Archives for posts with tag: portraits

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.

411t5204ret 42

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

Here are a few images from my latest bridal wear fashion photography shoots that have been produced in Paris, Europe and the UK.

Looking forward to the next assignment for the UK bridal wear designer Lyn Ashworth hopefully during the early summer.

If you are a bridal wear or ladies couture fashions designer in Europe, especially Paris, I would love to shoot your next fashion collection either on location or in my studio which is based in Paris or on location at the Chateau de Clerac near Bordeaux or we can arrange a shoot production any where in Europe.

 

More samples of my fashion photography on my website:

Fashion or Nudes Photography Workshops

Fashion or Nudes Photography Courses

Fashion or Nudes Photography Master classes

If you are wanting to beak into shooting fashion or fine art nudes photography.  I have designed several photography courses, private fashion or nudes photography master classes, group photographers weekend photography workshops in fine art nudes or fashion photography,  online mentored how to shoot a fashion magazine editorial story course. Free fashion photography course.

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.

angela-preview

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.

Read more:

Paris fashion photographer and fine art nudes photographer Bruce Smith.

 

 

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

angela-preview bcs_2925ret2 p1100992ret-2 _DSC9902ret fashion-photography-books 3qwnszty

How to photography models.  Camera and lighting skills and tips for shooting models.

How to photography models. Camera and lighting skills and tips for shooting models.

Tell Me How I Lit This Images And Receive A Free Fashion Photography Course

 

 

He specialises in shooting high fashion photography assignments in Paris.

 

Bruce has loved Paris for as long as he can remember, stemming back to his first trip there on his honeymoon.

 

After producing many fashion photography shoots there, for which he has explored many areas around Paris, he decided it is time to base his fashion photography business there.

 

If your looking for an experienced professional with over 30 years of fashion shoot production assignments under his belt, get in touch, Bruce would love to hear about your next fashion shoot.

 

His main specialist genres of fashion are, haute couture, high profile bridal wear gowns, swimwear, lingerie and high fashion.

For his personal work Bruce loves to shoot fine art and erotic fashion and nudes.

He does accepts private commissions to shoot nudes and fine art boudoir portraits.

More information about commissioning Bruce to shoot your portrait, fashion, nude or boudoir portrait.

 

http://www.brucesmithphotographer.com/commission-fine-art-portraiture.html

 

Source: About Paris Fashion Photographer Bruce Smith

Want A Free In-depth 8 Lesson Fashion Photography Course?

 

Fill out our simple survey and receive our 8 lesson fashion photography course PDF’s completely free of charge.

My New Book Of Fine Art Fashion Nude And Portrait Images

My New Book Of Fine Art Fashion Nude And Portrait Images

Click The Book Cover To Buy Your Copy..

 

ibookad

 

Black & White Plus A Little Bit Of Colour At Apple iBookstore.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/black-white-plus-little-bit/id641974358?mt=11

My own bookstore:
http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/387099-black-white-plus-a-little-bit-of-colour

Watch Preview Of The Book.

%d bloggers like this: