Way back in 2012, we did a shoot for Bristol based hairdressers AKA. A few weeks before the shoot Chloe-Jasmine and I headed up to meet Richard at the salon to plan the shoot. Richard asked if we could shoot in the Salon it’s self, after we checked some ideas we agreed and got to work planning the shoot.
The shoot was for the L’Oreal colour trophy and promotional images among other things. Shooting in such a confined locations did mean some interesting lighting settings and also meant being portable and efficient with space. We used a low power strobe as a main light and mixed that with a SB910 speedlight modified with an Orbis ring flash. As the element of colour was of great importance, we used the Sigma SD1 camera and the razor sharp Sigma 105mm lens. The Sigma is an interesting camera but really is a superb camera in a controlled environment such as this.
Paul and I were up at 5am and headed to Bristol, we meet up with the rest of the team and got to work setting up. Shooting in the confined space with prep going on right next to use was unusual but fun.
Since it is a while ago that the shoot actually took place, I have edited up a couple of new photos from the day. A huge thank you for every who took part and helped. There must of been at least 15 people in the salon at one point. A long busy day, but we got stunning results due to all the hard work put in.
Make up by: Chloe-Jasmine Whichello & Sarah Lou Thomas
Film Footage by: Paul McKelvie
I think this is true for every photographer, artist or anyone of a mind for beautiful things in the world; there is something very powerful about nudity, yet we all see it in a different light. We all have our views and moral standings, we all have our options and tastes. What is important to see is your views should not impact on other peoples. I feel that if you are going to shoot any sort of nudity you should be aware of the many different message that people could read from the images you are making. When shooting nudes we have to think of the audience and the environment where these photos will sit. We have to think how we might effect the viewer.
Some of the very first photographs were of nudes, I think the story goes as much as the moment man had created the camera, he had got a lady from the local bar to pose nude for him. The interest in the female form as a thing of beauty is undeniable one of the most amazing things ever. Sex sells and beauty sells. The two combined have created some of the most impacting inspiring images ever. Done in the correct way, Art Nude photography is a thing of beauty and wonder.
Here is some of my nude and fashion nude work from my trips to Tuscany. Twice I have travelled to Tuscany for both work purposes and pleasure. These shots are from 2010 and 2011 while assisting with Bryon Paul McCartney during his Tuscan workshops.
These shots are a mixture of Hasselblad, Canon and Nikon cameras using a whole bunch of different.