I’m so excited to share with you our first Feature Shoot blog post! The gallery on our website showcases a few photos from each shoot but these Feature Shoot posts will delve a little deeper, not only featuring unseen portraits but also a Q&A with the beautiful women photographed. Let’s get started.
It seems only fitting that our first Feature Shoot should also be my first glamour shoot.
Seventeen year old Sarah is the daughter of one of my fabulous friends. Knowing how beautiful Sarah is, I approached her asking if she’d model for me…but warned her it was my first shoot and anything could happen!
As with so many first shoots when you’re launching a new genre, this session felt a little disjointed. A little hacked perhaps. Did we get incredible results? Absolutely! But, apart from the make up artist I was trialing, nothing was polished and I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my work so that bothered me.
Nonetheless, I learned an important lesson from Sarah’s shoot…
As much as I might multi-task in my ordinary day to day life, when it comes to a shoot I am incapable of juggling a camera, reflector and hairdryer at the same time. Unless I grow an extra pair of hands. Which seems unlikely.
Enter centre stage, my already fabulous assistant Vicki who has now added another string to her bow as my shoot assistant. And what a difference that’s made.
Fast forward to our second glamour shoot just one week later and with that second pair of hands and a newly recruited make up artist, we were finely tuned and beautifully polished…which left the perfectionist in me very happy indeed.
Thanks so much Sarah for being a willing test dummy and for putting up with a photographer that probably came across as pretty inept at the time. Thank goodness the photos proved otherwise!
Here’s to the weekend!
What advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time?
I would tell her that being yourself is more important than what other people think.
What do you think about in your car?
I hope that my singing isn’t loud enough that the people in the cars around me can hear it. (But it probably is.)
What was the last gift you gave?
I bought a cheap pillow from Spotlight and hand-embroidered it for my best friend. I’d never done it before so it turned out a bit dodgy but she appreciated the effort.
What’s your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is a cat because we both like to sleep all day!
Something none of your friends know about you?
My friends have tried to plan a day of renting bikes and riding around the city but I always come up with an excuse because I can’t ride a bike!