Here is a small selection of the recent pictures taken by me on my workshops or 1:1 sessions. I’ve been so busy shooting for clients this summer it has been a challenge to keep up. I’ll blog some of my commissioned fashion work soon but for now here is my random choice for the week.
1. A simple four light portrait of Edyta taken from eye level in my studio to capture intimacy and beauty. Contrast can be so delicately controlled with such depth because I’m not in a white studio. The fabulous make up was created by Vicky Waghorn.
2. I lit Clair with one light and a reflector. The fine detail in the near eye is vital to the image. It is there for you if your viewing conditions are optimal.
3. The beautiful Clair Tombs on her first modelling assignment captured using 5 studio mono-blocks. My studio is equipped with 2x Elinchrom BX500Ri heads, 2x Elinchrom Style RX600 heads and an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra for contrast control and effects. Make up was once again crafted by Vicky Waghorn.
4. Jojo was lit with three lights. Smoke was from a can I bought in Maplin some years ago for under a tenner. As a photographer it is important to experiment and make your journey a creative one.
5. Jojo. I’m exploring enigmatic expressions in my portraiture at the moment – Vulnerability or strength, sadness or contentment? What do you see when you look into Jojo’s eyes in this picture? I see fabulousness and a friend.
7. Hair can be a fabulous design element. I love obscuring eyes with it. Tangles and tussles give the lived in look.
8. I lit Jojo with a super hard Lupo 800 fresnel lensed HMI spotlight through my Venetian blind. I love the curve of her jaw line, the sheen on her skin, the shapes that Jojo’s neck muscles scribe and the feather on the lighting on the left of the frame. This kind of look cannot be created with a gobo in a spotlight or a scrim with gaffa tape stripes, I’ve tried them all and I’ve settled for the real deal from blinds4u.me.uk
9. One soft, upstage key light without any fill. Reflectors can kill this kind of image.
10. I can just about shoot a full length portrait of a 6ft beauty in killer heals in my studio. You will get to see my whole set up in my forthcoming Studio Lighting DVD due out by Christmas.
12. Another frame for one of the many personal projects that I’m working on. I finding shooting for myself has become very rewarding as I explore photography ever further without the constraints of a client requirement. In order to balance this I’ve recently started taking on fashion and editorial commissions. My work can be seen at lovegrovephotography.com
13. Two lights with gridded beauty dishes was all I used for this fallen angel.
14. I lit Vicki Blatchley with a pair of Speedlights on stands just out of shot. This frame was taken at Portishead. ISO 200, 1/200th second at f/16
15. Vicki lit with a single Speedlight into a small 40cm silver umbrella in my Gemini bracket.
16. I lit Vicki Blatchley on location with a silver brolly in a Lovegrove Gemini bracket using a single Speedlight triggered with Pocket Wizard tt1 and tt5. Eyes this fabulous need framing. Obscuring the rest of Vicki adds a bit of drama to the shot. ISO 200, 1/2000th second at f/2.8
All picture editing and retouching was done in house by Luke Knight. Here’s my complete list of available photography, lighting and business workshops. Please feel free to comment on these pictures.