Portrait Practice

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I am excited to have some more portrait work to do over the next few weeks.

These are my first preliminary shots for Mike. Looking back, I quite like the full face look, and I’m intrigued to take more like it. It’s not exactly the most technically demanding or original thing to do, but then again it is very interesting to observe the difference that a shadow, a flash of light, a change of expression can bring. And the story in a persons face always intrigues me, I love to see it there.

It might be interesting to record the other faces in my life in this way.

As I have said before, I just love to work with natural light. Possibly this is because I have done more of it so far, and so this is where I am most comfortable, but I think I will always have a love for it. Every shot I take I learn something new about light!

I will also be taking some photographs for my friends Katie and Paul over the next few weeks, and their lively family of geese, ducks, dogs and cats. I will be attempting to capture them all, which should be a fun challenge!

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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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Form

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Experiences over the past few weeks have reminded me that the body is a simply a carrier of the soul, each must be nurtured, without each we are nothing. All that we are can be gone in an instant. Each breath is precious.

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