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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.

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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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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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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.

Creating both mood and contrast using a one light set up.

Fashion Photography Lighting Tip Of The Week

As with most, if not all of my fashion lighting sets ups, I keep it simple but effective. 

A simple set up using one flash head, a small octa-lite or small soft box or a beauty dish can give you amazingly results.

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