This is just a small selection of images I took of Jodie, she had a wedding dress and she wanted to create some artistic images, something a little bit different and I was up for the challenge.
I was using my canon 27-70mm lens and fairly long zoom and was managing the lighting with off camera flash in a soft box, and I was in the most amazing set location in Weymouth – there was a set with a stream punk feel, as well as another area that reminded me of a church doorway…
For me the shoot was about experimenting with light to create different moods and then trying to communicate that idea to the model – Jodie was great at grasping my ideas and running with them.
The same two locations above … with Jodie staying put, but as a photographer I moved my feet, my camera angle and my lighting to create a different feel to the image, trying to create a different story.
A different location within the studio, a dark space with a wall to lean on … when it came to editing thought there was all sorts of things in the background, so I choose instead to move her to a church yard and lean her against a grave stone and make her more ghostly … it was one of the images Jodie chose to keep from the shoot.
As I mentioned the shoot was about experimenting and creating ideas from the photos, taking a photo and turning it into something different…
Above is a straight out of camera shot in the studio doorway, Jodie offering her flowers, the roses are a simple of love but change the flower (see shot below) and you have a different feel – Lily’s are associated with death and dying … so the image has a different mood to it although the lighting remained the same… changing it to black and white in this case also effects the mood.
My favorite image from the shoot … this was taken in camera, with the fabric of the veil stretched out and Jodie pressings up against it, side lit with the light and I called it “trapped in marriage” – we talked whilst shooting the image about a baby being born and the veil being the sack and that the baby was trying to break free… in this case it is the bride trying to break free.