Tag Archives: models

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..

The day we met a swan

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Nature in the summertime is the absolute best

 

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!

navaho smiles

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Someone asked me this week and asked how I got all the children that I photographed to look so “moody & sad”.   I have a tone and a mood that I want to achieve in a proportion of the images that I shoot but I guess the upside is that we do have a lot of fun on shoots. This is how most of the shoot actually looks!

Photographing children is a process of patience, not for this model, she is fab! but this shoot involved a lot going off plan with some of the other models! It all came good in the end, work i’m editing now

I select certain images for my portfolio, but behind the scenes this is what’s happening!  A rare glimpse into the behind the scenes of children’s photography!!

leave first

 

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they say the one that leaves first protects themselves…. but what is that from?

Hair by Vicky Millington

 

1976

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The summer of ’76 was a heatwave. I never shoot with an era in place. I want my images to float in some kind of place in history.. but then sometimes a shoot just stops time and routes itself somewhere.

I’m so excited to shoot with these models again, they were a dream!

lunar

ak54photo-lunarThere are no lunar seas on the far side of the moon… maybe we are meant to see the interest?

the golden days

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The shoot is for Kiki Minchin’s Rebel Summer Jewllery collection.   It evokes the mood of the summer’s of my childhood.

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

affinity

affinity-ak54photoi’m being taught the meaning of this word through the paths that fate crosses through your life.  some lessons are so nice to learn

a residue of memory

ak54photo-residue-of-memorysome memories never disappear no matter how many days pass

 

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