Portrait Blog - July 2015

06th July 2015

Last Autumn I did a family shoot out near Herringfleet, which featured this young lady. Whilst editing the shots, I became more and more amazed on how natural she was in front of the camera, and what a wonderful expression she has too. You may (or may not) have noticed the images I choose to post online aren't always the big, happy smiley shots that parents (Mum's in particular) crave. Of course, I'm not adverse to a smile in a shot, it's just that I like the enigmatic expression, you know the one; the Mona Lisa look, the one which challenges the viewer to work out what the subject is thinking. To me, that kind of look in a photo or image is priceless it draws the viewer in again and again. So, keen to have THAT expression as part of my portfolio, I asked Mum if I could do another shoot with said young lady. Mum agreed and so here we are.
I chose my favourite portrait location, Burgh Castle, purely because the time of year promises the most stunning backdrops when the sun is setting, but this is good old Great Britain where the weather very rarely plays ball. Instead I was faced with a heavy cloudy sky, and no real sun. The breeze was light, which was some consolation, but my dream conditions remained just a dream! I may have mentioned this before now, but I always let the lighting conditions determine the editing style, even if I have a pre-conceived idea before any shots are taken. In cases like this I think monochrome shots work really well, with muted colour edits to add a different style.

Accompanied by Mum and big sister, we wandered through the Castle area down to the footbridge which leads to the nearby marina. There the shoot started (and stopped several times to let walkers pass by) using the bridge as the prop to try a variety of poses. We then headed up to the beautiful meadow grass areas inside and outside the fort walls, to finish the photo session. My model was superb (once again) and blessed the images with her wonderful expression.
The last few shots of the shoot were a bit of fun, where I was being 'shot at' with some flower heads from the meadow. Always nice to see a smile too…..

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