Stacey…

It’s was becoming increasingly apparently that since returning home from South Africa, and subsequently working incredibly hard on the video, that my stills shooting hard taken a real back seat. Flickr and this blog especially were getting very neglected, and before too long I was starting to feel the urge to get shooting again. My portraiture project I’d been working on had also taken a back seat, and I was keen to get this going again. Among the list of potential victims models I had in mind was my friend Stacey. I’ve known Stacey for about four years now. She’s the wife of my good friend Phil (I even photographed their wedding) and I’ve been wanting to do a portrait session with her for a while. When I broached the subject with her she seemed really keen and after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing on both of our parts we finally managed to get a date nailed down to do it. I had a pretty cool concept idea for what I wanted to shoot with her, and I was really excited as the evening rolled around. Mother Nature however didn’t seem as keen as us though, and on the evening in question, we were treated to a steady downpour of rain. I was incredibly frustrated, but so excited to take some shots, we agreed to go with a contingency plan of doing some simpler portraits at Stacey’s flat. As it turned out, it was an incredibly successful evening! We did two or three different setups and I ended up with an abundance of shots which I was incredibly happy with (and which she was too!). Below are a few of my favourites from the evening…

Stacey was, unsurprisingly, a joy to work with. Very enthusiastic to try different things and even more helpfully for me, incredibly patient. I’m really looking forward to doing another shoot with her soon, and actually being able to try out my initial idea. It was probably a little foolish on my part to plan a fairly complexed outdoor shoot for the middle of December, but hey, why make life easy for yourself, eh?…

There wasn’t a huge amount of retouching to be done on these shots, but I after seeing a couple of other peoples before/after shots I thought it might be interesting to show a comparison of what I did do in Lightroom/Photoshop compared to a SOOC shot…

More to come soon. Doing these shoots seems to be as much an exercise in time/people management and organisation as anything else, but it’s all good fun!