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.
You may have stumbled across this blog post as your are currently looking for your wedding photographer. Am I right? Welcome! I thought I would write this blog post for you to describe my personal style and what you will receive when you choose me as your wedding photographer.
I offer two packages for my clients; a full day package and a mini package. For the full day package, I will be with you from the beginning of your day up till your first dance. During this time I will capture your day in a reportage style along with a handful of formal and couples photographs. For the mini package I will be there during the ceremony and formal photographs. My style is non-obtrusive, fly on the wall reportage with a fun and creative flair throughout. For those who do not feel comfortable in front of the camera, you have nothing to worry about. We are going to have a great time together!
Full Day Package
Bridal prep - First Dance
Minimum of 400 images on a USB
5 8x10 prints
Engagement session - 10 photographs via email.
Ceremony - Formal Photos
Minimum of 100 images on a USB.
2 8x10 prints
Engagement session - 6 photographs via email
Before your big day, we can meet for wedding consultations (posh way of saying let’s meet up!). This can be in person in your favourite cafe, over Skype, on the phone or by messages and email. Whatever works for you. I’d love to hear all about you as a couple and your wedding plans. You will be able to put a face to the name, get to know each other better so it won’t feel like a stranger is wandering around your venue on the day! Each wedding package comes with an engagement portrait session which can be taken at a location of your choice. We can go for a walk or hang out at your favourite place. The options are endless!
I’d love to hear from you! Send me a message with you and your partners names, how you met, how you got engaged, plans for your wedding, or anything you like! I look forward to hearing from you. I am here when you’re ready. <3
I met up with Arleya on an overcast Thursday afternoon. Perfect weather for soft lighting. However the skies looked threatening but we were lucky to not get caught in any rain. Phew! We met by the Mischief pub and wandered from there to our first location. On the way we were discussing how we’d like to the shoot to look. I expressed how I really love the main figure in my photos to look strong and fierce. Arleya very sweetly replied “Okay I’ll try”. Arleya was phenomenal, posing effortlessly and often in very strange ways to make really interesting and unique photos.
We wanted to focus on geometric elements within the shoot. I was looking for lines, repetition and triangles to make the composition look cool. Monochrome was the word for the day, using only black and white in the styling and dramatic deep red lips for a pop of colour. My favourite colour! And certainly my favourite colour combination.
I walk passed the building we used for the first location almost every day and I’ve been itching to use it as a back drop for a shoot. It felt exciting being able to use it, as every time I see it I imagine new ways of incorporating it into photos. It was better than I thought it could be! I made sure to use the stairs, the texture of the walls and repetition of the wooden elements. I am so grateful that Arleya was so eager and creative with using the space too. It gave the building character, she didn’t overshadow it nor the building her. In fact they worked together, like it was a place she was familiar with.
We then moved on to our next location. It was really nice chatting with Arleya and discovering she is training to be a tattoo artist, as well as having other passions, she is certainly ambitious and hardworking. I really admire her. We got to the next location and Arleya got changed into the second outfit. She brought a bag full of black and white clothing so we could see what worked the best. We couldn’t stop cracking up at the first option we went for. There was too much bagginess going on and matching it with the trainers was a bizarre choice. It must have been strange for anyone overhearing immense laughter coming from the ladies toilets! We decided to rethink the outfit and go for a black crop top, white trousers and black boots. Arleya looked awesome!
We found a floor to ceiling tiled window which was perfect for the geometric look. The light coming in was still really soft, but added a bit more contrast to throw in to the mix. I grabbed my prism to create a bit of distortion. Admittedly I was looking for clean lines throughout the shoot, but I really wanted to bring a little more depth into the shot. The rainbow light was gorgeous and made the photos feel softer and more feminine.
Going up to the top of the building was great as there was a lot of industrial elements which created lead in lines continuing the look of the shoot. The area featured white and grey, perfectly complimenting the monochrome styling. We tried several different poses and compositions to make sure we made the most of the location.
It was a really great photo shoot to be a part of. I am now feeling very excited for upcoming projects. I feel refreshed and like I have a direction of where I’d like to continue taking my work. Since this shoot, I went to see the film Atomic Blonde. It was a good film, although there are certainly sequences I would cut out as it started to feel slow and unconnected to the rest of the film. What I loved about it was the fantastic compositions, colouring and styling. The film certainly looked stylish and I went away feeling really inspired. I have lots of exciting ideas for future projects. Please get in touch if you would like to be a part of the fun!