AUTUMNAL SHOOT IN LONDON BY GUEST BLOGGER LYDIA COLLINS
I was super happy to organise another photoshoot with the lovely Sara, Zsanett and Annabell. We really wanted this shoot to focus on the Autumnal feel of London, especially with the orange tones of the trees! The girls chose the perfect combination of outfits from chequered to polkadots!
I absolutely love shooting with these ladies and we always have such fun creating the photographs.
We chose to shoot on the streets behind Oxford Street near Fitzrovia. I love to shoot the girls individually and then as a group, I started off with Zsanett who was wearing a beautiful Polka Dot Dress.
I always love using objects and buildings around that will add something to the image. We were shooting near a red Moped and I loved the colour alongside Zsanett’s dress - we chose to use the bikes in some of the shots from walking alongside it to using the mirror as a prop! Using models clothing is a great way to create movements in photographs - in this case I used Zsanettʼs dress to catch the wind when she walked across the road.
I also love to play with lighting and sunlight. If you shoot with the sun behind you and facing towards the subject you generate high contrast, light and dark tones. When you shoot with the light behind the model you create ‘back-litʼ images - one of my favourite ways to work with the light. With positioning the camera to certain points in the composition, you can also generate sun flares and a hazy feel across the image.
After shooting with Zsanett, me and Annabell decided to shoot near the postbox as we wanted to continue the pop of red throughout all the images.
ALL ABOUT THE ANGLES
I like to play around with angles and composition of not just the models but myself. By changing the height and direction that you are shooting from, you generate a variety of different images. One angle that I have loved experimenting with recently is shooting from down below facing up towards the subject. In this case I was crouching down to the floor and facing my camera up towards Annabell - this not only lengthens the subjects body position but also generates a different feel to the image, making it more of an interesting photograph for the audience to interact with.
A RED THREAD
We carried on the theme of red through to Sara by using her red bag as the pop of colour in her individual photographs.
Bags are a great accessory to use to generate movement and static statements in shots. We played around with positioning the bag in certain
Angles to create movement whilst Sara was moving, to swinging the bag towards to camera. We also experimented with holding the bag in more of a prime position in the photograph so that the pop of colour could become more prominent.
AND ALL TOGETHER NOW
I think itʼs also important to play with composition when it comes to taking the photographs and playing around with closer up shots to more full length shots.
You can create such different imagery by just moving around your subject. Never be afraid of shooting parts of their body out-of-frame, I find this creates more of an interesting image when their hands, feet or parts of their body carry off the imageʼs borders.
The final photographs of the shoot were all three of the girls. As mentioned before, I love the way these ladies work together in not just the images but also outside of the photographs - they are such a pleasure to be around and so much fun to work with!
We shot some static shots with the girls interacting towards each other and also some movement shots within the street. I think itʼs great to experiment with posed photographs of the subjects looking towards to camera but also candid imagery where the subjects are interacting with whatʼs around them, whether that be it people or the location.
Once again, I cannot wait to shoot with these girls again and would also love to thank them all for having me as their October Guest Blogger <3 I hope you’ve enjoyed reading more about BTS of shoots and some tips from working behind the camera!
THANK YOU LYDIA
We are getting to the very end of October, which means that this is Lydia’s last post with us here on the4ofus.co.uk.
She has been a dream to work with and we hope that our lovely readers have enjoyed her posts as much as we have :)
We know for sure that we will work together will Lydia again in future, but for now we wan’t to say thank you and wish her good luck with all her exciting upcoming work and adventures.
Sara, Annabell & Zsanett xxx
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