This weekend I did my first posed portrait photo-shoot, something I’ve been wanting to do for ages but have always been quite nervous of because of the expectations on me, the requirement to produce something usable at the end of it. Fuchsia, who often does stage make up for Next Best Thing productions, wants to get work as a make-up artist, and to do that she needs a portfolio. I mentioned a month or two ago that I’d be happy to shoot some pictures for her, but we hadn’t yet got around to setting a date. Then on Friday she rang up wanting some photos urgently, as she had an interview with Jack Eames about doing make-up for his photo-shoots. So the next day, we set off to Sheffield Botanical Gardens with Radha and Emma, and took some photos!
Everything was a bit rushed – we weren’t ready until around 3pm, by which time we had about 30 minutes usable sunlight (I was keen to get some natural light shots, as I’m not such a hot-shot with flash yet). I needn’t have worried about having to direct the models – I hardly had a chance to get a word out before Fuchsia had already told them exactly where to stand and what pose to strike. So I just snapped away, happy that most of the pictures were looking good in the LCD screen. I used my Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens throughout, it’s a beautiful portrait lens.
After shooting outside (co-o-o-o-o-o-ld!) we took a few photos inside the palm house, then drove back to my house where we took a few more against the brick wall outside, using flash, just to make sure we had everything we needed. Then I loaded everything up onto the computer, and the next day I got carried away in Photoshop (thanks to some handy retouching tips from Guy). I uploded the files to Photobox and waited for the 12x8s to arrive…
Which they did today. And I was stunned by the results (so was Fuchsia, she almost screamed with pleasure when I showed them to her, and shouted “we’re all going to get jobs out of these”, meaning me, her and Radha would get jobs in photography, make-up and modelling). Below are a few of my favourites from the set, I’ve also added a couple of these to my “best of” portraits portfolio on my photography website.