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Lois Loren – Photoshoot – 15 October 2016

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 16 October 2016 by misselisabethuk

Date: 15 October 2016
Location: Home Studio, Medway – www.misselisabeth.co.uk
Model: Lois Loren Rochester, Kent
Make-Up Artist (‘MUA’): Maria Bradley Rainham, Kent

It took quite some time to set this shoot up with Lois as I wanted to use a MUA and generally MUAs are busy at weekends with their ‘day job’.  So, I was really lucky to find Maria Bradley who just by luck had some spare time in her schedule and who was also based near to me.  I initially found Maria on Model Mayhem and then visited her website (link above) for contact details.

Maria was brilliant, experienced and professional, and I hope I can work with her again, schedules permitting.  She also does photography so understood the challenges a newbie photographer, such as myself, can be faced with.

I wanted to keep things simple for this shoot as my aim was to use different lighting techniques to see what effects I could create with my equipment – PIXAPRO lights and triggers from Essential Photo.  I used a lighting reference document I found on the Digital Camera World website as my guide.  I didn’t get through them all but the ones that had lighting that I felt would suit the situation I tried out.

Lois was very patient. The make-up took about 45 minutes /  1 hour and the brief for Maria was to use colours which complimented Lois’s eyes which are a lovely greyish-blue.  Lois wore just a simple plain black round neck long sleeved t-shirt, which worked really well for this type of shoot.

I want to thank Lois for her professional approach to the shoot albeit probably boring at times when I was changing backgrounds and lighting set ups.  All worth it though as we got some really amazing shots, however, as the shoot was collaborative I am in the process of ensuing Lois is happy with the shots before I release them.

So, for now, you will have to wait to see the end results….

What I can share with you are a few of the shots of us getting ready for the shoot….

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

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!

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

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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

 

January, oh January (3 photographs)…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 30 January 2016 by misselisabethuk

This post has been inspired by this week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge.  Vibrant

The main picture was taken last year but I love the vibrant red berries (a bit Christmassy).  Also as a little treat I have posted another two photos which I took today with my newer lens: canon 70-300mm.  Not sure I like it as much as my Sigma 17-50mm which took the berries shot, however, maybe I just need more time to get used to it.  Enjoy!

 

Where is everybody…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 27 December 2015 by misselisabethuk

I had in my mind recently that I wanted to capture London in a different light, without any people in it.

During the working week this is impossible, so I thought my best opportunity would be on Christmas Eve when a lot of people would be having time off and people traffic would be lower than normal.

I managed this to a degree… I still think that maybe an early morning in the City at the weekend might give more interesting results… however, I had to make do with Paddington on Christmas Eve!

Here are some results:

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Ironically instead of capturing real people I captured a statue of one, which made me laugh.

Hope you are all well and enjoying your own photography endeavours. Peace!

Christmas Bokeh…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 19 December 2015 by misselisabethuk

I have been setting myself some challenges recently, as you may already know from my other posts, mainly to improve my photography but also to have some fun with the media to see what I can create and this week is no different.

I watch a lot of YouTube photography videos and I find that some inspire so much I grab my camera and go try.

Well, this week I have been inspired by the use of bokeh to differing effects.  The first as a background, and the second as part of the composition and here are the results…

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A swish and a flash…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 6 December 2015 by misselisabethuk

So my latest escapades in learning and experimenting with photography have come to this.  With the aid of a gridded snoot and a wiling hair swishing participant I managed to produce some interesting results.  I used a number of different skills to produce these photos, these included; setting up a light, finding the correct exposure, lining up the model and counting to 3!

I have shared a couple of the results with you below:

Oh and one last thing, it was fun and I would encourage any new photographer to try this out!

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