When I first started working with models a few years back I deliberately set out to work with the best in the business. I was incredibly fortunate early on to attend a training day with Katy Cee modelling, shoot on a studio day with Rachelle Summers and shortly afterwards manage to book a couple of hours with Artemis Fauna when she was in North Wales. That first shoot with Artemis was fabulous. We were working in less than an ideal location with challenging light but between my button mashing and her experience and ingenuity we produced a set of images I still rate amongst my favourite work. If you’re really lucky I’ll get round to blogging that shoot one day.
After using the infinity cove itself as a light source I was keen to work with a harder more directional light for the second half of the session with Helena. I’d seen some footage of one of my favourite contemporary photographers, Damien Lovegrove, using large boards to block the light leaving shafts of illumination pouring onto the subject. With this in mind and with the help of a couple of large polyboards and a few lightstands to hold them in place we set about shooting the following images.
One of my aims for 2015 was to spend a lot more time in the studio and try and improve my lighting and direction of subjects. Give me good light and fast lenses and I can conjure up a beautiful dreamy image but if the weather is not playing along I’m stuffed. Having more control over studio light and flash opens up a whole new set of possibilities that I’m eager to explore. Likewise working with established models like Rachelle guarantees success but working with new models or simply friends means you have to guide and cajole them into unnatural but stylish and elegant looking poses.
Rachelle is one of my favourite models to work with, always works her socks off and produces exceptional results. Here’s part one of the results from a half day shoot at Millwood Studios in Stalybridge.