Gel lighting continues. I read a great article about how
subtractive and additive colours work. Really fascinating piece…colours are fantastic.
I met Ana, a London based designer for a quick discussion over a coffee at London
Bridge : make-up, available dresses and date. Anar London is a Luxury Womenswear
Brand https ://www.anarlondon.com/
I got Charlotte, a beautiful model from Frame Perfect Agency and Johanna Monti
make-up artist on board. I had a good feeling that this session would go smoothly
and Ana’s two shiney leather jackets would work beautifully with colours, mostly
red/orange and cyan.
I planned 45 min for make-up and two hours’ shooting time achieving three sets and I was spot on with timing. The make-up was elegantly simple. I didn’t want to drive the
attention away from the colours.
Check the behind the scenes footages of my session
I do my own retouch to make sure it hits the level I expect on my work. If the hair is messy, it needs a careful edit and it sometimes take up to 4 hours. Phhh. Yes, it’s one of the hardest thing to do and it can be really complex : cut background out, replace some part of the background, shape the hair, clean it, fill the gaps etc… Here are the before after set I made for you to compare.
I am really pleased with the result, no matter how mind-bending it is to setup and execute, giving the WoW factor for those final images is always a winner.
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Headshot and music promo photography for a really talented young musician, singer, guitarist and teacher. I met him last year, he played with his band in North London and I can tell, his music got the energy and good vibe. Loved it !
He has been working on his career and to boost it he needed a lot of pro images to achieve the best. Csongor phoned me last week and I was already planning the shoot and having some ideas, specially coloured gel shooting. I asked him to send me some reference images to see what he is after and told him what to bring. After couple of emails, we nailed the shooting date.
We started with head-shot. If you ever wondered how I work hit the play.
After that we moved to the music promo shoot. I opened my brand new colour gel set, quick thinking about colour schemes, what colour works with the other. Fascinating ! I always loved colours and working towards my colour portfolio it’s a fantastic project and it comes with a complicated learning curve. Challenge accepted !
The final set after 4 hours well spent in the studio.
Anyone looking to do something similar get in touch ! Get yourself down and have a fun experience with me. Book your session now. If you have any questions email or call email@example.com or call 07889259752.
I was looking for to have a versatile and creative photography session with one of the most talented person at my Seven Sisters studio last week. Zoe has so many characters, she is a cellist, performer, composer, media commentator and educator. If you are up for a fun, musical cabaret show, visit her website to check the dates and watch her to play : http ://zoemartlew.com/
As I always, I discussed her ideas over the phone before the session. This allows me to see clearly, work on ideas, prepare and estimate the session. She wanted some fun cabaret, some cello and a headshot image.
The day had come, I was already prepared. I got my 3 lights set up to start with the funky cabaret shots. I knew my magenta and blue colour galed lights would work for Zoe. This gave the desired feel and atmosphere.
And.…here is may favorite part. Zoe wanted to have some cello promo shots but not like the other “boring” ones like 2 millions already been taken, she wanted some unique ones. So it got me thinking and I suggested her, just relax on the floor. LOL
Music photography with Chris Ellis and Sara Aras models. I work with Frame Perfect agency and they kindly found two models for me. Wanted to make a music portrait session to capture their emotion, their expression while listening they favorite music.
I planned two type of sets : expression and editorial. I sent a mood-board and briefly explained what the session is about.
When Chris came to my studio, Seven Sisters on bike from all away from Watford I was already impressed. Quickly checked his clothes, Korell Williams from Creerhair Styling arrived and he helped us.
After the hair and beard styling was done I already set up my lights and was ready to rock. (some tricks learned how to manage beard to shine…weird for me) Anyway, got some awesome shots in less then 10 minutes.
Sara arrived on time, quick clothes checking and she was ready for the makeup and hair. Korell and his friend did it fantastically, taking care of every detail, meticulously precise.
While I checked the images on screen, Chris was busy getting ready for the second set
and Sara was…
We had so much fun, specially when Sara flipped her hair in the air. Yeah ! That’s more like it.
Cambridge Weight Plan slimmer winners visiting the rainy London
I had the pleasure personally meet with the two winners of Cambridge Weight Plan, Erika Cervantes Jimenez & Patricia Aranda Larrauri (Paty) her Cambridge Consultant from Mexico. Erika weight lost : 20 kg (3st2lb) ! It’s an amazing achievement. It’s a big challenge to most of the people who struggling with overweight. They are looking stunning ! Congrats ! ! ! More on the Cambridge Weight Plan website.
About the company : “Cambridge Weight Plan has been providing real people with real support to achieve real results since 1984.Cambridge Weight Plan is a flexible range of weight management programmes for both men and women.”
Early meet up at the Tower Hamlet station. Vanda has planned everything what places to visit for a short stay in London. We had the perfect “English weather” in November, cold, wind and off course rain…‘No worries-we will have a fun and fantastic day’ so we went to the Tower Bridge, photographing and filming in the chilli weather. London have some beautiful scenes even if its rain. Next station : Westminster and we walked to Waterloo, quick look on the almost empty Riverside Walk Market. Around half one, we got lucky, the sun came out, completely changing the city’s look. Finally, we had some amazing images and video footage recorded at Trafalgar Square, Soho, Covent Garden and Knightsbridge. Smiling and happy girls after the long day. :)
Fun Promotional Photo-Session with Chozen and JWC
Carl from Jerrard Wayne Creatives Ltd set up a photo-shoot for Chozen to get his promotional-marketing stuff done. During the photo session we listened his songs and everything went so well. Carl and Charagh booked a fantastic MUA, Silvia Saccinto Makeup Artist. She made everything perfect and checked every tiny details during the session. Chozen is an energetic, funny and easy going musician, so much fun to work with and if you like fresh, contemporary music check it out : chozenofficial.
Behind the Scene
Nomination for Photographer of the Year-SWPP
What a great morning when I opened an email from SWPP this week saying that one of my image is nominated for Photographer of the Year. I am still surprised and feeling epic. The selected image was taken at my holiday in Hungary. I am not a landscape photographer but it seems the judges found something great and they made their choice to nominate my image.
What is it about ? Firstly, the 28 category winners will be chosen from all the Gold Awards and Highly Commended Upgrades. After this all the category winners will be in with a chance of becoming The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2013. This year we have seen a bumper crop of images and the judges have assessed 13,877 images that have been entered in to the Monthly Image Competition.
The category winners and The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2013 will be announced at the Awards Dinner during the 2014 Convention.
I’ll be pleased to attend this dinner at 2014 Photographic Convention at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel. Yuhuuuu
Markus needed some stunning head shots for his businesses. He is a multi-talented man, founder of SEO Specialist Limited, Google Authorised Photographer at his company, 360 Photographers. After a quick chat we started some high key head shots in my already set up studio. I used four lights to get the desire light effect what I was after and 10 minutes later he was more relaxed. The time has come to start to have some fun. :) We talked about great memories, his wedding and everything what he wanted to share. He followed my instruction so easily like a pro actor. :)
Here is the lighting diagram to share with other photographers
and some final Headshots
TWOGOLDAWARDS – Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers
I am always working on improving what I do and moving forward to the “limits”. One way of getting feedback on my photographs from other highly qualified professional photographers is to enter them in to competitions. In October, I entered one photograph into the “Landscapes” and an other into the “Open Avant Garde” categories. Photographs are judged on technique, quality and the photographers artistic input. I am really pleased that the judges liked those images of mine.
Landscape image was taken in Gyűrűfű (eco-village), Hungary in April. Early morning with fresh air and beautiful scene, deep in the forest, away from everything. Perfect place to refresh yourself, eat healthy and drink natural water from the nearby spring.
The second one is a bit of fun, nothing serious. One light, one wooden mannequin and photoshop. :)
Bruce asked me to have some awesome photographs taken for his new music promo so we had the shot at my studio last friday. He is a great singer. I think, his music reminds me a bit of Rock’N’Roll feel. Have a listen on youtube, Mitchellbrucemusic. Get connect on Twitter and Facebook as well.
I had a great opportunity to take some images for the IJAD dance company They performance called, IN-FINITESPACEATTHESCIENCEMUSEUM. I was curious to work in the Science Museum and being at a hidden place. Excited times.
They show are the followings
30OCTOBER2013TIME / 19.30 – 20.00 | 20.15 – 20.45 | 21.00 – 21.30 and it’s Free • No Booking Required
La Avril Boutique-Fashion Show
I met and worked one of the best group at the La Avril Boutique in Dulwich on friday afternoon. Fantastic atmosphere and Sam, owner of the shop, was a great entertainment as well. She is a bubbly person and her fashion items were perfect for Zellia who elegantly walked in the shop showing the design clothes and accessories to the costumers. I worked alongside with Marcella, a young photographer and a make up artist team from MotivesGlam.
I got a surprise from the Photography Monthly Magazine this morning. My image of Sarah was selected for Photo of the day. I feel epic and it made my day. :) yuhuuu
Read the full article by clicking on the image.
Elegance theme photo session at my studio. October 2013
I tested my new studioElinchromlights and I have to tell you, it gives an amazing result. Collaborated with Yndrė Yndrutėmodel and SimoneAbeya Make Up They both gave 100% work during the session. Yndre is a young model and we had so much fun during the session, such a friendly person. Simone usesMAC cosmetics to achieve the best result and she did an amazing job. Simone and I discussed that the best thing w'd be to use natural make up and she managed it such a short time. After that I started to shoot and here are a few of them.
I have received a Highly Commented score on SWPP monthly image competition.
My first editorial shoot with Tom has achieved a high standard score but have failed to reach the Gold Award in September competition. The god thing is, all Highly Commended images are reviewed by another panel of judges and may be 'upgraded' to Gold if the panel sees fit. This is to ensure that no images slip through the net that are of Gold standard. Highly Commended upgrades are due to be announced around the 10th December.
I feel epic and I look forward to December.
Behind the scenes
I'd like to share my set up what I used on my first editorial shoot with Tom back in July. Hot day, even hotter in my studio.
Some correction: I used two Canon speedlites for beauty and to lit the background with gridded dish. I didn't have proper holding system for the background lighting so I used gaffa tape to fix the dish to the speed-light.
If you like it, please share it! :)
Editorial photo-session with Tom
My new gear and lighting set up came to test with Tom, an Australian model. It was so sunny outside but we had to do it inside....poor guy. After some cool, icy water he was ready to stand in front of my camera. Quick check of the light and we were getting into it. 40 minutes later we had to make the session funnier to get the best image we have aimed for so we had some refreshments and joke around. We went back to the "stage" and we had an extra 30 minutes to go. More focused and much better results.
Before After Series: Sport set
After I had the first set shot with Silent Descent I decided to move in to a studio and create the magic in the studio. I rented my friend's studio. Conrad’s studio and organised four models and a MUA, Sara who was really professional and so easy to work with, for a day shot. I asked Alvaro to come first. we had a great talk while I was setting up the lights, so friendly. He brought some different football dresses and we decided to go with the red one. Quick test and I was ready to shoot. 'the before shot' looked as good as I imagined. :) WIN.
Sara opened her make up set outside in the balcony and Alvaro had to suffer a bit as it was cold like hell :D Me and Sara had a short discussion about the effect (sweaty-exhausted look) and she was ready to do her magic.
Yigal was so patient while I was working with Alvaro. He was next to shoot with. Cool guy, we had lots of fun and “hey man! where is my chicken?" as we wanted to get a strong effect for the after image. :) we all laughed.
Louise was so focused during the session. It just run so fast and I am glad she came as well.
The last model was Lola and she drove from Reading. Thanks for taking the effort. She was so easy to go with as all the other models as well. Lots of fun during the shot.
Before After Series : First set
I had this idea for a long time and my first project was with my musician friends, Silent Descent. They played at the Garage in Highbury so I took my flashes and a home made strip light to get the desire effect there and started to shoot them just next to the bar tender. :) It was technically challenging to create something cool with no luck of light and people drinking pints next to me. So I had to ask each band member to use their phones as a light source and pointing towards their faces so I can focus on something. A big Thank you ! to the smart phones :) I did it in less than 10 minutes for 7 members. PHhhhh… And they went on stage, kicked the walls off, awesome gig. After the 40 minutes set they came back to complete my project. It was very difficult to get all the band members posing and do the shot but thanks to the friends I made it. Quick shooting and ready to pack away as they were closing for private party.