Just over a month ago Gemma got in touch, a friendly message saying,”halloooo.” After a brief hiatus from modelling, Gemma was eager to update her portfolio and was drawn to the images on my website.
Naturally I invited her over to my ‘Livingroom Studio’ on the Isle of Wight to recreate some ideas she’d been nurturing in the back of her mind. We both agreed, high contrast monochrome images that were classic yet with a modern twist appealed. Which might surprise you when you look at the images below: in the end our favourite images were actually bright and airy, just like summer’s day. Photo shoots often happen like that – you start with one goal in mind and finish with something quite different.
I warned Gemma, portrait sessions are a lot of fun and can be quite spontaneous, time flies and the creative process becomes all-consuming. I had no doubt Gemma could handle it though, she’s easily one of the most versatile and hardworking models I know. She has great taste, and most importantly, wears clothes like a second skin.
“She’s very bright,” shares another photographer who’s also worked with Gemma, “She has a generosity of spirit that means people open up.”
There always seems to be *that girl* who manages to wear everyday clothes whilst projecting energy and refinement. Some might sigh or shrug off her enviable style, but let me tell you, Gemma works hard to craft her modelling skills. Like all great photographers and models, the harder they work, the luckier they seem to be.
When I greeting Gemma off the hovercraft, she looked incredible, but she’s got that rare ‘best-friend’ quality too: a perfect combination of class with a pinch of edge. She’s ‘girl next door’ with a twist of mystery, the focus of attraction on a busy Ryde seafront.
We gelled immediately and with four clicks of the camera we created the below portrait. Dark, moody portrait – tick. The start of a beautiful relationship; I can’t wait to work with Gemma in the summer.
Now, if you’ve made it this far and are feeling annoyed, “Yes, well done Mandy, it’s easy to photograph beautiful women.” You’re right. It is. But where my heart sings is showing non-models (*YOU*) how easy it is.
There’s not one right way to photograph everyday people; every session is a little different.
If you try and copy, imitate and plagerise ideas – you’ll get lost. That’s why selfies never really work.
Let me be your compass point, your road map and guide. Challenge yourself, ask which picture draws you in? Turn your dream into reality by booking me for your portrait session.
Ask yourself, with each and every photograph, what is your dream?
Often people ask if they should go out and buy new clothes. Don’t change your wardrobe: yes, choose outfits that that inspire, but most importantly, pick clothes that make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Protect yourself from making mistakes, you want to look at the photographs and remember *you*. Not some magazine inspired portrait that Gemma created for her modelling portfolio.
Let go of the idea that you can’t take beautiful photographs, it will limit your confidence and aspirations. Be selective about letting negative self-talk whisper in your ear, “you’re not star quality”. Just like Gemma, tell me what type of photographs you like and let me do the rest. My clever ways will create light-filled, bright and airy photographs that are flattering and elegant, all from the comfort of my living room.
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Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight