The Concept: After the completion of my coffee table book Chloe Jasmine Whichello I embarked on a journey to create a genre of photography that celebrates the beauty, soul and character of women. After a few experimental shoots I realised the importance of the degree of intimacy required. Fine art nudes rarely have eye contact and celebrate form but not personality. Chloe suggested to Blaise, my PA that I shoot Raphealla for this project and she was spot on. Raphealla was amazing, she totally understood the mood I wanted to create and we all had fun making these photographs.
The Workshop: Femme Fatale™ is limited to just 5 delegates and myself and we have the run of the house. I styled, directed and lit each set up from scratch using minimal kit for the majority of the day. We use continuous light balanced with the ambient to allow everyone to shoot simultaneously. We all swap places every so often to explore different angles and when the sound of shutters subside I move on to create another set up. By 4pm we had lost the daylight so from then on I switched to a tungsten balanced set up and showed how to integrate up to three lights with the room lights to make striking interior portraits. A lavish lunch was provided by the team at Maunsel. It was a full on day of shooting and by 5.30 we were all exhausted and exhilarated. It’s a great feeling to have.
Model: Raphealla Mcnamara
Makeup: Vicky Waghorn
Camera Kit: Canon 5Dmk2, 21mm Zeiss, 50mm f/1.2 Canon, 100mm f/2.8L macro Canon, Fujifilm X100.
Lighting Kit: Lupo 1200, Chimera Small softbox with grid, Lupo 800, Arri 300 Junior, Arri 150.
Post Production: These pictures have just been through Lightroom with no Photoshop used at all because I love a real skin texture. Who knows, maybe in ten years time the social and fashion shots of the early digital era will seem ridiculous with their smoothed skin plastic wrapped look. Food for thought perhaps.
I have decided to run one more Femme Fatale™ workshop on 7th February at Maunsel House. It will be our last workshop at this fabulous house as their hire rate is set to double from then on. I hope to take this workshop to Chicago and Munich in the new year too. If you happen to know of an old manor house or other venue that I can run workshops at please do get in touch email@example.com
Please feel free to comment on these pictures.