19th September 2016

This is the last in my series of four summer senior shoots all featuring young ladies that volunteered to model for me. The star of this show was Olivia. I decided to shoot this session at Gorleston Cliffs, it's a popular location for many family shoots, and offers a quieter area of the beautiful Gorleston Beach, along with a selection of different back drops.

Although we were lucky with the location, the weather wasn't quite as desired. There was a strong breeze blowing throughout the session, which was quite problematic when your subject has long hair! It was nothing that couldn't be worked around, including good old fashioned waiting for a lull in the wind and hiding up in sheltered spots.

The session lasted around an hour, pretty standard time frame for my location sessions, which also included talking to Olivia about her recent GCSEs and college which she had just started. From the conversation she is clearly much clever than me!!
I've been photographing in this location for a few years now, and have noticed how it's gradually changing. In my first shoots here the wooden sea defences were totally buried, with only the tops of the posts visible. These posts made great lead in lines and seats for my subjects to sit or stand on. Now the defences are almost totally revealed again, which means I can add a different slant to the photos, it's all good…well that's what I tell myself!

We did work in the shadow of the cliffs as much as possible, but the light was fading quickly, so we moved onto the cliff top to give me a bit more light to work with.
This was definitely an area I hadn't shot in before, so i was thinking on my feet. The first thought was to use the setting sun to capture a few shots with some lens flare, which we did. For those that don't know, lens flare is when you shoot with the sun light hitting the lens, the light scatters through the lens system and causes coloured spots in the image. Generally photographers try to avoid it, but it can give a creative effect, although the flare spots tend to be a bit random!!

Once those were done, I got Olivia to have a sit down on a park bench for the last set of images. Again, I'd not done anything similar before, but it gave me the opportunity to capture a few relaxed close-ups to close the shoot.

I'll be posting more for this shoot on my Facebook Page in due course. Give it a like to stay in touch and to see more of my work too.
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