Yesterday (Tuesday 15th) I met up with my friend Lizzie who agreed to be my female model/subject for The Portrait Element project. I started off with the formal portrait. Unfortunately the studios were booked solid so I hired out a quadra ranger light kit, that I had been inducted on the following week, so that I could set up a mini studio in my room. I had a few difficulties with it at first, turns out the pervious user had messed with it’s connection pins, making the lights rather temperamental at first but I soon got them working and we got to work. It was really easy working with Lizzie. I mixed the images between getting her to pose and catching her unaware to get some unexpected shots. We also tested out some silly poses.
Here is a contact sheet of some of the images:
After that, we headed out to get the rest of the shots. I decided to go to Gylly Beach, which isn’t far from where I live and is really lovely. I decided to go late afternoon as the sky had a nice grey-blue glow to it. The visibility of the day wasn’t great, but it was the only day we could do it.
Here is a contact sheet of some of the images from the beach:
Editing it down to just four is going to be the most difficult part, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do that better after the group display.
One picture that I will definitely be using is the bottom right, the one of Lizzie with the book from the reading list of her university course as the detail shot. I got Lizzie to look at me over the top of the book and I was careful to only get her eyes above the top and to make sure they’re in focus. I think that eyes are important in portraits and kept in mind the portraits of Steve McCurry, in particular the Afghan Girl 1984 photograph, whose picture have a particular emphasis on they eyes of his subjects.