Brandon Baily – Photoshoot – 26 August 2016

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 28 August 2016 by misselisabethuk

Date: 26 August 2016
Location: Home Studio, Medway
Model: Brandon Baily, Dartford
Make-Up Artist (‘MUA’): Chloe Cannon, Medway

I was a little nervous going into this shoot being that I hadn’t done this particular style of shoot before; it was the first time I had used my full home studio set up for a portrait shoot and the first time I had used a professional make-up artist.

The research beforehand was crucial as not only did I need to have in mind what I wanted to accomplish, I needed to give the MUA a brief as to the make-up required and to give the model direction on clothing and poses.

I would say I am pretty good with people and have run projects at work but this was different.  With photography you are managing emotions rather than processes, and what I mean by that is that you want your model to trust you and feel comfortable so they can present themselves to you in a way that could make them feel vulnerable particularly with a stranger.  We all have a face that we wear and it is usually only our nearest and dearest that see us as we truly are. As a result I think you need to “manage” in a slightly different way.

Admittedly in business you still need to build trust and rapport but it is in a much harder environment, emotions are put aside to get the job/task done and this is accepted as being the standard professional approach.  So I definitely think although I am using the same organisational and management skills, they are utilised in a slightly different way.

So to the shoot…. When I was planning the shoot I initially wanted to cover 3 things; high key, low key and an urban location.

Whilst researching I was very confident I could set my studio up for high key; low key was going to be a bit more tricky and I had chosen a few potential locations.

I came across a couple of YouTube videos which said keep things simple and I think this was the best advice that I took away from them.  I decided I would primarily work with the high key idea, then experiment with the low key element and for this particular shoot scrap the ‘on location’ element.

On the day I decided to keep the clothing simple so I had Brandon wear a white shirt and then we added a black tie, using them in varying ways.

For the make up I wanted dark eyes to give a broody look.  On the day Chloe built the effect up, so we started with a natural look and then added smoky eyes and then built up the intensity to dark eyes and contouring.  This worked really well as the ‘look and feel’ changed by primarily changing the make-up and lighting rather than outfits.

The purpose of the shoot was to build portfolios and practice techniques… I think this was achieved and more. I personally am very pleased with the results, here is a selection…

I have revamped my official MissElisabeth website which can be found here

Please contact me if you, or someone you know, would like to collaborate with me, a contact form can be found on my website.

Have a great weekend!

‘ol mother bumble bee…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 7 August 2016 by misselisabethuk

As the old rhyme goes…

‘ol mother bumble bee,
won’t you come and cuddle me,
put your head upon my knee,
‘ol mother bumble bee.

One of nature’s fluffy lovelies…

Dockside, Chatham (3 photos)…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , on 31 July 2016 by misselisabethuk


That’s all… Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. 

Pinup Doll Alice Oxley – Afternoon Tea?

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , on 25 July 2016 by misselisabethuk

In addition to my photography degree assignments, I have been keen to progress my professional portfolio and start working with models, to practice my wider photography skills and to develop my own style. 

So I recently set up a shoot with a model who I found on purpleport.com. I have an interest in portrait photography but I also wanted to stretch myself to a situational set up. After looking through a fair few profiles I decided to book a 50s style model and as a result a 50s style themed shoot was born. 

I have not yet prepared the more ‘themed’ images from the shoot but wanted to share with you the 3 portraits I have worked on to date. I hope you like them:

Sunday flowers…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , on 24 July 2016 by misselisabethuk

Not a big profound post, just some beautiful flowers for a sunny Sunday afternoon…. 

Passing Time and Moving Water…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 18 June 2016 by misselisabethuk

Hello all, hope you are all well and are having a great weekend.

I realise I haven’t blogged for a while so thought I’d update you on what’s been going on in my life.  So much, is the answer.  To say I’ve been busy would be an understatement, however, I’m here now; I’m fine and ready to blog.

Most of you may have picked up by now that I am part way through the first course of a photography degree, so one of the reasons for not blogging for a while is due to lots of photography related activity.  Not just taking pictures and post processing them but also a lot of reading around the subject of photography as contemporary art and it’s practitioners.  I have also been visiting lots of photography related exhibitions.

So my aim today is not to bore you with photography tips and techniques but more to provide you with a round-up (with photos where possible) of what I’ve been doing since my last post (in addition to my day job which I won’t bore you with)…  So here goes:

21 May 2016 – Photo London exhibition and an ‘in conversation’ with Ed Burtynsky and David Campany

26 May 2016 – Reflex Photography club (Clash of the Titans competition)

28 May 2016 – Wet Plate Collodion demonstration and talk

28 May 2016 – Played around with Lightroom and NIK filters

29 May 2016 – A day at Brands Hatch giving panning a go

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Then I had a week off catching up with friends and family… including having my nails done which was a nice treat.

9 June 2016 – Reflex Photography Club (AGM)

10 June 2016 – Switching the Lens, in conversation with Ghanaian photographer James Barnor and Margaret Busby OBE and a talk by Martin Barnes, senior curator of the Paul Strand exhibition at the V&A

11 June 2016 – Moving Water, bringing together experimental music and performance art, courtesy of Bjorn Veno and the Errorists

Moving Water montage

And that concludes my update, so that’s all folks…  Until the next time.  Peace!

Should you wish to check out my photography degree blog you can find it here

 

Norris the Snail…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 22 May 2016 by misselisabethuk

This morning I was visited by Norris, an older more experienced member of the snail community.

As we kicked back and discussed world issues he told me about his near death experience with a lawnmower that he had only the other week.  He showed me his injuries which for him were luckily only a slightly shaved head and chipped but not too badly damaged shell (some would disagree).  However, we agreed it could have been a lot worse.

I said I was pleased he had escaped this almost terminal accident, a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, as he was a kindly snail and deserved longevity (although this doesn’t always follow).

Before he went I asked if he minded if I took a few photographs of him as I was trying to improve my photography skills and could he help me out with this.  Of course Norris agreed.  So here are the photographs I took and I would like to dedicate this post to Norris and his snail friends and family…

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