I’ve shot with Holly many many times already, as she’s my favourite model. This time, she wanted to shoot a video, so we headed to a great location, Brancaster beach on the Norfolk coast. We got lucky with our timing, and it was low tide in the afternoon (giving huge expanses of beach), and the tide quickly came in at sunset (giving huge expanses of water to reflect the fantastic skies).
This was the fourth Cambridge Ballerina Project shoot in a week, all queued up waiting for the weather to improve. Zoe was also in this year’s show, and has a twin sister Gabrielle visiting from New Zealand. Both are equally well-trained ballet dancers, so a twin shoot presented great opportunities for symmetric poses.
I noticed Ana at the barre during a ballet class taken by Glory, and was keen to arrange a shoot with her. Weather and availability conspired against us, so we ended up having to shoot on the day before Ana’s last exam, in windy overcast conditions. Not that you’d notice from Ana’s composure.
Pamukkale is a fascinating natural wonder in South-Western Turkey. The sides of a large hill are covered in Travertine Terraces – calcium carbonate deposits left by thermal spring waters. I visited on an overcast day, so the photos I got don’t do the site justice. You’ll find plenty of photos online of snow-white slopes against bright blue skies…
The drizzle didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the thermal waters in Cleopatra’s Pool, replete with sunken ruins from Hierapolis.
Before my trip to Vancouver, I looked up some models for potential photoshoots while I was out there. Given I was already planning to do a shoot with my friend Cassandra, I thought why not take arrange another shoot or two and take advantage of some stunning scenery and new models.
Due to uncertain weather and my plans during the week, none of 4 potential shoots I’d lined up materialised. However, Amanda replied to my initial message while I was out there, and was communicative enough to arrange a shoot just after my shoot with Cassandra. Her portfolio mentioned that she had awards for her ballet, but there were no images taken by other photographers to show just how good she was.
When we finally met (at Second Beach in Stanley Park) for the shoot, the sun was about to set, so we just had enough time to quickly look through the clothes she’d brought along, and walk along the Sea Wall towards Third Beach, where I’d figured we’d have a clear view of the sunset over the water. The golden light was mostly obscured by clouds, but we had a few minutes just as we started shooting with great light, and Amanda had no problems climbing onto a boulder and striking some stunning poses straight away. The resulting stunning photos are testament to how quickly, beautifully, and perfectly Amanda was able to pose.
The light faded pretty quickly, and we carried on shooting beyond my eyes’ vision, until even the camera was struggling. However, we did get a couple of striking shots, including this one with great lighting from West Vancouver shining across the water.