01. A simple reveal frame of Victoria lit with a pair of DayLED continuous spotlights by Lupolux. I powered the lights with lithium battery inverters that will run the lights on full power for well over three hours between charges.
The creative process needs feeding with opportunity, effort and reward. I have occasionally experienced my soul being sucked out of me by a repetition of work and a lack of discovery. That’s the nature of teaching I suppose. It can become a process of giving that soon becomes stale if it is not refreshed. That’s one reason my workshop titles and genres are always evolving. I need a constant feeling of journey, regular discovery and creative saw sharpening.
Every now and then I take part in test shoots with my previous Evolve delegates. These sessions have become legendary for the banter and friendship as well as the creative refueling process. We all need to step outside our comfort zone and embrace the scary ‘different’. I am so lucky to have trained and become friends with my Evolvers. Several of them have now developed their photographic style and businesses beyond the boundaries of my initial aspirations. These are exciting times for me and a sence of pride is an inevitable and welcome emotion.
Here are a selection of my pictures from the day…
02. Continuous Fresnel lensed spotlights used by the motion picture industry give a very filmic look.
Location: A mansion in Gloucestershire
Model: Victoria C from Gingersnap
Make up and styling: Victoria C
Catering: The local pub
Lighting: Lupolux DayLed 1000 and Lupolux Dayled 650 spotlights powered by Lovegrove lithium powered pure sine wave inverters
Camera kit: Fujifilm X-Pro1, with 18mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4 and 60mm f/2.4 lenses
Post production: Adobe Lightroom, and a splash of Photoshop on the odd image
03. The subtlety of tones produced by the Fujifilm X-Pro1 are wonderful to work with. Handling contrast in images is very important for me so I concentrated my efforts on fine setting the lighting balance.
04. I further explored the characteristics of my Fuji prime lenses. It doesn't take me long to get to know the field of view of a prime lens but the perspective is all about the camera position. Here I used the floor boards as lead in lines and set the camera position at table top height.
05. A bit of smoke injects fun into the shoot.
07. How low can you go? I explored exposure options with a backlit Victoria.
08. This is my normal style
09. This image is a harmony of beautiful light, a beautiful subject and a collective passion for excellence. I love it when portraiture is abstracted like this.
10. Sumptuous in every way. I love the lines of Victoria's shoulder and neck, the wave of her hair, the softness of her lips and the clarity of her eyes. Taken with the Fujifilm 60mm lens. This is one of the best optics I've ever owned.
11. Lit with a Lupolux DayLED 650 powered from an inverter.
13. The old kitchen at the mansion.
14. Lit with the DayLED 1000.
15. The ceilings that are plastered are fabulous.
17. Victoria being simply stylish. We were blessed with such a wonderful coming together of light, vision and talent.
22. Our location has the wow factor.
26. The staircases are quite a feature.
27. The Lupolux spotlights are bright enough to select a shutter speed to freeze action.
28. A bit of magic water reflector in the bathroom. The bath is carved from one block of solid stone.
30. Lit with a bounced Lupolux spotlight.
32. Victoria is sitting in the bath and the animal heads are the bath fillers. Simply gorgeous carving.
33. The last shot of the day. Lit with a Lupolux DayLED 1000 spotlight inverter powered with smoke to add some drama.
Many thanks must go to Victoria for being fabulous and not for complaining about the chilly interior of our mansion. Thank you to my partners on this journey of discovery, Brett Symes and Marc Godfree. Many of their ideas and influences are present in this set of pictures.
I am available to photograph bridal and fashion collections. I can easily shoot ten outfits in a day as I work fast and with finesse. I am driven by a passion for beautiful imagery and supported by a dedicated team. My commercial photography site is here. Please feel free to comment on these shots.