My First Portraiture Shoot

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I had a busy time last week taking photographs for my friend and fellow musician Rowan.

Rowan is a fantastic singer and I wanted to try and take some photographs for her that she could use both promotionally and personally.

I have been practising for the past few months using natural light indoors, so that I could work without studio lighting or expensive kit. (I posted about that here.) Rowan was amused to discover that I had been practising for her shoot with figs, gooseberries and teddy bears!

I was aiming with these to capture several different moods, making use of different looks and angles of available light. Here is a selection of each.

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If I was trying to create a series to run together I wouldn’t have experimented so much with different effects, but as these shots will all work for separate situations I felt free to work quite experimentally. With time, I would probably start to work a little more creatively with ideas, but as it was a first try we aimed to keep it fairly simple.

I wanted to enhance Rowan’s natural beauty but not create something unreal, so I have kept editing to a minimum. This was quite a challenge for a first attempt but I am quite pleased with the results and am excited to continue learning.

I have in my possession the most beautiful track of Rowan’s..but I am not allowed to share it yet..! As soon as she has it recorded officially though I will do, as her voice is a beauty to be heard..

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My Favourite Things – Roses

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I thought I would do a little series on some of my favourite things, and attempt to capture them all in natural light. So, here is No.1 – a homegrown Rose.

Throughout the Summer, you will often find me with my nose in a rose. I will lean into gardens, through fences and gates, leap across plants in garden centres, just to get my fix of their amazing scent. I love how every single one is different. I love how water hides in their petals after the rain (Raindrops on Roses..must find some Whiskers on Kittens..!) I love their air of nostalgia, their timelessness, a sense of elegance that I will never achieve.

I don’t know the name of this rose – so I will call it…Romantic Blush..! (feel free to be sick)

 This photograph encompasses a few more favourites too – the bookshelf on which these flowers sit was found under an enormous pile of rotting wood and leaves on my allotment, and the vase was found in a great collection of glassware in a charity shop – I love to make new from the old!

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Happy Summer!

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