Nature in the summertime is the absolute best
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 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!!
I 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)!
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!
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!
The shoot is for Kiki Minchin’s Rebel Summer Jewllery collection. It evokes the mood of the summer’s of my childhood.
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.
The 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.
I get asked a lot of questions about my photography. This is a full shoot, as was presented to my client. My style is a fusion of fashion & fine art. This was a portraiture commission, that I styled and shot in natural light at sunset. Something that is not that common in Manchester in September!