Sweet Solitude

Louise at Carberry’s Cafe, located on Wensum Street in Norwich, kindly let myself and a creative team use her upstairs room for our latest fashion editorial. The idea behind the shoot was to incorporate Beth Poulter’s eye for mature styling with a rustic, characterful setting full of wooden textures. We used blush pink and pastel blue in the styling and make-up to bring the whole look together. 

We had a small dilemma on the day of the shoot. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the make-up artist booked in for the shoot was unable to make it. It was a shame that they could not make the shoot as it would have been lovely to work with them, but some times situations like this happen. Luckily Jessy stepped in to take care of the make-up and did a fantastic job. We were looking for a natural look with hints of pink on the eyes and lips. We asked the model to not brush her hair that day so it was messy and full of texture. 

Model Katie - represented by Crumb Agency - really brought the feel of the shoot to life. I directed her to look bored and uninterested, as though she was hanging around this room waiting for someone. I also like the people I photograph to look strong and to control the scene. I think she does this effortlessly by keeping the focus on her regardless of the composition. 

When composing the images, I really wanted to get a feel for the space. The room was full of round, wooden tables and chairs, which I wanted to be visible in every shot. It gives the impression of the room being crowded by objects whilst noting that Katie is in the room by herself. I tried to position an object in between myself and Katie to give the photos an interesting sense of depth. If an object was not in the foreground, I would ask Katie to point her legs or arms towards me. 

There were multiple objects in the room which I wanted Katie to interact with or use to add interest to the shot. Although the table and chairs help to get a feel for the cafe space, I didn’t want to overuse poses or compositions with them. I used different areas of the room and different set ups to tell more of a story and give further clues to the location. My favourite object was the wooden piano. I didn’t want to overuse this object so tried to make each pose and composition as varied as I could. We also discovered a Marshall amp in the corner of the room which we HAD to use. This is actually one of my favourite shots from the series.

I wanted to make the most of the floor to ceiling windows which was the main source of light for this photo shoot. Once Beth had styled Katie in the final outfit, I tried to take some backlit photos of Katie by the window. However the view out the window didn’t suit the rest of the shoot and I didn’t like the balance between the light and shadows. Instead, I asked Katie to lean against the window and turn to one side. I then stood inline with her, with the light falling on her from the left. These photos gave me serious chills. The light was so dreamy and romantic, Katie looked stunning and the reflection of her face in the window is so intriguing. Perfection! 

I feel so blessed that I get to meet and work with such lovely, talented people. I’m very grateful that Louise let us use her cafe for the backdrop for these photos. The location was perfect for the look of the shoot. I love it when a plan comes together!

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Featured In Bring Me Magazine

Good news, everyone! I have been featured in Bring Me Magazine for my editorial series “Sunset Street”. Woohoo! Click HERE to buy your copy!!

The photos that have been featured were taken back in September on a gorgeous sunny evening. We took the photos between 6pm-8pm just as the sun was setting and becoming more and more dewy. Gorgeousness! The sun as inspiration, we used gorgeous warm tones to set the mood for the shoot. 

My amaaazing team really helped to bring the shoot to life. Chloe, who I have worked with multiple times, brings so much energy and creativity to her modelling. She makes taking photos lots of fun, we are always cracking each other up and coming up with ideas together that help to push the shoot forward. Beth Atkins is such a fantastic make-up artist. I love her passion for using cruelty-free products whilst being able to create breathtaking make-up looks. Beth Poulter is a fabulous stylist who goes above and beyond to create eye catching and unique outfit combinations. Her styling was sooooo perfect for the look of the shoot and suited the location really well. 

We took the photos at The Enterprise Centre at the UEA. The modern, neutral background helped to really make the styling stand out against it. It was a perfect contrast. I started shooting with the sun falling on the opposite side of the building so that the light on Chloe was soft and dewy. However as the sun started to fall ever so slowly, we moved round to the back of the building so that the photos did not become too dark (trying not to whack up the ISO). The light leaving the sun was becoming softer and softer. The helped to keep the lighting on Chloe really natural and flattering, rather than the sun casting dramatic shadows upon her. 

If you get a chance, please take a look at the magazine, it would mean a lot to all of us involved in this shoot. If you’re looking to work on an editorial project, please drop me a message. I would absolutely love to hear your ideas.

My Crops Won’t Grow. Take Me To The Moon.

My goal as a photographer is to make the person I photograph feel confident and happy. I want my photos to show their inner strength come through. When I receive feedback from my clients telling me they felt great, pretty, cool or even bad ass after having their picture taken makes me feel really happy. Making my clients happy is key to what I do. I also believe strongly in making others happy, whether it be someone I know or a stranger, spreading the love is a priority for me. For instance, I will often tell a stranger if I like their outfit or pluck up conversation where I can. If a stranger has a dog I will definitely stop to chat with them and give the dog all my love and attention because dogs are amaaaaazzzinng!

However, for someone who strives to make others happy I often neglect myself. I am so hard on myself and sometimes feel really low because of it. I think that being hard on myself can be a positive and a negative thing. In some cases I have found that being hard on myself has pushed me to keep trying, striving for perfection and being tenacious. Although I do think that the negatives are far stronger, and I come away feeling anxious or lacking in confidence.  It feels like I’m wasting valuable energy on thoughts that don’t matter, don’t make sense and don’t help me to grow and develop. I’m fed up of feeling that way and I want to make a change.

I want to push any negative thoughts out of my head whenever they creep in. My goal is to swap the negative thoughts with positive ones by thinking about all the things I am happy and grateful for. I want to take the time to look after myself by pampering and taking care of my body. Before Christmas, my best friends got together and we had a pamper night whilst watching Muppets Christmas Carol (such a good film). It was soooo relaxing and fun to be chilling out with my favourite girls. We meet up as often as we can, but I definitely would love to see them more as I feel so happy when we are all together. 

I am at my happiest when I am holding my camera (and when I’m snuggled up with Aaron eating pizza and watching a movie) and I want to make the most of this. I think photography can be my cure to banishing negativity. I plan to start the Self Portrait Project, where I take self portraits once a month to experiment with photography and work on my self confidence. It is always to good to work on personal projects and I am very keen to share this one with you. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on whether you’ve struggled with negative thoughts and what you have done to overcome them. 

I think we could all do with some self love now and again.