Some photographers have very well planned shoots, with everything organised well in advance and knowing precisely the sort of images they are trying to achieve from each shoot. Others are more spontaneous, deciding during the week to try and organise a shoot on that weekend, and then turning up and producing images depending on how the mood takes them.
I seem to be a rather strange hybrid of those approaches. I plan shoots well in advance, with already quite a few shoots booked for April, June and July of next year, for which I am already doing preparatory work searching for possible locations. However, I turn up to shoots with no ideas whatsoever about what sort of images I am going to try and produce, basically I wing it!
Recently a model sent me loads of great ideas for a forthcoming shoot we have booked, and I was quite apologetic that I wouldn’t be reciprocating. I don’t know why but I can’t seem to think of anything before we get to the location and I see what it’s like, and what the light is like. Maybe I should try harder and start collecting inspiring images like many photographers and models appear to do, and try to turn up to a shoot with some ideas.
One of the things that triggered this blog post was putting in the diary my visit next year to my good friend and talented photographer Francisca Da Silva, one of the many overseas friends I have made through my photography. Our last trip was in May of last year with the lovely Ivory Flame, and I’ve already posted quite a few images from the trip, but there are quite a few more to come as I regularly look back through the images from there.
I’ve posted a previous nude shot from this set, but I’m quite liking the clothed shot as well, and I’ve cloned out the various wind turbines which I left in the nude shot, and there’s mixed opinions over whether I should have left them in there, but they definitely needed to go in this one – as well as the annoying small pot!
And I may as well post the previously seen nude one as well.
I’m quite liking landscapes with the model quite small in the frame, and I think Holly’s pose works so well here with the old city wall.
My pictures are so often about shapes, and I love the curves in the wall here, and the strong leading lines, and fortunately there was a door in the wall to provide the perfect lighting.
Again Holly providing the perfect pose with this humungous rock, and were fortunate with the super sky as well.
Many thanks to Francisca and Holly for such an enjoyable trip, and I’m really looking forward to working with Francisca again next year.