I can’t believe we’ve finally finished Evolve 3. What started as a group of 10 studios/ photographers soon became 7. The 7 survivors then embarked upon a fast paced business growth programme that included plenty of shoot training as well as business development days and they are now equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed. This has just been the first part of the journey that will take them into successful careers with the right application of effort on their part.
01. I Lit Chris and Sarah with an Elichrom Quadra and a Speedlight.
One Evolve 3 delegate has experienced a meteoric rise in the wedding photography echelons and I expect great things from the others too. The pictures here form half of the set we shot as a group at the Manchester Hilton last week. I was joined by Chris Hanley from Evolve 1 to teach our unique styles of speed lighting interior portraits. The delegates were in two groups and rotated between Chris and I so that they all got to shoot everything. Chris’s pictures will follow no doubt, but for now here is my set.
02. A classic Lovegrove wedding pose.
Models: Sarah Stone, Chris Moore, Jenny Brook
Hair and Make up: Jeni Morris
Dresses: Erica Stacey
Coordination: Claire Hanley
Tutors: Damien Lovegrove and Chris Hanley
03. And from another angle.
04. I used a Quadra head in a Lastolite Ezybox on the Lovegrove Avenger boom arm to light Chris. It is a fab light source.
05. Three stops over and black and white malarkey as Chris Hanley likes to call it works great for me on this shot of Sarah.
06. There's always time for a quick groom portrait on a wedding or Cherish the Dress™ shoot.
07. I love colour too. Luke edited these this week and I suggested he edited everything in colour and we actioned a monochrome set too.
08. Legs work well as compositional shapes in the design makeup of a successful shot :) Lit with the Quadra in a gridded Lastolite Eazybox.
09. Details make everything hang together.
The next 28 shots were lit with a Lupo 800 spotlight. This was a quick rig process. With the light in essentially the same position we created six or more varied set ups. Each setup delivered three or four shots. Here are just a few of my favourites.
10. Jenny basking in a slash of light from my Lupo 800 Fresnel spotlight.
11. Lighting as shot 10.
12. The Lupo was just panned around to light Jenny in this new position.
13. Lighting as shot 12.
14. A bit of fun in a can. All that is missing is a cigarette holder to go with the vintage dress and scene.
15. I couldn't decide on the framing at the time and I still can't. That's why I let Julie (my wife) select my photographs but she is in Africa at the moment hence my indecision.
16. One Lupo 800 is a versatile and powerful lighting tool. I like it bare faced although you can add frost gels to create small soft box type light source.
17. The shadow is a must in this frame.
18. Same lighting as 17.
19. Lighting the same as shot 10.
20. The Lupo 800 delivers crisp beautiful light that produces squint free beauty portraits. The light caresses faces enhancing contours and delivering a classic Hollywood look emphasising cheek bones and reinforcing jaw lines. It helps to have a subject as gorgeous as Jenny Brook.
22. Lighting is the same as shot 21.
23. The Lupo was angled down through a potted olive tree in the Hilton reception area to light Sarah.
24. One Lupo 800 and my pocket Venetian blind :)
26. Again it was a framing indecision moment between 25 and 26.
27. The Lupo spotted up onto Jenny now in a more edgy look.
28. Having fun with my 21mm Zeiss lens. It is normally locked away from temptation on a portrait shoot but I unleashed it here.
29. I love diagonals, reflections and beautiful eyes.
30. Even in a bright foyer the Lupo 800 had impact.
31. Framing indecision again.
32. Fab shoes.
35. The Lupo as a hair light.
37. One of the key Evolve training messages is 'connect with your client' Portraits with soul make the photographer.
38. Jenny has amazing eyes and the make up was fab.
I’ve exposed the Evolvers to the complete creative process. Now it’s over to them to develop their styles and products. I’m in my 28th year of professional image making. I’m still learning and it’s the greatest feeling.
Thanks go to Chris and Claire Hanley for making this Manchester event happen. I must also thank Blaise for organising me throughout the Evolve journey :)
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