Megan’s is a highly-acclaimed dancer, performer and friend who inspires her pals to be true to themselves, explore their creativity and enjoy life to the full. Her expertise comes from years of practice and the support of a loving family, in a short time she’s mastered the art of grace, dignity and integrity with whoever she’s working with. Hence this FB post here……
I can’t lie, the journey to my first inaugural workshop in Ryde Aspire was a path strewn with hurdles. Reaching out to Megan, asking her to model for me, the results are a delight and we finished the mentoring session on a high (+ a promise to meet again in the summer.)
You see, stepping beyond your fear isn’t easy, but beyond the pain is everything you want: stylish portraits, effortlessly captured and produced with refined elegance. Megan and her mum took a risk to meet with me; all it took was a quick phone call and hastily packed bags bursting with the perfect outfits. I’m thankful they trusted me to capture Megan’s beauty, discovering I’ve photographed a number of dance friends was a pleasant surprise (let’s face it, the Isle of Wight is small community).Time is always a consideration, and Friday morning is always busy for everyone, the weekend is looming and there’s precious little space in the day beyond chores, deadlines and commitments. Luck was on our side, as Megan’s family had a cheeky little window and were able to meet with me at short notice.Based on Megan’s IG following, I think she’s something of a trend setter, with lots of admirers urging her forward, applauding her maturity and blossoming dancing career. It’s wonderful to watch the confidence that shines from my model’s faces as they realise the photo shoot is going to be easy (and fun). I think it’s my natural talent at guiding, supporting and nudging in a quiet, understated way that makes all the difference.
Leading the way with her creative vision, Megan’s worked with a number of photographers on the Island. Each time, she’s learnt a little more, pushed herself a little further and always produced portraits that shine with her enthusiasm, optimism and artful interpretation of the photographer’s brief.For this portrait workshop, I created a mentoring session that looked at posing, rapport and simple lighting that is easy to reproduce for beautiful results. On the sidelines just two people watched quietly, trembling fingers reveal my nerves under their scrutiny; normally I create a little cocoon or intimate bubble between myself and my model. It’s how I create expressive portraits that generate genuine smiles.Summer is on the horizon and my portrait workshops are already in the pipeline. Ask me anything about these photographs and if there’s something you’re interested in learning, contact me to book a mentoring session in August.
Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight
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