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Portfolio

ak54photo-studio2-18I am building a studio portfolio to update to my website shortly.  The trouble is staying true to my style indoors.  This simple portrait shows my development so far with a beautiful little model.

Hair by maxine smith

 

 

wolf

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The snow has been and gone, as fast as it came.  A week ago we had clouds of snow & sledging and shooting (I do everywhere I can) was part of our Sunday.  My version of a snow angel, otherwise how can I get away with making a child lie in the snow..

Looking back

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We live a life that is constantly rushing and striving forward.  We have the world at our fingertips with the technology that we can access in a second.  That’s great but I often think that it comes at a cost.  I don’t think we stop often enough and just exist.  This week has been a draining one & I’ve found comfort in looking backwards to last summer.  The days were long and we spend so much in my sisters garden.  The kids were unplugged from iPads and played, as my sister and I had as children.  There is so much more pleasure to me in being outside, soaking up the light, instead of absorbing it from a blue screen.  My nephews remind me of the fun of being little.  Something that I’m holding onto right now.

all that glitters

AK54PHOTO-FREEDMAN-29All girls are secret magpies.  Over this summers shoots I have taken my glitter ball each time and the sequin cape.  These 2 props are something that every girl has picked out & wanted to be shot with.  The challenge then comes to make each image feel unique to the child that I am photographing.  I don’t want to “cookie cut” when taking photographs.  You can use the same elements but they have to look different.  I’ll just have to get more imaginative each time I guess!!

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distances

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Sometimes my future feels a long long way away.  I made the decision to focus on the photography that I love, children’s photography.  I shoot commercially for fashion brands & also do portraiture shoots by commission.  It is scary sometimes to let everything else go.

There is so much that I love to photograph in this world but when it comes down to the essence of what makes me happy, it is photo shoots with children.  I say it a million times but the freshness with which they view the world makes me smile & remember that it is the perspective that we apply that makes us see the positives in life.

Being freelance & actively narrowing your opportunities feels counter productive but at the same time it could just mean I focus completely on where I want to reach.  Shooting children’s commercial photography, i’m not going to stop until i’m shooting International campaigns!

* I will still be photographing food, but this is my therapy!!

Hair Styling Vicky M Hair

Black & White

ak54photo-tyreI can’t stop with the Black and whites at the moment.  I think this is because they strip all of the emotions out that colour makes our minds trigger.  A black and white photograph is about the raw essence of what the film has recorded.  The eyes are for me the ultimate connector.  You see who a person is.

This image was always going to be a colour edit but as I worked today I was thinking about the power of how an image can be changed & as Kaya is growing he is changing every minute.  This image in black and white kind of stops time for me at this point in the summer.

I will never stop loving black and white.  It’s where i feel at home.  & it is somewhere that i can re-visit as Kaya grows up (and stops letting me photograph him)!

off plan

 

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So this is what happens when you are photographing more than one child on a shoot.  The others find the body paint pens & draw on each other!  Still going in a different direction sometimes has my favourite results.  Followed by a very deep bath!

Babies

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The baby photography industry is a saturated one.  There are so many ‘cute’ examples of babies in plant pots, swaddled tightly sleeping or a little girl in a tutu and headband.  Although often gorgeous, they just aren’t how I see babies.

I see the world how I see the world.  I’ve read how we are the sum of every book that we have ever read, every film that we have ever seen, every song that we have ever heard & how there can never be another one of us as our life experiences are subjective & therefore unique.

My viewpoint of the world doesn’t differ, however old the subject that I photograph.  I approach children, as I would adults, as I do babies. This seems to be an unusual approach.   I am differing from industry norms because I don’t change my approach for the age of whom I am photographing.  I see the world how I see the world & when photographing babies this is how I see it.

When we were young

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everything was an adventure in the summers before
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how the magic is woven…

The editing process is a huge part of photography since the launch of the digital age.  Not that it didn’t exist in darkrooms & when shooting with film, just the magic can be shared more easily now…   This is an example of how seasons can be changed.

ak54photo-howthemagicThe shoot is for Kiki Minchin’s Rebel Summer Jewllery collection.  The brief, to shoot with reminiscence of a vintage summer past.

This before & after post shows an image straight out of camera & after the edit.

Model – Kaitlin Pilcher @ Boss///  Make Up – Kim Lumsdon/// Hair – Charlotte Wardle

 

you broke me from inside

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you broke me from inside but i gave you the key

curious horses

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some days the magic is just there…. curiously.

mua maxine smith.  model jane duffy @nemesis models

trust

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security comes in all forms, funny how we disguise the blanket as we get older..

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the forgotten summer

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Roversi

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I’m paying homage to a photographer who inspires me every day.  Paolo Roversi creates images that I want to be inside me! This is a shot that I styled & edited to try to create some of the beauty that he makes.  Model Kyra Macfarlane.  Make Up Maxine Smith.