With two recent photoshoots already receiving myriad positive comments (notably “who’s that girl?!”, of Rebecca’s photoshoot), I was approached by someone I’d photographed at Cuppers Athletics, asking if I could take some photos of her and her boyfriend. As if serendipity hadn’t already showed up enough in my life, here it came again – while I was taking the high jump photographs of Erica, I thought that she’d make a good model, and now I was presented with an opportunity to photograph her. And she certainly proved to be a great model. These photos are of her with her boyfriend Adam, and I’ll post some more shots of Erica posing on her own.
The photos were taken, as usual, at magic hour; this time in Emmanuel College’s gardens.
After the success (in my eyes and those of the models) of my last (first) portrait photoshoot with Steph, Ben and Lizzie, I finally got round to a 2nd photoshoot. This time, my muse was Rebecca, a beautiful student actress who has often graced the ADC stage, where I first noticed her. After a few rainchecks the gods of fate and timing were shining down on us, as the golden light of magic hour and the gardens at the back of St. John’s set the scene for a perfect photoshoot. I’ll let you be the judge…
I often marvel at the stunning photos of models and celebrities in glossy magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair. For a long time, I’ve wanted to expand my photography repertoire and portfolio, and do more portrait work. I’ve already taken a few portraits for friends, but have always been on the lookout for more people to photograph, to work on my rapport with the model, giving direction for styles and poses, and to build a portfolio of portrait and fashion photographs to start getting some paid commissions.
I noticed a photo of Steph, a friend of a friend, on Facebook, and thought she’d make a good model; she was keen to have some photos taken, and came along with two friends. We spent an hour wandering around my old college, St. John’s, on a partly-cloudy Sunday afternoon. They enjoyed the fun of the photoshoot, and liked plenty of photos that I selected. I retouched a few of the photos (I fix cropping, brightness and colour on every photo I take anyway), to give them the magazine-model look. Here are a few of my favourites:
I found out from a couple of friends that the Prometheus Fire Troupe, local to Cambridge, would be meeting on Midsummer Common on Sunday evening, to spin their poi, firesticks, and diabolos. Having often wanted to photograph LED/fire poi at night, and presented with the perfect trio of opportunity (some free time that evening, a very skilled troupe, and my SLR/tripod), I went along to watch. My protegÃ©e, Zoe, came along and snapped away too. She has a wonderful eye, and will have a fantastic and extensive portfolio before long. I’m sure I’ll mention Zoe again in the future…watch this space.
More photos are available on CantabPhotos.com