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My first composite

My first composite image! The photo you see is actually six photos – one under exposed, overexposed, one shot of the sign above, a different sky and two of the subject – all blended together. I’m super happy with the result. It only took me three hours 😉

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Project Portrait: Day 105

Today we have Sophie, another very lovely model that came and helped out with Nana Wereko-Brobby’s photoshoot. So for this photo I learned that Sophie – when not consulting for big companies like Network Rail, she actually takes part in beauty pageants – which I had no idea were still a thing. But they are, and she won Miss London last year. So for this photo I wanted to try and create something that you might see in one of these contests. The soft glows, the pastel colours and all that jazz. I am the first to admit my own prejudices and ignorance when it comes to what happens during these events. But Sophie reassures me everyone is actually pretty chilled out. This photo and the style is by no means a style I found easy to re-create – I prefer shadows and contrast for my pictures. The result is something you might find on a Britney Spears album cover from the mid ninetie

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Project Portrait: Day 104

Next up we have the lovely Simon, who was another model for my work with @dateconcierge . Simon is an actor, dancer and general all round performer. Which immediately reminded me of the actors of the 1950s and 60s who weren’t merely actors but all-round entertainers. As such, I thought about the press shots movie studios used to promote their stars. These black and white, high contrast images that make people almost look like statues. Something inhuman, something, well, star like. This is the shot I tried to achieve with Simon. Like a true pro this was only the third picture I took and so we were done in about 30 seconds.