I feel such an empowering feeling of accomplishment when I see my pictures featured somewhere. I am over the moon that I am able to work with such wonderful creatives on really fun projects. When it all comes together and I see the pictures featured in magazines or online webtorials, I’m so immensely proud of what everyone has put into the project. I worked with some ultra cool people for my most recent feature “Colour Cafe” starring the gorgeous Amy Beven. I teamed up with Rebecca Morello who created a dramatic yet elegant make-up look and Olivia Kali who put together wonderful vibrant outfits, with fab textures and detailing.
For this series we shot it at North, a lovely cafe that the owner Ella generously let us use for the shoot. The overall look of the shoot was inspired by the use of bright colours matched with darker colours. North was perfect, filled with vivid colours and quirky interior to play about with. We were all feeling pretty excited about the space and how we could use it for the shoot.
When taking the photos, I wanted to make sure there was variation between each shot. I have to admit I am quite a sucker for a head shot, so I made sure to pull back often so that the focus could be on the clothing and location, whilst not taking the attention away from Amy.
When editing the photos I wanted to make the most of the vibrant colours, without making it too garish. I deepened the shadows, making the colours appear richer whilst bringing up the vibrance a smidge to make the colours really pop.
We were fortunate enough to have the photos selected for Modellen Land Magazine, a fantastic magazine filled to the brim with gorgeous fashion, portrait and fine art photography. It felt like such an honour for the images to be selected. I am sooooo grateful to the ladies who worked so hard for this shoot, without you it would not have been possible. You’re all so amazing and talented, and you transformed a normal Sunday morning into a jam-packed creative one. Thank you <3
I love going for walks. It’s one of my favourite things to do. It’s really nice to take it easy, taking in the surroundings and be able to refresh my thoughts. I sometimes feel like I get my best inspiration from walking. I have to grab my phone or a pen and paper as soon as I can to jot down my notes. Going for a stroll, I like to look around at the scenery and nature, seeing the way light falls upon objects and taking note of the interesting textures, lines and shapes that are forming.
When taking the most recent set of photos of blogger and make-up artist Beth, I took her to a little area near my house. We stopped on long road lined with garages, sheds, fences and gardens. It has a really cool laid back feel to it, which worked well with the look we were going for. I’ve used this location on multiple photo shoots and managed to use different areas along the road each time. I love symmetry (very much inspired by Wes Anderson) and we used this by having Beth standing in the centre of the road, with all the lines leading towards her. We also took some photos with a metal gate in the background. The lines on the gate were used to mirror the leading lines from the previous shots. After taking many, many photos, we wandered back to mine so Beth could do a quick outfit change. I say quick, but we ended up chatting away about life and Christmas, and such. It’s nice to have a good ol’ natter! ;)
Heading out again, we wanted to find a similar location. A built up residential spot with lots of cool textures and lines. Walking through aisles of terraced houses, we stumbled across a little pebbled alley way. Down the alleyway was lots of over grown plants, draping over the fences and pouring into the street. We were pretty excited about finding this location. It goes to show it really helps to just wander around. Although I knew about the previous location we shot at, I had no idea this really cool location was just a couple of roads down! It was such a fluke that we found it seeing there was so many other terraced streets we could have opted for. We tried to make the most of the street, taking photos in front of, beside and pretty much emerging from all of the plants!
I love finding locations like this. It’s so exciting to have lots of different options to play with. I especially like the deep, rich colours of the plants contrasting the soft, muted tones of the street. I can highly recommend going for walks just to find locations. Just walk as much as you can. Some golden locations are well hidden and are such a gem to come across!
My starting point for this shoot was Darcy’s gorgeous red hair. A very good place to start. I wanted to keep the styling very simple, going for a Teen Vogue inspired make-up look created by Sarah. I opted for a complimentary clash in colour with the use of a bright raspberry pink dress, paired with a pale blue denim jacket. The denim jacket helped to tone down the pink and to separate the pink tones from the red tones in her hair. At this point we had three colours to focus on; pink, red and blue.
We took the photos in a park filled with willow trees and covered walkways. The sun was hiding behind some grey clouds, creating a neutral, soft light. Perfect for photo shoots! When taking the photos, I would ask Darcy to stand a slight distance from the trees so I could keep the background softer and the attention on her. By taking the photos in the park it added brown and green to our colour palette.
When editing the colours in Lightroom, I was undecided about transforming the green tones to look more autumnal to go with the reds and pinks. I must have been staring at the colours for way too long, tweaking the Hue, Saturation and Luminance sliders constantly umming and ahhing about whether I liked it. Then it struck me. The reason why I didn’t like the autumnal tones was because it looked too heavy. It wasn’t feeling very Teen Vogue like I hoped for. After a quick google search, I had my head back in the game. I found this series of images, and adored the bluer tones of the grass and plants. I reset the green and yellow sliders, opting for bluer tones. I think this helps to separate Darcy from the background and ties in nicely with her blue denim jacket. I also made the colours richer and vibrant to jazz it up and make the images pop!
My advise is to always keep inspiration images or a mood board nearby. You can refer to this while you’re editing and keep the series of images concise. It is great to experiment with Lightroom and Photoshop to see what affects or tones you can create, always play around with the settings and see what you can come up with.