Award winning studio portrait

I’ve never entered a photography competition before, mostly out of fear and lack of confidence in hearing what others think of my work. Jess from busy bees photography suggested that I submit an image I created from our photography group last month, an image that I loved the moment I created it, to the monthly national photographic society.

Sceptical at first I submitted it anyway, telling myself that it didn’t matter what anyone thought as long as I loved it!

I received a highly commended award and I couldn’t be happier. It’s given me such a buzz and I would encourage everyone to just push yourself out there, it can do you the world of good and it’s so motivating to create something new! If I can do it, you can!

Red head portrait in low key studio portrait and edge lighting

Photography Alevel Work

With things getting slightly on top of me I took the time to look back at some old work, work that I’m still to this day not sure how to feel about, but have been encouraged to share. I know this is personal but I’ve always felt self conscious about my portfolio, and anxious about how others may perceive it but as it’s a Thursday I thought I would keep up with the tradition of Throwback Thursday and share some little bits.

These two were from my first Unit on my college course, a topic based on Urban Landscape and of course, me being me I managed to distort the criteria to suit my love for portraiture. Moving around busy London, being shoved in all different directions, caught in the atmosphere and a lady doing a “duck face” in Carnaby Street made for an interesting day and some real characters.

Street photography style portrait of a woman waiting to cross the road in london

 

For those of you that don’t know me, being subtle isn’t my greatest talent so the image above was made even more special by the subject’s attention elsewhere. And who doesn’t love people watching anyway?

Within my Second Unit, I chose to look into pattern, another distorted topic with parts inspired by De Joode’s Wallpaper designs with the help of some lovely models.

 

wallpaper pattern using repeated portraits as a patternwallpaper pattern design using a studio portrait session

These two were to develop my studio skills, the one below being my first attempt at Medium Format Film processing. The quality of 120mm film shocked me, I loved and loathed it, the quality was fantastic as well as the new method I was learning, but the negative sure picked up any dust it could find! This shot of Dannielle was my favourite, after three attempts of removing dust there was only a little speck, but with time gathering dust in my portfolio the shot isn’t as clean as it was, and yet its still one of my favourites.

Medium format film portrait of woman

Further experimentation in the studio got us to work with Shadow Portraits, a fun alternative to the 18th-century Silhouettes.

 

shadow portrait of side profilesilhouette portrait of woman waving

50’s Gangster Themed Photoshoot

I have been completely overwhelmed with the number of reactions I got from The Photography Show post, especially when Rankin tweeted to me, I just couldn’t believe it. So thank you to you all that read it, and even more thanks to those that have come back for more! I was very disappointed that I don’t think I have enough photos for you all to see, so here’s some!

A few weeks ago I collaborated with a few of my friends for their media coursework, a composition to go towards a “1980’s gangster concept but in a 1950’s style”, and they have kindly given me permission to share my favourite photo’s with you all. I was very lucky to have a model, George, that listened to me and came up with some really great compositions.

However, if I had to learn something from this shoot it would keep it simple. Simple works, matches, fire and booze bottles do not, well not for a small set up in your living room anyway.

I hope you like them, I use more than one flash box occasionally, promise, but you can’t beat a bit of edge lighting in my opinion.

Gangster style portrait of male model with fedora in black and whiteLow key portrait of man with fedora

Low key edge lighting black and white portrait of male fedora

Body Image Photography Project

I thought I would start my official posting with a couple of throwbacks, as it’s Thursday. These are mostly my favourites from the past year of A Level, if you have any comments please let me know! (Please note: suggestive nudity)

So these were my first shoots for my A Level Unit 3: Personal investigation. I started looking into women’s body image and how we all feel about ourselves, as a baseline for my unit. I was very lucky to have the gorgeous company of Danni, who I ran up to with the idea of getting her to “strip back” thinking she would say no, but instead she was full of beans for the idea. This filled me with fear knowing I had her trust and I was basically telling her to take her top off in the college studio, which was terribly awkward when we heard a bellowing laugh from the next room, but after I was so happy about how they turned out, and how much fun we had.

black and white body image from behind

I then went on to focus on our opinions of ourselves, even the more obscure ones. Like, you hear “I’m feeling fat today” quite a lot, which I worked with, but also when do you hear someone hating their body for being too skinny? It’s hidden more. (These are just my opinions that sparked my inspiration, no offence intended.)

So as a result I graffiti’d all over Danni’s body, poor girl, and used the same low key set up. (I do love my shadows!)

  Body image of tape measure around stomach

Eerie and dark studio portrait

The one below then became my favourite and one of my final pieces for the Unit.

Body image low key body portrait of the back of body

nude portrait of red haired model with low key studio lighting

Hello

Low key black and white self portrait in studio holding camera

So I’m Beth, and this is the blog I’ve decided to start, involving all things photography, whether that’s my images, crazy ideas or even just what I’ve been up to.

I studied Photography A-Level after loving cameras from an early age, being surrounded by the film compacts and 6×4 prints of everyday antics in the late Nineties and early Noughties as well as other inspirations I will divulge in another post.

I found as I grew up that I love people, especially after studying Psychology as well, and that quickly became apparent in my coursework, focussing mostly on Portraiture. (The only genre that was actually successful and enjoyable to me!) I love the studio and location shoots, whatever works for what I and my model want to achieve, which is where I’m very lucky by knowing lots of people who are, usually, creative and understanding to what we are working towards. (Unless it’s completely unrealistic and unachievable!)

After finishing my A Level Photography course six months ago I’ve suffered hugely with Photographer’s block, finding it hard to come up with new ideas, or even keeping motivated with a shoot. This is where this blog comes in!

I want to start it to try to keep motivated, keep my thoughts/ideas organised and also share my photo’s with anyone and everyone that’s reading this.

Please feel free to leave any feedback, advice and ideas that you think might work!

See you soon!

Beth.