This shoot started with me finding this dusky pink dress in a small vintage shop ‘Toil & Trouble’ Texas USA, after great communication with the owner it seemed that the dress was perfect for what I had on mind for my vintage period canvas style portraits with a dark background and pastel colours, but I also wanted to try a light style as well on the same day, in the form of a white water bath. Water is something I want to master so with an understanding that it is going to take time to learn by trial and error I thought we would have a go. I borrowed a swimming pool from a friend and between my sister and myself we came up with all sorts of things to make the water white, powdered milk was talked about, but after thinking I don’t really want to put anyone in a bath of dairy we decided on a bath product that worked really well.
I had some fresh flowers delivered by our local florist, ‘Hutton Florist’, they supply us with fresh and silk flowers for our shoots, they supplied me with some long flowers that if i’m honest, I have no idea what they were but, they were just stunning, with totally striking colours, the length of the flowers were great and gave the portraits some depth.
Jessica Hickey was brave enough to have a go at this shoot for me and arrived on time at 11.00 for us to pick her and her friend ‘gracie’ up from the station to start hair at 11.30 with Angela in the studio. Angela and myself studied a few different styles of hair I wanted it to be like, I chose a few styles from the period film ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and I think she got it right on the button with the style, I was really pleased with what Angela had created, it looked awesome! Lynee arrived an hour later to start makeup, I am always intrigued with the makeup part and love to watch the process.
We were joined by a young photographer on this day ‘Melody Fisher’ Melody has just won herself a place into Uni to study a photographic degree, we have been in communication for a few months and Melody has asked me to help her with a couple of things so I thought what better way than for her to come along and see what we do. The photography industry is a little tight, something I have learned along the way is that you have to just get on with it yourself, make the mistakes and learn the hard way. Melody being the great girl she is, took some behind the scenes shots for me and gave them all to me on disk and in return she took some portraits of my model for herself to have a play and edit with in her own time at home. Melody’s shots are in the montage at the side of this page – Thank you Melody, I wish you all the best and look forward to your flowering career in photography.
I am a sucker for dark portraits and loved the finals I had with Jess on the black background, it gave me a chance to create some nice straight forward sharp portraits of Jess as well as some artistic canvas style which I think we managed to capture quite well. The white water bath was a little different for me and something I still need to work on to improve, but I am determined to master it.
Here are three pictures that I have edited from the shoot, one basic edit and two canvas styles incorporating the black back drop and then the white water.
The one thing I love about photography is that its different on every shoot and trying to relate in an image to the circus in my mind is tough at times but, its all good fun isn’t it!
Thanks for reading <3 Sal xxx