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.
I love taking photographs of couples. It’s so much fun! I get to hang out with two people who love and adore each other, get to know them and have a laugh together. Alex and Binks were no exception. As soon as I got my camera out they were ready for cuddles, making each other laugh and smile, and generally having a bloody good time together.
We met at their apartment and wandered from there towards the Riverside Walk. We stopped several times along the way to take some pictures. I directed them with how I’d like them to stand or which direction they should face, but allowed them to chat, play games and interact with each other. This created some really natural looking shots without it looking too forced. This also allowed me to capture the little moments between shots, like a forehead kiss or small gesture between the two. This makes it super easy and comfortable for couples who might not be used to having their picture taken. It’s a far more relaxing and fun experience.
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