Alternative, Beauty, Cosplay, Fashion, Lingerie, Nude, Pinup, Portrait, Swimwear and Topless
I'm a Hobby Photographer from Limerick Ireland.
At the moment I'm pretty much useless to traveling models doing tours or looking for work.
I lack my own studio space, I don't drive
I cant host travelling models (small home no spare room with Wife & a daughter with special needs)
Once I've my mortgage paid off I plan on building a small 6x4m garden room/studio out my back garden in the next 2-3 years that I can hopefully one day use for shoots.
All work on my portfolio has been achieved with the help and collaboration of a fellow photographer Paul Askins, Paul has a home studio, Loads of equipment and wardrobe and most importantly has an endless stream of ideas for shoots. Sometimes he's invited me to collaborate with him and other models so I'm very grateful when I get those opportunities.
What I've learned about what I like so far in the handful of shoots I've been part of:
I like feathered light and would like to try more portrait work where a model is clothed in clothing that might be timeless or classical where you cant tell what decade or century it might be from with a soft light and where the image could almost look like a painting. I prefer "clothing" over "costume" where possible Clothing being clothes you would possibly wear! in a normal situation which I see as distinctly different costume being a specific prop used to set up a scene or theme.
I see two different scenarios when taking a photo in a studio. One where your taking a photo of a person and everything else is complementary to the person and the focus is on the person not the background. Simple clothing, simple backgrounds, simple lighting works great for this(I love one light setups) The other is where your creating an artful image or concept or trying to tell a story and the person is part of the scene, where the focus is on the Art or concept and you've a model that is part of that image rather than being the dominant focus of the shot (I don't know if that makes sense or not) I like Both! but I think I'm better at the first scenario and useless with the 2nd scenario.
I've a love/hate relationship with Nude work. While it appeals to me, I don't want to appear like a GWC dirty/old man who's only goal is producing tacky crude shots of naked women with vaginas and boobs on show for all the world to see in the "readers wives style" However I really like Implied/Concealed nude shots or full nude work that is artful or tastefully done. (It can also be a bit awkward when your wife is looking over your shoulder at you editing nude images of women burning holes with laser eyes into the back of your head)
Eyes, There's a look that certain models are able to give the camera that I cant explain and I dont think I've captured it yet. A model can flow into poses and just look at the camera and barely move and every shot will be awesome, I see it in some shots from my favorite photographer called Peter Coulson from Australia. Most of the shots I use from shoots are where the model is looking direct at the camera. A lot of the time I find myself ignoring shots where the model is looking away from the lens when processing raw files.
I've some ideas of shots I would love to achieve up on Pinterest:
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