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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.

 


Tom Rendal - PT Troop Personal Training Bristol

- Who are PT Troop? -

PT Troop is a group of personal trainers who offer a variety of activities from indoor gym training and weight loss to outdoor circuits and group activities. Having personally been trained by PT troop founder Tom Rendall in the past, I was delighted and eager to help him capture the hardworking and positive atmosphere they create. 

- The Shoots -

- Quick tip - 

I tried to shoot many of the exercise images wide to make the images look more dramatic. You can do this when shooting to try and make people or objects look larger. 

On the first day of the shoot, I arrived early morning on to begin shooting some of the first sessions of the day in the gym. We chose a day where we could have the biggest variety of types of sessions possible. I wanted to try and capture the trainers interacting and the hardworking yet positive atmosphere of the day. The lighting in the gym was varied and harsh throughout and subsequently, I ended up shooting with reflected flash for many of the shots. The day after the shoot, I got up early morning again to shoot the outdoor group sessions on the downs. 

Overall, the shoots went very well and I am happy with the given lighting and space.

- The Final Images -

 

- Why not promote your event or business the right way, with stunning photography covering every moment you remember? -


Outdoor Urban Portrait Shoot

The shoot was a surprise for me by my friends; at first, I was nervous, but I became comfortable very quickly and got into it, which was mainly due to how friendly and welcoming Will was. We went to places that I never knew about, which as coll becuase I got to know the city more whilst doing it. The pictures turned out amazing and will is such a talented photorgapher!
— Hettie - Model

This shoot was one that as arranged to be a surprise portrait shoot for a groups of girls friend as a birthday present. We arranged to meet by the harbour side and begin the shoot there. Our locations were based around the centre of Bristol and I went out before the shoot to prepare and pre plan some of the looks for the images. On the day the weather was a bit sunny which was tough to work with however we managed to find locations that took us out of the sun.The surprise went really well and overall the model was pleased with photos.

- Quick Tip

Always bring a reflector or diffuser with you on a shoot as shooting in direct sunlight is tough to work with and creates harsh highlights on the models face. have your assistant shadow the models face or if you do not have a diffuser, shoot int eh shadows!

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.

 

 

 

The Mirror Shoot

Tuesday 6th April 2016


The Initial Idea 

The idea originally came from a shot that I took In summer (Under Best of the Best Gallery), However, I wanted to elaborate on the idea and try something different with the same idea. 

I started by thinking of how I could apply the same concept of the illusion but with a more elaborate shot. I decided to try the shot with more than one mirror, kind of like a group shot . I started off with wanting to have 5 mirrors and people for the shoot so that the composition would not be even or symmetrical however,  I only used 4 in the final image.

Location

After I had thought through the ideas, I had to scout a location that had the appropriate lighting and crucially, the right type of background that would help pull off the illusion. I finally found a location that I thought would work and wasn't too far away. We waited for 4 weeks until the weather was right and a day that everyone was available.

- The Models -

 


Creating the Illusion 

To create the illusion with the mirrors, I had to find the correct background and then once the shoot was finished the local adjustments in post to the images In Adobe Lightroom, I Put the files into photoshop and began cloning the background into the mirror and replacing the mirrors reflection bit by bit making sure that it lined up to the background to give the illusion. The shots below are the single shots I took before attempting the group shot. I shot these at 1/80 F.9 ISO 125 ( Cannon 70D 50mm 1.8 ).

 

Overall

 

Overall, the editing planning and shooting probably took a total of 13 hours from start to finish and a very success full shoot overall.

 


The Final Shot 

The Mirror Shoot                                                                                                                                                                         1/50, ISO 125 , F.14 ( Cannon 70D 50mm 1.8 )