Yesterday, I did a lovely shoot with a daughter and mother for Libelle. Check back soon for the result of this summery photoshoot.
Modelling is difficult. Most of the pictures were me looking apathic, mad, very mad, or just bored.
Annemarie Sint Jago
I got a free winter hat. Well, in the case I was going to put a link in my blog (AnnemarieSintJago.nl) directing at the webshop in question.
So I decided that writing about winter hats is not really interesting (Ooo, what a nice warm hat…), and instead, I turned to photography (what else). It seemed like a good way to find out whether it’s possible to make good portraits without any extra (flash) lights, or if it’s time to buy some studio stuff.
I found out a lot of things:
- The place at my parents house (where I’m living at the moment) had no walls free of paintings or whatever, except for my own little room. So I stumbled over all the shit in my room, chairs were falling down, and I almost knocked over my camera. What I realised: you need space, a lot of space.
- Using my flash in a small room isn’t a good idea. Especially when the roof is very low. And when you can’t detach your flash from your camera. I need extra gear, I realized. But I was still up for the challenge.
- A daylight lamp can provide a solution. I bought this one a few years ago to tackle the winter blues—which I by mistaken thought I had at some point in my life—but this lamp proved itself to be a visual life saver.
- You need to put a lot of make-up at the model’s face (in this case: my face, which I’m not used to). Otherwise, the model appears to wear no make-up at all. Which wasn’t what I had in mind.
- Modelling is difficult. Most of the pictures were me looking apathic, mad, very mad, or just bored.
Fortunately, a few pictures survived the selection process:
Next challenge: dresses!
A small vintage shop in Baarn, Enzovoort, organised a fashion show last Saturday. So, because of my plans to explore the versatility of photography further, I armed myself with my camera to capture models on the catwalk.
…only the catwalk was pretty small (therefore no pictures of models walking elegantly with one foot in front of the other).
…and the catwalk was partly bordered by walls (resulting in undesirable shadows).
…and the heating pipelines were on these walls, staring annoyingly over the models’ shoulders right into my lens.
…and there were three types of light at the same time: day light, some sort of spot and my flash (thus: in one picture the model’s skin colour is both blue-ish and reddish).
…and there was no room to keep some distance from the catwalk, so I needed to shoot from a wide-angle (meaning: distorted legs and other limps)
So, my perfectionistic self wasn’t pleased. But my other self—the “hey-guys-I-took-some-shots-of-you-that-you-might-like-and-want-to-use-as-your-new-profile-picture-self”—was content. Because it was fun and the atmosphere was great.
Check the photo’s here.