December is going to be a month of preparing for Christmas, (my favourite time of the year), and learning new skills. Since I was a little girl I’ve been obsessed with fairy-tales and thought initially that I’d be an artist, bringing my imaginative stories to life through watercolour. Sadly my watercolour skills and ability to translate my ideas to paper failed miserably! But then I came across a couple of fine art photographers who specialise in composite photography. There work has rekindled the flame to create my inner world. So my project for December is to produce a fine art composite photograph which, if good enough, will hang on my wall. I have no idea how it will go but what I have learnt in a few days about digital manipulation of a photograph is incredible and what that will bring to my wedding work is so very valuable. Although not a composite photograph, this is my first fine art photography attempt. I love how painterly it looks and feel the mood draws you to wonder what has caught her attention in the distance – it makes me very excited to see how my December project will go…..
Why I don’t use professional models for wedding styled shoots…to be honest I love working with people, especially women, who don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera. There is nothing more rewarding than making a women who is inexperienced in front of the camera look like she has just walked into a vogue shoot, or a wedding styled shoot that you see on a high end wedding blog. I’m not going to lie, its not always easy, and finding solutions that will help capture the results I want takes time and perseverance, but the end results are hugely rewarding for all involved.
Another reason is practice. Although there is much to gain from using professional models…they know there light, how to work their muscles (even facial expressions), how to move and pose. As a photographer who is working with non professionals on a weekly basis I find working with people who aren’t confident in front of the camera, don’t know how to find light, have no idea how to move, hugely beneficial to improving my skill set, especially for a wedding day where time is limited and couples can feel very awkward. Knowing simple ways to keep things moving and fluid is much easier for couples and brides who are camera shy. I have found the more you are involved in a pose the more awkward it becomes and will often look stiff and unnatural – something I am always trying to avoid.
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