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Project Portrait: Day 103

This one is just a bit bonkers. So after helping out @dateconcierge on her latest campaign I asked each of the models if I could borrow them for a few minutes. Having limited time, I couldn’t take the time to chat and get to know them. So I just thought I’d have a bit of fun. I’ve been watching a lot of Mad Men recently and there was this one shot with Peggy on the therapist’s couch that I wanted to re-create. While I didn’t have a therapist’s office as a set – and there were 12 people busy working in the room when this photo was taken – I wanted to try and create something more intimate, a bit more dreamlike. So I hooked up some pink gels to my strobes and bathed the lovely Alice in a pink glow that helped isolate her on this amazing black leather chaise longue. I then got hold of some water colours and painted over the image to create the cloudy, swirling patterns that you can’t really pick out, but they’re there. This was a ton of fun to do and I can’t wait to do some more experimenting as I learn more!

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Project Portrait: Day 102

Day 102 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Jennifer Fernandes-Cole – part 2. This was at the end of my photo shoot with Nana and the lovely people at Social Concierge. I only had a few minutes and I never got to chat with Jennifer as much as I’d like to with subjects for this series. But from the brief time I had Jennifer was warm and friendly. For this shoot I wanted to try and capture that in its simplest form. A white background with Jennifer looking into camera. I’ve also never done any photography that could be classed as beauty or fashion so this is my first tentative dip in these waters. I like it!

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Project Portrait: Day 101

Day 101 of Project Portrait. I can’t quite believe I made it this far! It’s taken a lot longer than I thought it would, but I’m still just as engaged in spending all my free time going out and re-connecting with people who in some cases I haven’t seen in 20 years. I’ve also had the chance to meet people I would never have had I not taken on something as bonkers as this. Which brings me nicely on to today’s shoot of Ben Ashenden. Ben is a friend of Jonathan Petrides’ brother – I love degrees of separation wink emoticon. Ben is a freelance writer who crafts comedies and scripts for the likes of Channel 4. So a proper writer – unlike my scribblings. As a result I wanted to try and depict the life of a solo writer, scribbling away on whatever table they can find. So I lit Ben via two small spot lights – that I then built custom gradients for to create those lovely halos – and gave it a lovely warm glow and threw in a few props for good measure. When I look at images like this and compare them to where I started I can’t quite believe it. I’m super excited to see where I get to by the time I get to 200. I want to say thank you to everyone who has volunteered thus far and if anyone else is interested (and lives in London) get in touch!