Katie Jade Portfolio

Atmospheric Evening Portraits

Emelia approached me asking for some portraits as a treat to herself for her Birthday. To suit both of our schedules, we met up on Monday evening to take some atmospheric night time portraits. I’m sooo glad we did as I am really in love with the deep, rich tones and contrast between the light and dark areas of the photos. We met up at the Forum in Norwich, taking some photos outside the front as there was plenty of light leaking through the big glass windows. We then walked to Chapelfields and took some photos outside the front of the shops. 

I really enjoy shooting in dark settings, although it is a challenge, I really love how charming grain can look in an image. In my opinion it feels so raw and authentic. I think it is easy to shy away from dim lighting locations as it can be a worry that you might make the photos too grainy or the light doesn’t fall very naturally on your subject. I find this challenge exciting, a good way to make sure the light is looking on point is to ask your subject to sit or stand in a location, walk around them and seeing how the light is different as you rotate around them. Also look at what is happening behind your subject to decide whether the background is too busy or distracting. I often shoot around Norwich in the day time and seeing the contrast of these places from day time to night time is really interesting. The way light falls from a building and onto the streets is magical.

I think the photos we took together have a cool urban feel to them, which is helped by Emelia’s styling and the built up city location. I particularly like the light being behind Emelia as it helps to separate her from the backdrop, bringing her forward to keep the focus on her. We took these photos in just 45 minutes and managed to get a good variation of shots for just a small area. This is something I try to do with my blogger clients to make sure we can make most of the time we have together and fit in as many outfit change ups as possible. 

As the nights are slowly getting brighter, there will be less opportunities to take night time portraits until the autumn rolls around again (I’m sure that will come quicker than we think!). If you would like to have some evening portraits taken, please send me a message via the Contact page. I would love to hear from you.


I Took Photos Of A Mermaid

“I’ll be wearing my pink fur coat so you won’t miss me!” She wasn’t wrong. Approaching Hannah, I couldn’t miss her for her bright pink coat , purple velvet dress, shimmery fishnet tights and docs. She looked awesome. I couldn’t wait to get to know her story and take pictures of her. Hannah told me about her love for collecting records and musical theatre, as well as her passion for make-up and fashion. Hannah is passionate about creating interesting, fun and honest content on her blog, The Mermaid Life. I highly recommend you check it out. 

Hannah explained that she may need me to direct her, but honestly she needed very little direction. As soon as I put my camera up she was modelling 101! Dayum gurl! She looked so confident and at ease in front of the camera, and I think that really shows. She was amazing to work with! I love so many photos from this portrait session, I find it almost impossible to choose one favourite! 


Electric Eye

I am over the moon that IMIRAGEMagazine has published my photos of the wonderful Megan Rudling in the series titled Electric Eye. It couldn’t have been possible without the wonderful team Rebecca Morello - make-up artist - and Sophie Chittock - stylist. Between us we came up with four different looks to develop the story behind the shoot. 

The shoot was based around fairy lights and three colours, blue, purple and pink. The concept behind this shoot is connectivity. The lights represent us as humans and how we all stay connected in a digital world. We follow each other on social media with an insight into each others lives, we have an electric eye on each other. However we often forget to speak to one another or make the effort to communicate because we feel connected by simply watching. It is important for the world to become connected, digitally holding hands like fairy lights on a string. 

You can take a look at the magazine here and purchase your own copy too! I’ll be posting photos from this shoot on my Instagram so make sure you take a look, and I highly recommend following the fabulous team as very are bloody brilliant! 

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