The images we both shoot will always live on and on.
It’s very selfish of me I know.
WHY? because every student that I teach takes away a little of me and puts it into their images forever, so I have sort of immortality through these images
I´d like to mention Bruce Smith. Bruce is an amazing photographer and has been shooting high fashion for over 30 years.
His experience is sheer endless.
The below image is from one his recent fashion client shoots at a chateau in South West France.
I met Bruce in London in 2011 and we shot fashion and boudoir for four days.
I was absolutely impressed not only by his skills as a photographer, but also by his passion for all he does and his exceptional intellect.
Surrounded with an amazing team of models, stylist and MUA, I took this picture of the beautiful Katy McGee, she is an incredible model and loves what she does.
Whoever would like to become a high fashion photographer –
Bruce knows what it takes.
A fantastic location for shooting fashion photography stills, movies and TV.
or you can just come and relax, maybe take in the beauty of this amazing wine growing district in South West France.
There is accommodation for c20 to 30 crew along with full board catering available with local wines from the Bordeaux wine districts.
A recent bridal wear fashion photography campaign shoot for Lyn Ashworth was produced by Bruce Smith, fashion photographer from Paris at the chateau last month.
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As a fashion photographer I have spent my whole working life aspiring to work in Paris. My dream came true nearly 3 years when I first moved to Paris, France.
I love to create images of couture fashion designers gowns, bridal wear designers dresses, lingerie and swim wear, high fashion brands, fine art nudes, actors head-shots and a mixed genre of portraiture of people from a simple head shot portrait to highly styled fine art portraits or sexy boudoir images that really connect the subject with the viewer.
Have been shooting fashion, beauty, portraiture and people pictures for fashion advertising, fashion magazine editorials and commercial fashion clients look books, brochures and catalogues for many years in Paris, Bordeaux, Monaco, London, Milan and New York plus many other locations around the world.
To see my portfolio follow the link below.
“Bruce Smith Fashion Photography Shoot Production” supplies photographic project management, coordination and a full production services worldwide for advertising agencies, commercial fashion clients direct and fashion magazine editorial shoots. Tap into his decades of shoot production experience arranging everything from helicopters to sandwiches for your shoot.
Image above of Bruce sitting on the Island in the middle of Lake George, Gerdwood Alaska during a 2.5 week fashion photography shoot production for a luxury clothing and accessories client from Europe.
The production plan
1. Keep it uncomplicated.
Bruce aims to make his clients lives less complicated by foreseeing issues, tapping into his 40 years of shoot production all over the world from Africa to Alaska to Vietnam etc, solving problems and making sure everything happens when it is supposed happen. He and his team can handle every element of a your shoot production from initial concept, art buying, through casting models and talent, locations finding, set building and traveling to post-production and delivery of the final imagery.
2. Remember it’s personal.
Bruce believes that communication and a very personal service are top priority to every successful project, the keys to understanding the vision and interpreting the client’s brief, whether the client is a brand, an agency or an individual photographer.
From happy clients.
Bruce Smith is one of the most skilled photographers I have worked in my 40 years in advertising. His technical knowledge is second to none, he even writes books and lectures on the subject. But it’s his unbridled enthusiasm on every shoot that always delivers that special touch of visual magic.
Frank Walter (Creative Director at Pailing Walters Advertising)
We chose Bruce to work with us on a global advertising campaign for a retail client (Haagen Dazs ) because of his extensive experience and reputation as a high calibre international fashion photographer. Bruce’s attention to detail, energy and enthusiasm are second to none and the project was a great success from initial casting through to delivery of the final digital images. A true pro.
Peter Gibbons (Creative Director at Peter Gibbons Creative Identity)
Working with Bruce in NYC was certainly an amazing experience. He was fun, knowledgeable, and very professional. I highly respect him as an artist and person. I believe he would make a wonderful addition to any team or project.
Sidory Dan Perry (MUAH Artist New York)
3. Practice makes perfect.
For every project Bruce brings his 40 years of experience in managing shoot productions from the largest to the smallest shoot production, from sandwiches to helicopters to the tiniest of details.
Every production is supported by Bruce’s network of experts, all specialists in a host of skills and disciplines, that he calls up on to help fulfill the clients concept.
And that’s exactly what Bruce does.
5. Clients Bruce has produced fashion photography shoots for.
Sunseeker Swimwear: (Vietnam, Perth Australia and Borneo)
Boots Opticians: (London UK)
Lyn Ashworth Bridal Couture: UK.
Mainspring Fashion Mailorder: (Portugal, Scotland, Morocco, Thailand and Alaska)
Legend Swimwear: (Vietnam, Perth Australia and Borneo)
Bliss Magazine: (Tobago)
Arrabella Magazine: (London UK)
Margret Lee: (London UK)
Eleni Costi: (London UK)
Chanticleer: (Gloucester UK)
Charnos Lingerie: (London UK)
Panache Lingerie: (London UK)
Enigma Magazine: (London UK)
Inspo Magazine: (Liverpool UK)
Forte Hotels: (Paris France and Bahamas)
Sunday Magazine: (London UK)
Philippa Lepply Couture: (London UK)
Estes: (London UK)
Ellis Bridal: (London UK)
Pailing Walters Advertising: (London UK)
Sears Davies: (London UK)
Carlton Studios: (London UK)
Haagen Dazs Ice Cream: (London UK)
Plus many others.
In the words of a student of one of these wonderful fashion photography courses and fine art nude photography courses run by Bruce Smith. “Some things you just can’t learn from fashion or fine art nude photography How To Shoot Books, Youtube Videos or DVD’s”
I could have bought all the fashion and figure photography books on Amazon, and not learned what I did in a few days with Bruce, which he himself learned from decades of successful work in the industry. In September 2015 I joined Bruce in a chateau near Bordeaux, France for a four-day, one-to-one workshop in ‘sensual fashion.’
We had two models, an excellent hair and make-up artist, and a photogenic, characterful location. By the end, without doubt, the course had left an indelible mark on my stylistic development and competency as a photographer, for which I’m very grateful.
Bruce is obviously an accomplished photographer and renowned authority, but he is also an excellent instructor and personable coach—an invaluable combination. Much of what I learned from him was through his selflessly attentive coaching: unique feedback about how I performed in the situations he’d set up with the models, location and brief.
Irreplaceable and empowering, he broke down technical issues in straightforward language, and could immediately see and explain what I was doing and how it could be improved.
I grew a lot as a photographer over just a few days. By the end, he shadowed me on shots that I set up. I decided to take the course with Bruce to explore a part of photography I was interested in, but found very inaccessible looking at the sector from the outside.
Previously, I had started to professionalize my passion for photography, and eventually produced documentary photo essays that were later published.
As a journalistic style, this focused on observation and visual documentation of a social issue but wanting to develop in a different area of photography, to have beautiful images and to eventually become commercially viable, I looked to begin developing in fashion and figure photography.
However, my previous documentary photography skills were mismatched for fashion and figure. Any photographer can take a pleasing photo of a model, but it requires difficult development to much higher levels if you want to break through in the industry.
To generate and capture the life and story of a shot in fashion, lingerie or figure photography, which makes all the difference between strong but mediocre shots and first rate shots which the industry expects, demands different skills from which most photographers have or think about, which are neither innate nor obvious.
So, I wanted to learn directly from an expert.
After some time with Bruce, I understand these different skills, these powerful nuances, and now have a strong foundation to continue my professional and artistic development in this area.
I learned a lot about line, shape, form and tone—as one does in all photo workshops, but more importantly—and rarely—how to control the situation, the set, natural light and human energy, to produce stunning photographs.
We never once used a studio light throughout the course, focusing on natural light skills to build a better understanding of available light and how to use it to its best rather than too much emphasis on equipment.
I still have much photographic ‘testing’ ahead of me, but Bruce has guided me on the right path, and immensely grateful. The course setting was beautiful, and offered aspects for both studio and location shooting.
In a restored chateau outside Bordeaux, we shot mornings and afternoons inside and out, and had learning sessions in-between shots, over good coffee. The hospitality was excellent, and made the experience not only highly instructive, but also relaxing and pleasurable.
I have a busy and stressful job elsewhere in the world, so it was heartening to not only learn from a master of photography, but also to enjoy good food and wine, sunshine, woods for running, and a pool to relax by.
The chateau is owned by a young European family, who also live there with a range of pets and animals; the place brimmed with life, and they made me feel part of the family whilst I was there—from scrambled eggs on toast in the morning in the kitchen, right down to wine by the fireplace in the evening.
If you’re serious about starting to break into upper-industry standards of fashion, lingerie and figure photography, are open-minded, and time is precious.
I can highly recommend you learn fashion and fine art nude photography with Bruce in Clerac near Bordeaux, France.
Join this fabulous 2 days shooting bikini models on this group portfolio development shoot on the beach and at a stunning villa in Ibiza in September 2017.
You will be creating amazing sexy swimwear bikinil and fashion images, like those featured on Bruce’s website.
Bruce will be teaching you how to find the good available light and learning how to use it at its very best, bounce it, diffuse it, reflect it and manipulate it.
Bruce will be explaining the various textures of light how and where to use it.
Bruce has been shooting with available light for his many fashion clients assignments all over the world also on his personal fine art work for over 40 years, so you will be seeing exactly how it is done like before the age of digital retouching even started.