When I first started writing this blog it was kind of like an online diary, with me writing about all things photography that I participated in. More recently I got a bit behind with my writing and months would go by and I wouldn’t be up to date, then with me not wanting to write out of order, things would never get done. I decided to turn my blog posts into bullet points, so I could mention everything I did in the month, include some photos, and get the posts out regularly. With the global pandemic giving me a bit more time, I decided to go back to writing more, but once again as things have started to open back up, I have been less inclined to write, so I think this will be the last post for a while which I write a bit and I’ll be going back to the bullet points next month. So let’s get into what I was doing in July.
Continuing on with my headshot project, I managed to fit in four shoots in July to add to it, working with Jadah, Kelly, Pete and Klaudia.
First up was working with Jadah, who I’ve worked with many times before, and you can’t come away from a shoot with her without some fantastic images. Not too far for me to travel for this one, as she doesn’t live too far away, and we stayed local to where she lives, just having a short walk around to find a few places to take some photos. In the end, we started at a local park, then used an overpass to try and get what was a beautiful blue sky in the background, then just down the street were a few walkways which were our final locations. Great to meet up with and photograph Jadah again, and I’ve already got plans for a future shoot with her.
Next I worked with Kelly, who lives around the centre of Leicester, so there were plenty of places we could go and have some good backdrops. We started around New Walk and found a few areas which would work, but it was great to catch up with Kelly, who I hadn’t seen for quite a while. A nice chance to have a chat, walk around and grab a few photos, all while keeping socially distanced.
I’ve worked with Pete on a few occasions at local photography groups, and with me wanting to add a few more male faces to the project, he seemed like the perfect person to work with. Another one where I travelled to him and while I didn’t really know the area, I had looked on google maps beforehand and made a note of a couple of places that I thought might work well. We walked to a local park and then on the way back to his house saw a couple of other locations that would work, so stopped to take a few photos.
Finally for my headshot project in July, I worked with Klaudia. This one was a bit more tricky as she lives in an area that is newly built, so I wasn’t able to go on Google maps and look around, so it was a case of turn up and see what was around. To add to the situation, there was predicted rain around the time we were due to start the shoot. An hour before the rain started to come and I hoped it would pass by before we started, and it looked like it would, but as soon as we started to walk to the first area the rain started to come down. We quickly went inside to keep dry and after about 5 mins we headed out again, but once more it started to rain. Back inside, we took a few photos in her back garden, and agreed that if it started to rain once more, we’d call it a day as we had a few photos and could easily arrange it for another time. Luckily, on the third attempt, the rain held off and we walked around the new estate to find some nice places to take some photos.
Next up was working with Chloe, who I’ve had the pleasure to work with on many occasions before this, but this was a bit different due to her pregnancy, and we wanted to get some really nice images of mother with bump. I mostly went for a classic black and white look to the images, and a pretty simple lighting setup, but sometimes simplicity works best.
This next shoot was mostly about me testing out a lighting technique which I’ve wanted to try for quite a while now, involving a setup which is pretty simple, but the final image should look really good. Working with Charlotte on these images, they mainly consisted of having a large light behind her, then a reflector right in front of her, with a hole cut out that I could put my camera through. That was the simple setup, but then to take it to the next level, I added some gels to the reflector and when altering the white balance to correct the colour shift, it adds a cool effect. I also used some things held in front of the lens to add other effects to the images. Then we finished off with some images using techniques I’d used many times before, just in case the first setup didn’t come out as I’d expected.
A couple of events to finish off the month, starting with a lingerie themed one with Creative Photography Events. For this, we worked with Jess, who has been at a couple of these events before. For this one, I had been at work during the day and went straight along to this, so it wasn’t long after I arrived that I had my camera out to take some photos. Pretty normal routine to this one, 3 or 4 setups, depending on time, outfit change for each and change up the lighting in between sets. It was a good night and I got some decent images from it but it’s always the case on events I go to straight from work that I am inevitably a bit tired and not fully into it, especially if I have work the following day as well, as I did this time.
Finally for July was an event with The Photography Social, and similar to the previous night as it was titled ‘Swimsuit’. For this we worked with Charlotte and once again I got some nice images from it, even managing to incorporate some gels into the final setup. The background was switched up to a kind of graduated blue to mimic a skyline and I suggested adding a warm orange light coming from the back to sort of look like sunlight. Some good images and always fun to work with Charlotte.
A good month with my camera. Some solo shoots and some as part of various groups, it is great to be back out with my camera in a safe environment.