Megan's Studio Shoot

10th March 2018
Most of the studio style photography I get up to is for dance schools and involves me setting up my backdrop and lighting in a dance studio or community centre. The work is enjoyable and fun but with so many dancers to photograph I rarely have the opportunity to get as creative as I'd like. At times it can be like a production line with one dancer after another and when I do get a break between sets I find I need that time to refresh myself before anything else. It's still enjoyable work though.
I was contacted in January by the parent of one of those many dancers, Megan, who is starting to get into modelling and needed some great images for her portfolio. Happy to oblige but knowing my own skills would be limited by my usual set up my first priority was to find a studio I could hire and happily came across Loud and Flashy Studio in Ashington.
With the studio space booked I met with Megan and her mam, Emma, on a cold February afternoon before heading into the warm studio. Megan may be new to modelling but she brought with her some changes of costume and plenty of enthusiasm. We started the shoot on a plain white backdrop with high key lighting which allowed us time to get comfortable working together.

As the shoot progressed Megan went for a change of costume and I used the time to change backdrop and lighting, going for a lower key black backdrop at first. With more great shots in the can I switched to an urban look by using gels to allow the studio lights to cast different colours onto a corrugated steel backdrop

As megan began to feel more relaxed we took a little time out for some hair styling, continued with the urban look for a while then returned to high key setting

By the end of the shoot we had a great selection of images from which Megan has now chosen her favourites.
Whilst I like to keep the pace going I'll always allow models time to relax and look their best.
Of course you don't need to be an aspiring model to look great in front of the camera and the lighting I used in this shoot can be used for any portrait session. With a little imagination there are so many possibilities.

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