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 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.
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.