I love creative days, which is very fortunately in my line of work!
Today I spent creating props for a couple of my next Conceptual Group Shoots, both based in Okehampton.
The first is on the 6th December and has a butterfly orientated theme, I spent the morning trying to avoid sticking my fingers together whilst at the same time attaching pretty paper butterflies to clear nylon so we can hang them down around the model to create an interesting portrait scene.
Then I cut two shirts in half, one PJ shirt and one standard white suit shirt with the help of my 'creative assistant' (boy pictured) then sewed them together to created a half bedtime, half day wear shirt for the concept half awake half asleep that we're shooting on the 31st January in Okehampton with Diego our model, toothbrush included.
I'm looking forward to my next conceptual shoots so I can make even more props.
2015 kicks off with a very busy schedule and 4 Devon locations on the agenda.
We will be shooting workshops and group shoots from The Ockment Centre in Okehampton, Julie's Studio at 1 Southernhey West in Central Exeter, Tamar Valley Studios in Plymouth and Pilton Hall, Barnstaple.
There is also a brand new workshop called 'Fluid Posing for Directing Models' starting in January which has proven to be quite popular and is almost half full. This workshop is designed to give photographers the skills to pose and direct models to give variety within the photoshoot and to communicate different narratives within an image by using body language and expression together.
I am happy to announce I will be introducing new models to the workshops too, both male and female but all equally fabulous!
We will also be shooting more conceptual group shoots where I'll organise the model, MUA, Stylist and studio and photographers can come along and shoot as they wish with or without tuition.
Worksheets will be handed out in 2015 workshops so you can take notes and have a back up worksheet to work from once practicing in your own time.
Lots to come and lots to organise!
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a productive new year.
Images from the Introduction to Studio Lighting Workshop on the 22nd November 2014
We had loads of fun on this workshop and everyone worked well together to get the shots they wanted. We went through high key and low key set ups, lighting patterns for portraits and experimented with a single light source too.
Here are some behind the scenes shots that Arkwright's Photography took on the day which I think really capture the spirit of our workshops:
Now here are the actual 'proper' shots taken by Arkwright's Photography:
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