A Wedding Dress Designer called Christine contacted me; as she had seen my Gumtree ad and asked me if I would like to shoot her friend who would be modelling her Wedding Dress designs, she is a start up project like myself and I could see it would benefit us both.
I jumped at the opportunity and it gave me an excuse to try my new Nikon 70-200 f2.8 lens, (I am such a lens geek sometimes) as well as the 24-70 f2.8 lens that I bought a couple of months ago.
Christine’s friend Rong, (please don’t go there with that joke) was really lovely, very pretty, looked well in the outfits and extremely easy to work with. We all met at Temple station on Saturday (Christine, her husband Anthony and Rong) and proceeded to walk to Inner Temple Gardens, it is a place I had driven past for many years without knowing it was there, an oasis of beautiful buildings and gardens that span back 300 years or more, where barristers and lawyers have their chambers. Being deserted at the weekend apart from a few tourists we had unobstructed space to shoot without people being in the background.
With Christine helping Rong change outfits and Anthony looking after the outfits and my camera bag and equipment, which left me free to shoot our model without looking over my shoulder all the time. We were lucky with the light and not too many shadows, which we took full advantage over the next 2 hrs. Moving the model from place to place and experimenting with her poses, remembering that this is to advertise the outfits not the model’s face as pretty as she is.
I am still trying to establish my own photographic style and feel and hopefully I am getting there, I tend to shoot close up to the models face but I am shooting further away from the model to include more of the background and make the photograph a more rounded image, but I am sure all that will come with time, and with more confidence and experience, with my calendar is getting fuller and fuller by the day I am hoping it will come quicker than I imagined.
I am also meeting a couple tonight to discuss their wedding early next month and have been booked to shoot a real live wedding on Thursday, whoopee, a genuine job and they are happy to pay me a days pay for it.