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Model Photography Manchester – Portfolio Build up

 

Model Photography Manchester – Portfolio Build up

One of my friends was in the middle of expanding her portfolio and was after adding a few new images to add to it. She asked me if I was interested in shooting her, As I hadn’t done a model shoot for quite a bit I jumped at the chance.

Nat came up with the idea that she wanted a shoot with her car, As cars are a big passion of hers and as she owned a Subaru impreza this would be the perfect car to use for the shoot. Next was for the location as another photographer James Lu from Birmingham was jumping in on the shoot and was visting friends in Manchester we decided that Manchester would be a good spot as I know Manchester best out of the three of us I took it upon myself to find a location I turned up at the meeting spot half hour early and had a scout round the surrounding areas and found a few nice sports for the shoot I had in mind within the Trafford park area .

With the location now sorted I met Nat and James and showed them to the final location. My lenses of choice for the day was going to be mostly my Nikon 50mm f1.8 and my Sigma 18-70mm F2.8 which would be bolted to my Nikon d7100. In addition to this I decided I would use a bit of off camera flash (SB700) to add that bit of special something to the images but used mostly as a fill light.

We went through the shoot changing poses and locations around the carpark the area was different with each wall offering a different backdrop be it the corrugated metal of a warehouse wall or a red brick wall topped in barbed wire these all added to different looks for the images. This also gave quite an industrial/urban feel to the images which tied in well with Nat’s choice of clothing.

I continued to shoot for the hour getting some great images in camera which made me excited to get back to the computer and edit the pictures from the evenings shoot. If I was to do the shoot again I would probably want to choose the time of day so I had more light to play with through the windows to add more of a lighter feel to the pictures but apart from that I felt the whole photo shoot was a success.

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    Portrait Photography Manchester – Sam with Tattitude

    Portrait Photography Manchester –  Sam with Tattitude

    This was an old friend that I had shot in the past you might recognise her form some of my other shoots like the Ladies of the manor, abandoned building and the destroy the dress shoot. Sam was wanting to rebuild her portfolio and was after adding a few new images to add to it. She asked me for a quotation for a shoot knowing I had now started a business in photography. I quoted her my ‘Fun’ package which is £30 for I hour photo shoot 30 watermarked images on a disk.

    Sam came up with the idea that she wanted a ‘suicide girl’ type shoot which fits her appearance of the alternative model look, with the tattoos and funky hair. Now all we needed was a location. Sam works for a tattoo parlour Tattitude so after agreeing with her boss we used the tattoo parlour for the shoot which was to be Tattitude in Manchester which is a well presented penthouse shop unit making it the perfect place for Sam’s shoot as the décor was very urban and modern.

    I started by setting up the two off camera flashes using a soft box for one Speedlight and the other used as a fill light bounced off the ceiling. The shop was quite dark with it being in the city and late in the day so Speedlight’s were a definite in this scenario. My lenses of choice for the day was my sigma 18-70mm f2.8 and Nikon 35mm f1.8 which would be bolted to my Nikon d7100 due to the low f Stop and the room not being big enough to warrant the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 while using a flash.

    We went through the shoot changing poses and locations with in the room as the room had lots of props and places to sit making it a really good place to shoot. The red brick also gave quite an industrial/urban feel to the images which tied in well with Sam’s tattoos and choice of clothing.

    I continued to shoot for the hour getting some great images in camera which made me excited to get back to the computer and edit the pictures from the days shoot. If I was to do the shoot again I would probably want to choose the time of day so I had more light to play with through the windows to add more of a lighter feel to the pictures but apart from that I felt the whole photo shoot was a success.

    If you would like the idea of the fun package shoot please see here for more details on pricing and time covered within the price.

     

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      Special Offer Photography Package – 30 images for £30

       

      Special Offer Photography Package  – 30 images for £30

      Want something simple?

      If the answer is yes then this is the photography package for you. It would consist of a 1 hour photo shoot for any genre of photography portrait, couples or automotive at the location of your choice be it in your own home, park or any other of your favourite surroundings.

      I will work with yourself to create the shoot you desire for the low price all documented with 30 watermarked images which is works out at just £1 per image so grab this offer now as it won’t last forever.

      should you want to know more about this special deal feel free to drop me a line and i can discuss it further.

      should you want to see more images from other photo shoots these can be found in my portfolio

       

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        Portrait Photography Burnley – Subaru Girl

         

        Portrait Photography Burnley – Subaru Girl

        One of my friends was wanting to rebuild her portfolio and was after adding a few new images to add to it. She asked me if I was interested in shooting her, As I hadn’t done a model shoot in quite a few months I jumped at the chance.

        Nat came up with the idea that she wanted a shoot with her car, As cars are a big passion of hers and as she owned a Subaru impreza this would be the perfect car to use for the shoot. Next was for the location a friend of mine had recently opened up a garage for bikes known as the bike doctor along with sharing a garage with another business (mobi-mech) with thie garage being local I asked if I could use this for a shoot in which they both agreed.

        With the location model and car all arranged i could now plan the shoot. My lenses of choice for the day was going to be mostly my Nikon 50mm f1.8 which would be bolted to my Nikon d200 due to the low f Stop this would help me get pictures in the low light due to Nikon d200 not being the best camera for the low light scenario and this was pre d7100 days for myself.

        We went through the shoot changing poses and locations with in the garage and around the car as the garage had lots of tools/props all the makings for a really good place to shoot. The garage also gave quite an industrial/urban feel to the images which tied in well with Nat’s choice of clothing.

        I continued to shoot for the hour getting some great images in camera which made me excited to get back to the computer and edit the pictures from the evenings shoot. If I was to do the shoot again I would probably want to choose the time of day so I had more light to play with through the windows to add more of a lighter feel to the pictures but apart from that I felt the whole photo shoot was a success.

         

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          Portrait photography – Zombies

          Portrait photography – Zombies

          Well time for something a bit different, for me especially. I had recently purchased a Nikon 3100 DSLR and it had a HD video feature on it one of my photography friends Matthew savage asked me if I would like to come along on a video shoot he was doing

          Thinking nothing of it I agreed and jumped in the car and drove over. When I got to his house I was greeted by a group of students all covered in ripped cloths and makeup thinking even for a Saturday morning in Accrington this wasn’t the norm, so I asked more about the shoot which turned out that Matthew was shooting a Zombie style video for his college work and wanted me to help shoot some of the film, which then explained the people in makeup and ripped cloths so everything now made sense to me.

          The location for the shoot was to be held at the old abandoned power station in Hapton which is derelict and full of graffiti which all would help to the post-apocalyptic zombie style surroundings Matthew was looking for.

          As the day continued and the storey of the zombies unfolded every so often I would stop and grab the odd picture switching the camera from video to picture I have to say the experience of the day was great as it gave me something to my portfolio most people wouldn’t and gave me a chance to through a darker spin on my editing skills adding really dark vignette and grain to add to the dingy effect of the shoot through the pictures.

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            Portrait Photography Burnley – Ladies of the Manor

            Portrait Photography Burnley – Ladies of the Manor

            Another location shoot this time it was with more than one model although they were to be shot separately the idea was to go to Burnley and shoot in the grounds of Townley hall an old stately home. This is open to the public through the week for people to walk round.

            We set up everything in the long gallery.  This being quite dark I knew a flash would be required to get the images we wanted. It wasn’t to dark as there was some light which came from the windows which were scattered down one side of the Gallery. I Decided we would first use one of the windows as to get my first images getting Sam to pose in the window sill while I shot away giving quite a bright look to the images.

            At this point I decided it was time to use some of the darkness of the room and got same to stand and pose in the middle of the gallery only to be lit by the one off camera flash I had. As Sam continued to pose I noticed the floor was quite polished so decided that if I stood further away from sam by getting her whole body in shot I would get some of her reflection/shadow on the floor just giving that extra edge to the pictures.

            The time came to change room and moved onto the stairs leaving the gallery. This area was quite ornate and well lit which gave a good chance for photos. I started by shooting with Carly and tried the theme of the lady of the manor house for quite a posh look. As we had a teapot and a cup and saucer prop with us which we added to the shot to give a more lady of the manor feel about the pictures.
            Next came to shoot in this area and decided to move further down the stairs to get another set of images. I decided to stand further down and get a different approach to the image by being lower than Sam it makes the pictures more  overpowering.
            I then moved to the kitchen as the kitchen had a nice big Stately Stone fire place with the old iron Fire place decorations. I decided I hadn’t used carley much on the shoots so grabbed a few images of her here with her teapot.

            The day was coming to a close and sun had set due to it being in the winter months I thought about tracking back upto the gallery. I was interested to see how different the gallery looked with the less light and how this would affect the shoot. The whole aura of the place had changed making it a bit more sinister so decided to capture some images here with Sam and Carly again. I was then going to see how different the feel of the pictures from this time of day would be compared to the ones at the start of the day.

            Overall the day was a great day for learning new techniques and practicing the ones I had. I got to grips with posing models and playing with the off camera light. I like to say a big thank you for Sam and Carly for modelling and hope we can work together in the future

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              Portrait Photography Clitheroe – If You Go Down To The Woods Today

               

               

              Portrait Photography Clitheroe – If You Go Down To The Woods Today

              Well this was my first ever model shoot back in 2011 and was my first experience with working with other people when carrying out photography work. It all started when a fellow photographer Shauna (flair photography) asked if I would like to shoot with her as she knew I hadn’t done any model photography and was something I would like to look at.

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              I arranged with her to go on a shoot the location was to be the blue lagoon in Chavley. This is a nice picturesque area with as you guessed it a lagoon and when the sun hits it right looks blue in colour. The lagoon is also surrounded by woodland areas giving us a chance to shoot in multiple areas getting different types of shots.

              Portrait photography Clitheroe

              On the day I met Shauna and set off up to Chavley along with another photographer Matthew (Mathew savage photography) which both would talk me through the techniques and camera settings to carry out a model shoot. All I had on the day was my trusty Nikon d200 and my kit lens. However Shauna and Mathew being more experienced photographers had their cameras along with a reflector disk and sb600 which I also borrowed and gave me chance to use on the day.

              We started off down at the lagoon taking shots of Shauna in front of the lagoon and also fished out an old retro yellow TV out of the lagoon no doubt some drunken teenagers had left but hey it gave us a prop for the shoot so couldn’t complain much. Armed with just the camera and Shauna’s sister holding the reflector disk we started to shoot using the reflector disk to bounce light onto Shauna’s face.DSC_6706-2

              After this we moved into the woodland areas the woodland is quite thick in places so lighting was a bit more dark so the flash needed to be brought out. We placed the flash on a stand and pointed the flash into the white umbrella to cast soft light onto the subject in this case was Shauna we a started to get nice images with using the flash making it so the background was nice and black but the flash keeping Shauna well lit as seen in the image.

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              Next we decide to use the flash and reflector disk but with a golden reflector on the disk as you can see from the image  we bounced the available sunlight in forest off the gold reflector into Mally’s (Shauna’s sisters and model for this periods) face giving a nice golden glow but also keeping quite a dark eerie image due to the unlit forest background.

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              Overall the day was a good day I learnt loads as Mathew and Shauna were great helps breaking me into what has become one of my favourite elements of photography. I have continued to shoot with Matthew and Shauna and have a nice working relationship and still go on shoots today with them learning new techniques.

               

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