Sony A7III | Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 | f1.4 | 1/250 | ISO 125

OWN PRESET

How’s your portfolio looking? There’s a good chance that it could do with a little refresh, am I right? It’s been slim pickings in 2020 for us wedding photographers. So what can you do about it? Well last week, I did my first self motivated shoot for quite some time. I brought together a small team and hired some professional models. I just wanted to be create and to have some fresh content. I bloody loved the shoot but it really only looked so great as I could call on a professional stylist, MUA and florist. 

So if you are thinking that isn’t so easy for you but you still would love some fresh images, joining one of our Shoot Days is a terrific option. We do all the hard work for you, creating stunning set ups and making sure that you get a fair chance to direct and shoot the models. We keep the groups small so it never feels like a scrum and everyone can get what they need. 

During our last Shoot Day at the wonderful Chiddingstone Castle in Kent, Tom Aizenberg achived this beautiful image of Periesa using window light. We could only go into the room in pairs so it gave people a chance to think about their shot and how best to use their time. I love how Tom used the mirror and let the shadows frame her so that the expression becomes the focus.

Read Tom’s take on this shot below … 

What Tom said ...

“The Shoot Day was super fun, and was a great mixture of creative work and meeting awesome, like-minded people – which is an underrated part of these days. For this shot, we were given a short individual time slot with Periesa in this really cool bedroom to come up with something. 

When time’s short, my usual instinct is to try and really nail one shot, before then possibly trying something else after that – instead of trying a million things and rushing it. 

As soon as I came into the room, I knew that I wanted to use the window – specifically the light fall off – to create something thoughtful and introspective. I asked Periesa to face the window, and I came around so that I was parallel to the wall, as I didn’t want the brightness of the window to distract from the subject of the shot. Once I got there, I realised that a mirror on the wall was reflecting Periesa in an interesting way, and, as I had already been thinking that I probably needed to find a way to balance the frame, it was obvious that the reflection was the answer!

 I exposed for the highlights, and could see in the EVF how much that dropped the shadows into pure black, and asked Periesa to look down at her awesome bouquet, which was a nice touch of colour (My Lady Garden totally nailed it!) From there, it was just about slightly angling her so that the light fell in the right way on her face and clicking away!

In the edit, I applied my normal preset, but really emphasised the shadows, as I wanted the shot to be about Periesa as much as possible. I also painted out a gap in the curtains, and used graduated filters to direct the attention to where I wanted it to be.”