Chloe

Chloe and I teamed up again to create another epic photo shoot together. Woo! The look of the shoot was to focus on street style, clothes that Chloe felt confident in within a dark colour scheme mixed with pops of colour. The make-up was to mirror this too, using natural make-up and a bold colour on the lips. I really love natural make-up with a bold lipstick colour to add a bit of sophistication and bad-assery to the look! Noice! I met Chloe outside of the Odeon in Norwich, and we wandered down to King Street to start shooting. 

Our first location was outside a cafe. We stopped here because the colours of the cafe tied in well with the outfit Chloe was wearing. We tried different angles and compositions to incorporate the textures and repetition of the cage on the window, and settled on the composition below as being “the one”. I wanted to pull back because in the back of my mind I was thinking about a photograph I had seen for Ian Drury’s album cover for “New Boots and Panties!!” When looking at that photo, there is certainly a story unfolding. In Chris Gabrin’s photo, I start searching the image for clues and looking in the window for further details about why they are standing there. Seeing Chloe sitting outside the cafe and looking down the road might suggest she is waiting for someone or something. I like looking into the window of the cafe in this photograph too and seeing what I can find just like the album cover.

We then wandered to the Waterfront and took some photos outside of the shutter door and round the side of the building. The Waterfront is a very interesting building with lots of character. Using this as the backdrop for the photos created cool textures and repetition. This is what gets me excited when I take a photograph. We took the photos on partly sunny evening. I had to continuously change the camera settings to ensure the sunlight did not overexpose any element of the photo, and then correct these setting for when the sun went in to make sure it was not too dark. We kept Chloe’s outfit the same for when we took photographs in front of the shutter door, and changed into the second look around the corner. The second look was a baggy Kylie Jenner T-shirt which Chloe bought from her website. Chloe loves Kylie and couldn’t wait to show it to me! Whilst we were shooting this look, Chloe’s boyfriend Glen was strolling passed so he came over to say and to see what we were up to. On photo shoots Chloe is very eager to try out new things. She is very creative and makes the whole process lots of fun. 

We then walked down to Wensum Lodge and took photos in their car park. When I look for backgrounds for my photo shoots, I don’t ever look for a large area. Instead I look for little nooks or corners with cool textures or colours. The elements must work with what the model is wearing and also suit the overall look of the shoot. For the car park photographs, Chloe wore a red flannel shirt and a black crop top. We also changed her hair to be in a top knot rather than the space buns. This change keeps the photos interesting and develops the story behind the shoot. 

Our last location for the shoot was a little further down the way. We stumbled across a huge yellow barrier in front of a temporary wooden fence. It seemed quite unusual. The crackled texture of the barrier was similar to the door we found by the Waterfront. Using this location brings the previous setting together, making the shoot coherent. Although we moved between several different areas on King Street, I wanted it to feel like we were in one smaller area. We achieved this by keeping the textures and colours similar throughout. This last location was lots of fun as Chloe came up with lots of interesting ideas, like jumping off the barrier, twirling off the barrier, walking away from it, sitting or swinging on it. She gave me such an amazing selection to pick from for the final photos. Chloe is a star!

Concluding our shoot, we were nattering away about life and sharks. All of a sudden Chloe starts panicking as she has something in her eye. She asks me to try to get the thing out of her eye because she doesn’t like touching her eyes or anything to do with eyes! I am just the same! So we were standing on the street making very loud wailing noises whilst I tried to get fluff out of her eye. It was a very dramatic way to end the shoot!

I love this photo shoot with Chloe. It was lots of fun taking the photographs of her because she is such a radiant beauty, a really interesting person and is also up for having fun and a laugh throughout. I can’t wait for our next shoot together.