As a photographer you should try new techniques and ideas and setup test shoots. You are only as good as your portfolio and your book should always be kept updated with new looks and trends. In my opinion a photographer should aways be shooting, a test can be simple or very complex depending on what level and how much money and time you have to invest.
For me it all starts with an idea, being inspired by a film, an advert, a magazine or even a work of art. My most recent test shoot below was a simple idea inspired by an Agyness Deyn shoot; I wanted some fierce portraiture for my book. I found model India Lownds and Makeup Artist Francesca Dalla-Riva who loved the ideas; we spent the afternoon working on these looks.
Last week I setup a test shoot with make-up artist Ruth Manion Palmer and recently signed model Martha from Boss Model Management. Taking inspiration from Noise Magazine, we wanted to create a series of fierce images.
Different evening looks allowed for Martha to unfold before our eyes. I do like working with new models as it’s a good opportunity for me to direct and learn how they are using their body, and what works well with their facial features as they too are learning for themselves. Fortunately for us Martha’s porcelain skin tone and petite facial features were perfect for the looks we were re-creating.
Everytime I walk into WH Smith or Magma my wallet takes a pounding. I ruffle through all the latest fashion magazines, Vogue, Pop, Dazed and confused and quite recently Noise magazine. Nine times out of Ten I end up purchasing them.
My shelves are filled and my wallet is empty, it is the curse of Vogue. Noise magazine on the other hand featured some amazing beauty photography this month and the images inspired me to shoot a test.
Working with a model agencies new faces is exciting, you never know if your going to work with the next Agyness Deyn. I arranged to shoot Kristie one of Boss Models newest additions and called upon Debbie Lezemore an extremely talented makeup artist to put her skills to work. Kristie even though one of Boss’s new faces was very natural in front of the camera.
Sifting through the results I picked out this image and had it retouched. Already the shot has received some excellent feedback from the agency and has made a wonderful addition to my book. Considering the pounding my wallet has taken I am banning myself from WH Smiths for the next month!