Monday, 29 February 2016

Bridal Editorial Shoot

I was recently asked to assist on a shoot with the photographer that I worked with on my placement year: Kellianne Chandler Photography.
It was a bridal editorial test shoot, with quite a big team involved including make up artist, hair stylist, model, and even a florist!
The model was from Industry Models and was great to work with as were the rest of the team! The shoot was on location at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester which is also rented out as a wedding venue, so it's a great place to do a bridal editorial test!
Here are some behind the scenes shots from the day!

Sunday, 21 February 2016

An Interview with Lili Autumn

1.  Tell us about yourself.

My name is Lili Autumn, I live in Leeds and I studied commercial photography at the University of Huddersfield. I'm now a practicing photographer focusing on fashion and beauty photography. 

2.  How would you describe your practice as a photographer?

My practice is inspired by film, art and sex. My life is dark, I love black and skulls, I like to portray my personality within my photographs but keep it bright so that the viewer doesn't notice your morbid thought process. I love the cinematic, robotic pose I ask my models to create. I also like to keep it secretly seductive. 

3.  How did you get into this?

Originally, I wasn't a fan of fashion photography but studying commercial photography changed me. Live briefs meant that I researched designers such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. I fell in love with the creativity behind it all. Westwood is such a bad ass and McQueen portrayed his demons in his designs. I soon realised that fashion isn't about being pretty, it's about expressing your thoughts. Fashion photography is all about projecting the ideologies of a brand. As an educated art lover, I find this practice intellectual as opposed to the common belief that fashion photography is only skin deep. 

4.  What equipment/ software do you use?

I'm a Nikon girl. I'm trained in most Adobe programs (InDesign, Lightroom etc) but Photoshop is my favourite. I have also started using Capture One because it's quite standard to know how to use this in the industry.

5.  Any tips for practicing fashion/ editorial photographers?

It's not about conforming, be inspired but stay original.

6.  Tell us about your modelling.

I started modelling 9 years ago for a hairdresser. It's been a hobby of mine ever since. I focus mostly on fashion but I'm stretching into lingerie and pinup now that I'm a bit older and more confident. I often help out on set when I'm modelling and vice-versa when I'm shooting. 

7.  What's next?

I'm currently looking at Masters degrees in various areas. I'm undecided as to whether I want to study fashion photography or broaden my horizons into design.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

My First Experience of Medium Format

Recently I have been experimenting with different mediums of photography.  I decided to try out a medium format camera as I thought the quality of film would really suit my project.

I also wanted to try out a new way of photographing my chosen project, and incorporate landscape into it.  Instead of focusing just on the character in a portrait image, I tried out this way of bringing in the place associated with the character, and connecting character to place.

I also absolutely loved the process of using film and not knowing what the images look like until they're developed.  It makes the images seem more special and you don't take the shots for granted like you would on a digital camera!