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Fitness Blogger Cecily Russel - Lifestyle Portrait Shoot

Thursday 26th October -

CECFIT -

Cecily is a Year 13 student who is keen about fitness and has grown her following, website and brand around the theme of living a healthy lifestyle and staying fit. Whilst chatting to her on our shoot, we spoke about how she wants to develop in the future. She spoke about wanting to be able to have a large following to whom she can teach and help sustain a healthy lifestyle.

- Quick Tip - 

Before a shoot always try get a good understanding of what your client wants and what there final vision is.This can give you a good chance to use your creative input to advise them on what you think would work along with any ideas they had in mind. 

Cecily originally reached out to me via email and after learning about the style of images she was looking for we arranged a date to shoot. The main aim of the shoot was to create images that  Cecily could use on her website. Lifestyle type shots.


- The Shoot and Location - 

Cecily and I decided that we were going to shoot around the Dockside of Bristol to try and get some urban and rustic look. A few days before the shoot I headed out early in the morning to find a train of locations that we could shoot at on the day of the shoot.

We decided to shoot early in the morning near sunrise time so that we could ideally avoid the midday sun and catch some of the morning golden hour but sadly the thick cloud took hid the sun from us throughout the shoot. We met at college green at 8:30 and shot until 12.

Will has such an incredidble eye for photorgaphy. I enjoyed working with him he was full of ideas and excitment for my project - Not only is his photographic eye incredible, but as a person, he is so passionate and that really transfers into his images”
— Cecily Russell

- Quick Tip - 

Scouting locations for me is a must before every shoot, not only does it give the shoot a more natural shoot, it allows me as a phtoographer to imagine and prepare the poses and shots I will get at each locations.

Working with Cecily was great, the shoot was smooth and we did our best to avoid the cold!  Her botfreind Olly came and helped out and worked as our assistant, holding coats, bags and providing the laughs throughout.

 

- The Final Images - 

Below are some of the best images from the shoot 

 

 

Why not use stunning, creative and storytelling images to promote your brand of business?


Work Experience Shoot - Linda Thomas Eco Design

I first met Linda in late 2016 where her and i spoke  at a stall I had set up to show my work and give out business cards at my schools open evening. Linda spoke to me about what she does and how she works with photographers all the time. Not only did her work sound fascinating but she also offered me the chance to assist on a shoot they had planned later on in the year!

I want to help you to be able to choose beautiful clothes using your head and heart. Having a style that effortlessly reflects what you believe in.

Linda Thomas - 

Linda is a Bristol and South West England based designer who prides herself in ensuring every dress she makes is Green. Linda's dresses are not only astounding but the attention to detail is astounding and has worked with and seen her dresses my self I can say that not only do they look fantastic but knowing all her work is made with the environment and ECO in mind makes it even better!

- The Team - 

Photographer - Katy Mcdonnell

Assistant - Will Lindsay - Perez

Dresses: Linda Thomas Eco Design

Hair and makeup: Emily of Able Mabel

Flowers: Liz of Pipley Flowers

Models: Jess, Claire, Tessa and Dami.

Rings: Eco Wood Rings

Shoes: Po-Zu

 

- The Shoot -

26th April 2017

After a short drive in the car, we arrived at our location which was a stunning pebbled beach which was shadowed by a cliff side. Whilst the models were getting their makeup and dresses done, Katie and I went around the cliffside to scout for shots around the beach and more importantly were looking for shade as we were shooting at midday and so Katie was contending with the harsh sunlight.

At the beach, I was mainly helping Katie with the light as I diffused and reflected and helped the models stay warm and balance on the pebbles. It wasn't until the second location where Katie found some beautiful forests which complemented the dresses perfectly that I started shooting some images. The light here was much better with lots of shade and the occasional light spill.

The shoots intentions were to "Show how easy it is for a wedding to be sustainable. Putting love back at the centre and not abusing other people or the planet in the process. Weddings can produce a lot of rubbish, and upcycling is one way of counteracting that. The dresses were all made from upcycled silk and stitched together with organic cotton" 

Another great thing is that in this shoot we diddnt we used models a wide range of diverse models. Tessa not only modelled immensely well on the shoot but is now on tour with "The Way I Look"  a production which highlights the experience of living with a facial difference.

- Final Images -

Being able to work with so many creative minded and inspirational people on a shoot was truly an honour. It was my first shoot where I had worked with a full team all aiming to create beautiful images and I learnt so much about all the small things, hiccups and work that goes into making a shooting flow smoothly. Overall the shoot went amazingly and I was keen to get home and edit my images and see Katie's images which were showcased in VOW Autumn magazine. Below is a gallery with some of the best images from the day that I took.

 

I owe a huge thank you to the team and especially Linda! I look forward to more shoots like this in the future.

 


Urban Portrait Shoot - Lucy and Issy

We both really enjoyed the shoot with Will. He made everything feel so relaxed and comfortable despite our nerves beforehand. Will is extremely easy to work with and produced brilliant pictures.

This was a shoot I arranged as I wanted to get out and get some new images and try some new techniques and overall, I ended up getting some of my favorite portraits to date! I had gone out before the shoot and had planned a series of locations around Bristol harbor side. I asked two freinds of mine if they would help out and model for me.

- The Models - 

- Quick Tip -

Using Prisms or prism paper and holding it up to the lens can help give unique colors and effects to your images.

- The Final Images -

Overall, I am really really happy with the images from the shoots as I tired few techniques and tried to focus on trying new and different poses and used small sheets of prism paper to create interesting techniques.

Would you like a shoot just like this one?


Outdoor Street Portrait Photoshoot

This was a shoot I did with a group of friends as I wanted to get out and find locations and shoot to get some new images whilst I had time. I had gone out a few weeks before to scout locations for the shoot but also used new places that we thought looked interesting whilst walking about.

- The Models -

We shot around Bristol City centre near Park Street. It was an overcast day with a bit of sun which provided us with perfect light meaning the only light modifier I had to use was a reflector to add a little extra boost in the images. 

- The Final Images - 

Outdoor Portrait Shoot - Anya, Niamh and Ruby.

Sunday 23rd may 2016


This is a very quick recent shoot that I was asked to do for three friends. I didn't have any initial ideas before the shoot and considering this, It went very well.

Our first location was in a car park on the top floor, there were some nice railing on the side that I would be able to use as leading lines towards the models. The light on the roof, however, was very harsh it was a sunny and cloudy day so I used a diffuser and reflector to help soften the light.

Our second location was In a small park that we found. It was partially in shade and had very nice, even grass and vibrant colours that were very nice to shoot with. We incorporated flowers into the shoot to give some of the photos a summer look. Again, the reflector was the only light adaptor used.

-The Models-


-The Final Shots-

Below is a gallery of the majority of the final shots from the shoot.

 

 

 

Blue Bell Shoot - Leigh Woods .

Saturday 7th May 2016

Blue Bell Shoot 

This was a shoot that I had been wanting to do for a very long time now, but I had to wait for a time that blue bells were in season as they were the key point of what I would base this shoot around.

I already had a few rough ideas in my head as to what the shots would look like, but for the most part of the shoot we just walked through the woods and found locations that we thought would look good to shoot in.

We shot in Leigh Woods. I had heard and seen that there were lots of blue bells there and it wasn't too far for any of us to get there. Fortunately we got lucky with the weather, as although it had been raining all day before the shoot, it was meant to clear up and luckily, it did. I wanted to shoot in the late afternoon at about 5 o'clock so that the light would be softer. This worked very well meaning that the only light modifiers I really had to use were reflectors and a diffuser to avoid harsh shadows.

-The Models-


-The Final Shots-

Overall, the shoot went very well and the shots that I had in mind came out nicely. Below are the majority of the images from the shoot.