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 At last after 16 years working on this project its about to begin

In November 2017 I will be traveling to Zimbabwe for the first leg of my teaching children in Africa photography project so they can express their lives through their own eyes with pictures taken by themselves. And hopefully in the future setting a permanent photography school that provides photography training on a scholarship basis to children from all over Africa.

If you are interested in more detailed information please contact me directly via the message link below.

How you can help make this project a success

I am looking for sponsors to help towards the expenses for this trip and for sponsors with digital cameras and some practical equipment needed for the project. If you are in a position to help in any way get in touch via the direct message link below.

 To raise the initial expenses for this trip I will be creating portraits of the attendees of a Qoya retreat being held in Zimbabwe whilst I am there in November 2017 but as you can imagine this will only cover a small part of the cost. See how you can help below.

Making a cash donation

You can donate money, any amount that you want, every little bit helps. There will be a rewards scheme as a thank you for your donations that are above £10 by way of gifts of limited edition prints or books with images taken during the project as well as vouchers to the value of your donation towards my photographic workshops, courses and master classes tuition fees.

Help by booking a fashion photography shoot or booking photography training

If you book me for a fashion shoot or private portrait session or you book me for a two day one 2 one photography master class, I will donate 50% of the tuition or shoot fee that you pay towards this first trip to Africa.  Please share this with any body that you think would like to get involved.

 

Bruce Smith

 Bruce is also a fine art nudes, erotic and boudoir nudes portrait photographer that shoots his fashion, fine art and fashion nudes photography on location around the world or in studios in and around Paris, Bordeaux, Monaco and London. His favorite place to both shoot and hang out is by his Paris studio in Abbess and the coffee houses of Montmartre.

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Images that leave the viewer with feelings of seeing into and believing in the story created by the photographer and his or her creative team takes a great deal of personal and technical skills.

The best way to learn these personal and technical skills needed to create amazing images of people is to learn these skills directly during live classes, courses or workshops with a people photographer that already achieves what it is that you want to achieve in your own images.

Interested in learning more about these facts, check out the one 2 one photography training in shooting fashion and fine art nudes with published fashion and fine art photographer Bruce Smith the author of several best selling books on how to shoot fashion plus books of fine art nudes, portraits and fashion photography.

 

 

 

READ MORE ABOUT ONE 2 ONE PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING WORKSHOPS COURSES AND MASTER CLASSES IN CREATING FASHION AND OR FINE ART NUDE IMAGES

One of the shrewdest investments I’ve made in my photography training was a residential workshop with fashion photographer Bruce Smith, author of Pro Digital Fashion Photographyand Black and White.

Inspired by ground-breaking greats like Cecil BeatonNorman ParkinsonDavid BaileyHorst P. HorstIrving Penn and Richard Avedon, Bruce is a master of location, light and story-telling – and is especially known for his great directing rapport with models.

I booked his workshop as the ultimate ‘sink or swim’ experience – to stretch my skills to the limit and find out what I could really achieve under pressure, and in the company of other students who I suspected would have far more experience (and kit!) than me. (And they certainly did!)

Working with Bruce in a live shooting scenario at privately-owned stately home Prestwold Hall, with top designers, couture fashion pieces and a pro team of models, styling, make-up and hairwas a real eye-opener for me into the planning and mechanics of a successful commercial shoot.

Bruce is an expert in how to put together and manage a productive, creative team.  His 35 years of experience in the industry have taught him how to bring all the elements together and plan ahead, but then to think on the fly and solve problems quickly and efficiently when things (inevitably) do not go quite as expected.

I learned so much on this workshop – identifying all the gaps in my knowledge.  Finding my own weak spots helped me to gain hugely in confidence, as I knew what areas to work on in the future to help me improve.  The most important thing was to trust in myself and have faith in my ideas.

I proved to myself that it is definitely not all about the kit, when my shots were picked up and published by designers SparklewrenJacq Brill, and Chantal Mallet and selected by Belinda Chorley of Beyond Burlesque to feature in an ad in Brides Magazine.

It was so exhilarating yet nerve-wracking to be stretched, working alongside other photographers with so much more experience than me.  I have continued to be inspired by the meteoric career progress of fellow students including Brazilian-born glamour photographer Eveline Bueno, Brighton & Hove wedding photographer Vicky Lamburn and Kuwait-based beauty photographer and retoucher Adnan Kamal.

Bruce’s tips on idea generation, location scouting, shot-planning, set lighting, vibe creation, flow-posing and rapport-building come with me on every shoot I’ve done since.

Find out more about his unique workshops at the Bruce Smith Academy.

How it is done two:

Deconstructing Paris fashion photographer, Bruce Smith’s fashion photography lighting techniques.

How I created the fashion photography lighting technique for shooting natural looking  artificial light mixed with daylight that you can not tell were lit with flash.

With the exception of Image 3, for which the flash failed to go off for this shot, so there is just the available light exposure showing,

I rather like it but the image was quite underexposed so a little grainy but still charming effect.

Flash power on all 5 heads was set on lowish output to give me a flash meter reading of F4 from the models face, the meter pointing towards the camera position and on low power so the flash recycle time is short.

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Re creating late afternoon or early morning sunlight lighting with flash: Read more:

Bruce loves to capture the inner sensuality of his female subjects in his fine art nude portrait photography from which he creates beautiful photographic works of art that  reflect the deepest feminine sensuality and sexuality.

He is only available by special appointment to create these genres of photography, either at his home studio in a stunning French Napoleonic chateau near to Bordeaux, or at the studios and locations that he loves in Paris, St Tropez, Monaco, Ibiza, London, St Morritz or in Marbella.

It is possible for Bruce to come and photograph your loved one or you in your own home or at any location around the world that suits you.

Bruce specialises in fine art nudes also in photographing high fashion, couture, bridal wear, lingerie and swimwear photography assignments at some amazing locations around the world for some top names in fashion, including shooting super models and movie stars.

Listen to interviews with Bruce Smith: Interview One: Up close and personal. Interview two: An in depth talk about Bruce’s fine art photography book “130k words in pictures”

Bruce would love to capture the inner beauty of yourself or your loved one, so why not take advantage of his creativity and his many years of photographic experience and commission Bruce to shoot your fine art nude portrait for you.

We provide sensual fashions for our clients shoots all created by special request from some of the top erotic lingerie and fashion designers in Paris. Our team of fashion stylist and hair and make up artists will help with creating the looks and erotic fashion wardrobe selection for your fine art nudes photography session.

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 See more images and about erotic fine art nude portrait photographer Bruce Smith

A chauffeur driven limousine can be arranged for transfers from and to Bordeaux airport or Saint Jean railway station, please advise when booking if you require this service.

Photographic session fees vary slightly for a full days shoot at the chateau studio near to Bordeaux. There will be extra fees to cover any post production processes needed to produce your finished fine art nude prints and framing also for the creative team members that will be working with you such as our fashion stylists and hair and make up artists.

Please see prices page for booking and typical day rates and image finishing and styling team costs involved in producing your erotic fashion or fine art nude photography portrait.

The shoot fees include accommodation (full board), a fabulous breakfast, lunch and dinner with champaign and lovely local wines for up to 2 people staying in a shared room for one night at the chateau.

If you wish him to travel to your home or any location around the world there will be travel time, travel expenses and accommodations costs.

Please contact Bruce directly to talk through your fine art nude portrait photography shoot at b.s@mac.com or telephone +447904485253.

 

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One of the shrewdest investments I’ve made in my photography training was a residential workshop with fashion photographer Bruce Smith, author of Pro Digital Fashion Photographyand Black and White.

Inspired by ground-breaking greats like Cecil BeatonNorman ParkinsonDavid BaileyHorst P. HorstIrving Penn and Richard Avedon, Bruce is a master of location, light and story-telling – and is especially known for his great directing rapport with models.

I booked his workshop as the ultimate ‘sink or swim’ experience – to stretch my skills to the limit and find out what I could really achieve under pressure, and in the company of other students who I suspected would have far more experience (and kit!) than me. (And they certainly did!)

Working with Bruce in a live shooting scenario at privately-owned stately home Prestwold Hall, with top designers, couture fashion pieces and a pro team of models, styling, make-up and hairwas a real eye-opener for me into the planning and mechanics of a successful commercial shoot.

Bruce is an expert in how to put together and manage a productive, creative team.  His 35 years of experience in the industry have taught him how to bring all the elements together and plan ahead, but then to think on the fly and solve problems quickly and efficiently when things (inevitably) do not go quite as expected.

I learned so much on this workshop – identifying all the gaps in my knowledge.  Finding my own weak spots helped me to gain hugely in confidence, as I knew what areas to work on in the future to help me improve.  The most important thing was to trust in myself and have faith in my ideas.

I proved to myself that it is definitely not all about the kit, when my shots were picked up and published by designers SparklewrenJacq Brill, and Chantal Mallet and selected by Belinda Chorley of Beyond Burlesque to feature in an ad in Brides Magazine.

It was so exhilarating yet nerve-wracking to be stretched, working alongside other photographers with so much more experience than me.  I have continued to be inspired by the meteoric career progress of fellow students including Brazilian-born glamour photographer Eveline Bueno, Brighton & Hove wedding photographer Vicky Lamburn and Kuwait-based beauty photographer and retoucher Adnan Kamal.

Bruce’s tips on idea generation, location scouting, shot-planning, set lighting, vibe creation, flow-posing and rapport-building come with me on every shoot I’ve done since.

Find out more about his unique workshops at the Bruce Smith Academy.

Taking the big steps to becoming a professional photographer can be a scary step to take.

A question we often ask ourselves: Am I good enough to learn how to become a professional fashion photographer?

We all carry fashion-photography-booksfears and doubts about our abilities that can and do often stop us from fulfilling our dreams.

I have created my photography courses, workshops and master classes to  help you to build the confidence that you need in yourself and give you the professional skills and industry knowledge that you need to get you ready to take the big step to your dreams that many of my former photography courses students have already taken.

My First Fashion Photography Shoot Assignment

I took the image bellow during my first commissioned paid fashion shoot in 1983.  I was terrified but I over came the fear and have never looked back. The responses to this image are still creating work for me today.

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Image was shot with available light coming through windows right reflected back onto models side with 4x4ft white poly-boards at 11am in an east facing ball room in the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.

Camera: Bronica 645

Film: FP4

Client: Helen Anderson

Model: Angela Saron (did her own make up)

Published in: Avant Guarde Fashion Magazine

If I had not taken the step in 1983 who knows where I would be now but I can tell you there is no journey I would like to take instead of the journey of fashion photography that has been my life for 40 years.

 

Fear of being good enough:

A big problem we often have is the fear of being good enough, a feeling that most of us have felt. Have you ever asked yourself, Am I good Enough?  I say you are.

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