ones in which you admire the model not desire the model. I also think that art often has something to say, a message or the power to change a thought pattern.

    The genre of Glamour is also difficult to pigeon hole. I have a vision of glamour that utilises heavy make up, high heel shoes, a sexy stance, come and get me looks and sexual overtones. None of this appeals to me whatsoever. I think I’ve successfully avoided to shoot glamour.

    I think these images have an element of a genre called ‘Beauty’ but avoid ‘Pin Up’. They cross over with boudoir a bit but without the sexual connotation.

    My journey into art portraits is taking me to a new place and I like it. I’m probably going to shoot men next. I work like I’m back at the BBC shooting movies. I enjoy having total control of the scene. I direct each shot, the lighting and the action. 

    Damien Lovegrove

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  2. Peter Lammertzen

    Hi! Thanks for all your great images! Just wondering, are all these images shot with your 100L 2.8 IS ??

    Thanks for your inspiration!

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    • damien

      Hi Peter,
      Nearly all were taken on my 100mm the rest were shot on my 50mm f/1.2L. Thanks for your kind words, Damien.

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  3. Inma Azorin

    I had so much fun with the girls that day.
    Im so happy to see the result of a hard day of work from everyone…Just fantastic!!I love the picts.

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    • damien

      Thank you Inma. It was a full on shoot and you made the girls look great. Thanks again Damien.

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    • damien

      Ahh thanks Will.

      I’m loving this style of shooting at the moment. Cheers, Damien.

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  4. Richie Carter

    Damien –
    Very Well Done as Usual!

    I have one question:
    On photo #7 where you used your 100mm, did you use it in macro mode to get such detail?

    Richie

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    • damien

      Hi Richie,

      The 100mm focuses right down to 1:1 without any mode switch. I just go on in! Cheers, Damien.

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  5. Brian Rolfe

    Gorgeous Damien! I’ve been lucky enough to shoot Kayt a few times over the last 2 years and love the way you’ve captured her so naturally here.

    I have to say though it’s just plain greedy… C-J and Kayt on the same day you lucky boy!! Lovely shots all round!

    Brian :)

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    • damien

      Thanks Brian,

      You are right. I was just plain greedy but we had a great fun shoot. Thanks again Damien.

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  6. Rufat Abas

    Gorgeous models and perfect photographs. Hard to express my feelings. Thank you Damien and team!

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    • damien

      Thank you Rufat. I’m on an art journey at the moment and I’m keen to see where it goes. Regards, Damien.

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  7. Nikki Baxendale

    Wow these are stunning wish I was there!! One day great work both models and Damien seems you have a great team going

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  8. Vicki Waghorn

    Fantastic as usual Damien!
    #25 and #32 my favourites

    Chloe gorgeous as always! Kayt is super beautiful :)

    Well done guys xx

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  9. Ivan Packer

    Simple, but visually stunning. Wonderful images Damien.

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    • damien

      Thank you Ivan, Vicky and Nikki. It’s great to have wonderful feedback from people I admire. Damien.

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  10. Lee Holland

    Not sure about outstanding, but i have sent a few favourites.
    Any feedback would be great.

    Lee

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  11. Lee Holland

    Thank you!

    I look forward to learning from you both again soon,

    Wishing you both all the success in the world.

    Lee

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  12. Chloe-Jasmine Whichello

    Yes , Lee ! If I don’t have a smoking buddy I go moderately insane :-)

    Damien of course I would x

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  13. damien

    Lee Holland,

    Chloe loves you and I like you too :) Thanks for your kind words. I hope to see you soon on an Urban Portraits workshop day. I’ll see if I can persuade Chloe to model for us ;)

    Kindest regards, Damien.

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  14. Dean O'Brien

    All great images but number 32 for me. Amazing

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    • damien

      Thanks Dean,

      I love 32 too. It took a bit of wiggling to line up the contours just so. Cheers, Damien.

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  15. damien

    Thanks Lee and Lee :)

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  16. damien

    Chloe-Jasmine you are my guiding light in this art project and are instrumental in my new found energy and inspiration.

    Kayt you are too gorgeous for words. We were a top team on Wednesday and that shoot will never be repeated.

    Art is exciting, it is rewarding, but it takes courage and determination to make it happen.

    Thanks for everything, Damien.

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  17. Nick

    Just to add to the above comment, the first image rocks!

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    • damien

      Thanks Nick! :)

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  18. Nick

    Great shoot there Damien, now I am really looking forward to giving the Lupo 800 a test!!!

    7, 17, 22, 36 and 46 (last image) are my favorites, but then I don’t always pick the best…

    Well done to all those involved.

    Nick

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  19. Kayt

    AMAZING shoot, absolutely loved it- these images look amazing, Damien you are a true professional with a brilliant eye for beauty and natural light x

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  20. Lee Tuckett

    They look completely effortless & beautiful. The models are stunning which also helps I’m sure. Another inspiring post – thanks

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  21. Lee Holland

    Amazing! These images are truly inspirational to a novice like myself and give me goose bumps!

    I cannot thank you Damien and Chloe-Jasmine for making my day with you last Friday such a great day in my life.

    I am so pleased with my “Tree” shots Chloe i cannot stop looking at them.

    Thank you for a great day and see you for “Urban Portraits” soon Damien, you teaching methods were first class.

    Lee

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  22. Chloe-Jasmine Whichello

    Honoured to have been part of this ; Kayt looks sensational .

    You’re most certainly correct “It’s ART darling”

    :)

    C-J X

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