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…
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