Wesley was my first photo shoot since moving to the UK. We already knew each other from theatre school in Cape Town and went even further back knowing each other in high school. Wesley was a drama major with a seriously strong singing voice and had moved to the UK roughly 8months before me to pursue his dream of performing. He needed some new headshots and when he heard I was in the area, we agreed to meet up in a park closest to his place and take some nice pics.
I was worried about the light. For me, the best light that I was accustomed to was the afternoon light in SA – at around 4:30/5pm. At 5pm in England, it’s dark. Like, seriously dark. Night time.
We met up at about 3pm though and the light was holding out nicely. I arrived early so that I could scout some nice locations and test my settings against the light – I think as a photographer, especially one just starting out, it’s important to know what kinda settings you need and to have them set before the model arrives. This way, you are not making them wait around while you fiddle with ISOs and Shutter Speeds. More so in our case, as we were chasing the sun.
In the end I was quite happy with the end result; Wes was happy with his head shots and was able to use them for a show that he was in a few weeks later. What I really like about being a photographer is when the model likes the photo and uses it for jobs, representations and things like that. It shows that they are proud of the pictures, which makes me proud of them too.
Wes was a lot of fun to shoot with – he’s not naturally a model and frequently asked me for advice on poses and such. This was great for me because it allowed me to give some direction and practice my control over the shoot itself. Overall, we had fun together and were both pleased with the days progress.
Not to self though: don’t wear your favourite jeans or sneakers if you are going to be knee deep in a pile of soggy leaves in a park trying to get “that” photo. I have certainly learnt my lesson in this regard. So have my jeans. (May they RIP)
This is Nathan.
We met up at our college (Waterfront Theatre School) and decided to go for a drive. We drove all the way up a winding road to Signal Hill – and stopped halfway.
Nathan is interested in photography, similar to me, but in a very different capacity. What I love the most of photography, and of photographers alike, we all do the same thing but the way we do it is so different.
What I love is that Nathan and I could take a photo of the exact same subject but the outcome (after editing and such) can be totally disparate.
We walked out into the trees and forest area along the side of the hill and took some snaps amongst them. Nathan is a very artistic character and he loves to delve a little deeper when interacting with people, he’s an old soul with a very big heart. I wanted to portray this through his shoot – finding something more than just a good looking man but seeing more into his soul and the sensitivity he shows to the world.
Our shoot became very “moody James Dean” but I was quite happy with the end result and so was he, which is always the most important thing to a photographer.
These are just a few that I took of Nathan… I mean James… I mean Nathan.
My first shoot I did was with one of my best friends, Emile.
Emile is no stranger to a camera and I’m so glad because he was able to help me and guide me when I should have been guiding him! To be honest, it was a saving grace to have him as my first subject. I was nervous and unsure about what exactly to do and how to compose the right kind of picture but Emile was great, he basically did all the work and I just pushed the button! 🙂
What I love about photography is when I get to edit and bring out the specific colours in the photos; the red of a sweater, the green of the grass and even the brown tree behind the subject. Photography allows you to find tiny details within a photo that wouldn’t be the focus if you just looked at it normally.
We walked around his area in Cape Town, found a colourful playground and some great angles along the road. Take a peak and tell me what you think, I’d like this blog to be as interactive as possible!
Peace out lovers!