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Themed photoshoots and why they matter

The every day grind can generally get you! Greater than as soon as, after an enhancing binge for days on finish for consumer work, my thoughts wanders over to my protected place — that stunning land of themed shoots the place I’m calling all of the pictures and nobody even wants to love the output.

Actually, in the course of the busiest months, I’ll strive my finest to sneak my favourite fashions, make-up artist and stylist into the studio and collaborate on one thing completely spontaneous and inventive. It virtually at all times begins with a easy dialog about themes we’ve at all times needed to shoot or how a number of of us is feeling. As soon as we’ve established a narrative construction we’re off to the races on which hair and make-up appears to be like will assist the story finest, what sort of styling places an exclamation level on the shoot and definitely, if the lighting must be edgy or tender and eccentric — and, sure I really like each!

Character growth is essential within the themed shoots our studio produces. Who’re our topics? What are their personalities? What are we attempting to convey by the mission? How do we would like our viewers to really feel? Even the end work on the imagery all factors again to the central theme/story we’ve created collectively.

On the Edge

So why does any of this matter? It’s straightforward to really feel such as you’re at all times caught working for another person, maintaining it industrial and clear. Typically getting your palms soiled, attempting tough angles with non-typical lenses or grungy lighting with new-to-you methods ignites a contemporary ardour permitting us to tug the pictures out of us that we might have by no means identified had been there all alongside.

Woman on Fireplace


On this shoot, we explored some concepts about how grungy we needed issues to look and took our make-up and styling to the edgy facet. What an superior time we had creating the session! Our studio boasts a grimy little closed-off alley between our constructing and the constructing subsequent door. Anytime have an acceptable shoot to make use of it for we’re all in. We named this shoot Fairly Punk’n Aggressive. We stayed true to the theme all through your complete shoot and added some canned environment, coloured gels and even some precarious dangling from the hearth escape to create a temper that none of us will ever overlook.

Step out of your consolation zone. Shoot one thing you’ve by no means photographed earlier than. Add a bit of angle. Push your boundaries. It actually does offer you an instantaneous degree up!

The entire photographs on this shoot had been photographed with the Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II and the Profoto B1-X Location kit. My favourite picture from the shoot is the one on the hearth escape, shot with the M.Zuiko 7-14mm Pro f/2.8.

Hair & Make-up: @makeupbysalik
Fashions: @_leagho, @allylowery, @chlocoapuff

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