Kosibah ~ The 20th anniversary bridal collection photographed by Damien Lovegrove

Oct 1, 2011 | Flash, Location, Wedding | 20 comments

Designer: Yemi Osunkoya
Photographer: Damien Lovegrove
Models: Rosemary Chileshe-Ellis, Lisette Mibo, Naomi Sharpe and Olivia Wood.
Make-up: Kemi Imevbore-Uwaga
Hair: Kasia Fortuna
Tiaras/Head pieces: Claire Ogden
Photgraphy Assistant/ second shooter Adam Dunn
Venue: Room 17 at the Hempel Hotel in London

1. I went for a mixed colour temperature look throughout the set but changed the setting and lighting design to provide variety whilst mainting a style strategy.

I lit the dresses with a pair of Lupos, daylight balanced HMI fresnel spotlights, one with a full CTO and the other barefaced. I lit the room with a pair of Elinchrom BX500Ri flash heads bounced off walls with various grades of CTO gel as required fot the particular shot. It was a dark day with persistent driving rain so all the light had to be created from scratch. Here is a small selection of the 170 or so pictures submitted to Yemi my client.

2. The ‘sunlight’ was created using an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra head in a 70cm Rotalux deep dish softbox in beauty dish mode rigged on a Lowel Grand Stand outside the windows. The Quadra was  in full exposure of the driving rain and performed perfectly.

3. The Quadra comes with two batteries and we had one battery charging and one in use throughout the day. We never had a point where we were waiting on batteries even though the Quadra was working at over half power.

4. We had more than one client on the day and we were shooting hair, make up and tiarras too.

5. Kosibah dresses share this distinctive figure hugging style.

It was a pleasure and an honour to be commissioned for the bridal collection shoot. We started the rig at 9am and we were taking the first pictures by 10.30am. Adam and I managed to grab a bit of a lunch break and stumbled across some fabulous Polish Pilsner to enjoy with our sandwiches. Commercial shoots are tough, full on affairs with a team of creatives working flat out to create the look. The work rate reminded me of shooting weddings yet the opportunities to use fabulous light was amazing.

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9. Some of these images were not in the chosen set and have not been edited beyond a few tweaks in Lightroom. I’ve added them to show the story or lighting design.

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23. A change of pose and view shows off the cut of this dress.

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I am now taking commissions for fashion, editorial and beauty photography. Please contact Blaise my PA on 01275 853204. I am also looking to be represented in the UK, Europe and the US as a fashion and beauty photographer. My regular website is here. Please feel free to comment on these pictures.

20 Comments

  1. Howard Angus

    The lighting is sublime. Great dresses, models and some poses I’m tempted to steal ;-). Saving hard for the next course!!
    Thanks for sharing this shoot. Really lovely work.

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    • damien

      Thanks Howard,

      Save hard and by all means steal the poses. I look forward to seeing you on another workshop soon :)

      Kindest regards,

      Damien.

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  2. David Cooke

    Wow, gorgeous dresses beautiful models superb lighting and a great setting must all go towards some very satified clients.

    Wonderful images Damien

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    • damien

      Thank you David for your kind words. This was the first of many bridal commissions I hope.

      Regards,

      Damien.

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  3. Rosemary Chileshe-Ellis

    WOW Damien, these images are FAB!! It was a pleasure working with you, Adam, Yemi & team:) GORGEOUS images:)

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    • damien

      Thank you Rosemary :)

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  4. Tim Palmer

    Hi Damien
    what a fabulous set of images………sigh!
    Tim

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    • damien

      Thank you Tim. Stay creative :)

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  5. Brad

    Thanks Damien for sharing. Really like the light. Beautiful. Something to learn from these.

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    • damien

      Thanks Brad.

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  6. Richard Mortimer

    Great photos as always Damien. I really must use my Quadras more! Out of interest who chose the location, you or the client? I think that I would have looked at it and dismissed it as a location as being a little too boring. You have improved it dramatically though with that Quadra light and window frame shadows. It’s all about vision. Some of us have it and some of us don’t. Hope it’s something that you can teach me!

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    • damien

      Hi Richard,

      I suggested the Venue and Blaise my PA arranged for us to use it. Juylie and I have shot weddings at the Hemple many times before. I chose somewhere simple to not distract from the dresses. We didn’t want affluent, historic, old fashioned or shabby so we went for minimalist instead. It’s one up from a studio background because it has an element of reality about it.

      I’d love the opportunity to teach you how to create striking pictures from simple beginings. Thanks for your compliments, Damien.

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  7. Rob ter Bekke

    Hi Damien, these are truly excellent (as always). What do you mean with the octa in beauty dish mode?

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    • damien

      Hi Rob,

      All Rotalux softboxes have a hole that accesses thew umbrella tube holder of the head. This can be used to house the beauty dish dome and when used without the diffusers the softboxes act just like big beauty dishes :) We can supply this accessory for you.

      Thanks for your kind words, Damien.

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  8. Chris Hanley

    A masterclass on how to shoot gorgeous white dresses.
    Beautiful images.
    C

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    • damien

      Thank you Chris.

      Lupos and flash – a winning combination in this instance.

      la battaglia ha inizio in Toscana!

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  9. Jeremy Gilson

    Amazing light, great photos. I love the look you have created with the Quadra outside, another piece of kit on my wish list!

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    • damien

      Jeremy,

      Thanks for your kind words. The Quadra realloy does pack a punch. I used it at level ‘5.5’ (half power) all day and it was surprisingly robust considering the drenching it was getting. I needed to test the Quadra in adverse conditions as part of my long term appraisal of the kit. Feel free to borrow my kit at some point to test it for yourself. Cheers, Damien.

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  10. Geoff Reardon

    Damn Mr Lovegrove you’re too good! Gorgeous images, lighting, models, dresses…the works!
    Fine work as usual :)

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    • damien

      Thank you Geoff :)

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