For some time I’ve been trying to work up the courage to hire a professional model so I can practice lighting, directing, post production and composite work. I still haven’t crossed that bridge, but last week I arranged a photoshoot at quirky studio in the centre of Cardiff. The studio space offered lots of creative opportunity from a grand hall with decorative columns, to dark, creepy vaults which wouldn’t be out of place in a Freddie Krueger film.
I invited a fellow photographer who tapped his contacts for a potential model. Hey presto, Rosie came to the rescue. A delightful young lady who, although not a professional, has often modelled for her mother who also happens to be a photographer. Rosie’s natural ability to take and interpret instruction whilst adding her own flair, made our lives easy. I had a couple of ideas to work with but wasn’t really sure how they would pan out and therein lies the learning point – it really helps to know your venue, design your look, plan, research and execute… I shall be more prepared next time.
Below was an experiment in blending a single studio shot with a stock photo from the web. It’s clear my skills are still developing – the background image is not ideal but was the best I could find to match my idea. I’m not embarrassed by the relatively dodgy final image – it’s all part of the learning curve.