I don’t normally blog about particular shoots I do, because I try and keep my blogs useful and the internet is full of pretty pictures afterall. However, firstly I’m just so pleased with how this came out, and secondly it is kind of useful to talk about what happened.
This shoot was LONG in the planning. I’d had an idea to do something around autumn in the forest, something that used a fashion look with a sort of Shakespearian twist. I’d identified some great autumn colour in local woodlands, gone on extensive recces, planned the whole thing shot by shot, got my models lined up and…..
Well of course it rained! This is the UK in November afterall. As my models were lined up and ready to go, and they are busy people and getting another day would have been virtually impossible – I had to make ‘lemonade’ so to speak, and move the whole thing indoors.
Now I don’t have a studio. I have the box room at home that is full of cupboards, musical instruments and bookcases and which most of the time is the room I use to dry laundry in. It’s just about 2 metres wide, but really it’s 1.3 metres wide because of the furniture on the walls. Despite this my lovely husband has fitted a rail at one end so I can hang a back cloth and the walls are white and there’s a nice big window that lets in plenty of light.
Of course I couldn’t shoot the planned shots, many of which relied heavily on wide aspects taking in the landscape and picking up the colours. Making the models look small against the wide wilderness, a sense of getting lost and finding something unexpected. Instead I decided to pick up on another idea I’ve been playing with, traditional portraits with aspects of fantasy. I had to keep the images quite tight due to the space restrictions and the fact that my backdrop was neither wide enough nor long enough (it’s just a bit of brown velvet fabric I originally bought for doing still life). However, that meant I could focus more on implementing some of the lighting and posing tips from my last class with Hannah Couzens and on getting the technique just right.
I’m really pleased with how these images came out, they are a lot more intimate than the shots I originally planned, and my mother and daughter models love the connection they capture by being shot in such close quarters. It really helps when you have beautiful friends you can call on to model and next year I reckon we’ll try again for the outdoor shots with the story I had planned, but maybe earlier in October when the weather might hold for us!
Thank you so much Nic and Annabelle and Juliette who once again shone with the flower crowns.