Many thanks to my model Hayley for this photoshoot.
Ever since seeing the work of Lisa Holloway and Jake Olson, I’ve wanted to have a similar style and at the same time be different. Looking back at my past work the work I’ve done with gymnasts has always my favourites, but any shots involving movement I personally found lacking, which brought me round to thinking about combing the two. There’s no reason you can’t do portraits of dance or sport outside, it’s just that in the studio you have more control of things like lighting, the weather, etc But what the hey… I’m English and used to fickle weather.
One thing was certain, a fair amount of planning, over a number of weeks, went into this photoshoot. From searching for suitable locations to email discussions about what to wear and what makeup. I also didn’t actually meet Hayley (or know what she looked like) until the actual day, when she turned up with her mother for the actual photoshoot. Hayley’s mum had responded to a call I had put out for dancers who were interested in a free photoshoot as I wanted to practice some new portraiture styles, lighting equipment and techniques. I felt it a little unfair to ask clients to pay for something that had the potential to go drastically wrong and not work… as it happened I was very happy with the results, a win-win. There’s a few technical things I need to hone, but that will come with more practice. And all the prepartion paid off. We both had a lot of fun on the day. Hayley certainly showed stamina, dancing virtually all afternoon changing from tap to ballet as we moved location from town to woodland and eventually my backyard for some rain shots…yes ‘rain’. Something that stemmed from a remark that I was happy to shoot in any weather and found out that dancing in the rain quite appealed to Hayley, so we arranged for it to rain even it the weather decided to be nice. As it happened the weather decided to be nice, cold – but nice. Chocolate and a warm blanket for between shoots were definitely appreciated.