This is a very very delayed post but at least it’s one more being completed on my list, now about to get a big fat tick next to it. Better late than never!
Rewinding all the way back to August 2014, I was looking to put more effort in to portrait photography using natural light and had already had a day’s tuition earlier in the year with a pro photographer and a pro model, but needed to put it in to practice properly. My plan was to take some very simple outdoor shots using the golden glow of the setting sun. The light during the golden hour is particularly popular with landscape photographers but I wanted to use it to full advantage for portrait work too, and really see what I could achieve by breaking the rule “DONT SHOOT IN TO THE SUN”. Meh to that rule. Shooting in to the evening sun can get amazing results as it backlights the model and can give a fantastic halo-y glow as long as you balance the subject with a reflector or some exposure compensation in camera.
My friend Laura was happy to help out so she came along with Hayley, who had also done a little bit of modelling before, to Wolverton Mill in Milton Keynes and we spent about 2 hours snapping away. Most of the plan went in the bin as the sun only decided to show up as we were driving out of the place, but we still came away with some great results. Those results will be on another blog post coming soon, where the point of the blog post will be natural light portraits.
“Huh, so what’s this blog post about then, Dan?” I hear you ask.
Well I read that folk should aim for over 500 words per blog post, and over 1000 is better so I’m gonna waffle more to keep up with the cool kids. This is the back story building to the main event. Get over it. I’ll get bored soon enough, stop typing and just leave pics for you to look at but for now, there’s a few more sentences to cover. If you’re that bored, scroll down to the pics!
This photo blog post is actually about commercial and event photography, which Laura asked me to be involved with for her new business venture which was to open in September with her bessie, Charlotte. Charlotte is also a keen photographer and I’ve given her 2 tutorials using natural light where we focused mainly on composition but looked at creative effects in camera too. Some of the images that we created will be featuring in another blog post later this year.
I knew next to nothing about their new business venture but Forever Gorgeous Beauty Salon opened its doors to the pretty people of Wolverton and the big opening evening was a great success with loads of the girls’ family and close friends attending. Champagne flowed, cupcakes were scoffed, balloons were dodged.
My job for the evening was to create a collection of images that the girls could use on the website, facebook, instagram and twitter to promote the salon, and also use on any promotional material and the treatment list. Once the sun had set the visitors arrived and it was a pleasure to capture the smiles of the evening.
The images below show the salon inside and from the street (which is Stratford Road by the way) and the opening night.
If you live in the area, do be sure to give them a call and get booked in as Charlotte is a genius when it comes to hair extensions and facials. Laura is a master at massage and nails. They do way more than that of course, but I’m not the most clued up guy when it comes to beauty treatment. I know what shellac is though!
Give them a follow on Facebook for news and offers https://www.facebook.com/ForeverGorgeousBeautySalon/?fref=ts
Full website address is http://www.forevergorgeousbeauty.com
This week sees them celebrating their 18 month salon anniversary. Hurrah!