Category Archives: Portrait

Amie Boulton

Back in October of 2015 I was invited to take part in a last minute shoot in Torquay with the amazing Amie Boulton and fellow photographer, Eleanor Stobbart.

It was a murky, freezing cold day and at this stage I was pretty new to portrait photography.  I wasn’t holding out much hope for getting decent images, but figured it’d be a great opportunity to learn from two people I admired.  Both Eleanor and Amie are super friendly and easy going and within 5 minutes of sitting down with our pre-shoot coffees we were laughing away and I knew we’d have a great day.

First location was Torquay Pier, which is a really cool structure.  On such a cold day out of season, it was really quiet so we could shoot away without any distractions.  For our second location we spotted some lobster pots around the harbour.  These easily turned into my favourite images of the day.  The colour and textures here were unreal.  The final location was a little rocky cove we found around the back of Living Coast.  We shot here until it got dark and poor Amie was shaking.  That was followed up by some good old fish and chips in order to refuel and warm up!

Here’s a bunch of my images from the shoot.  Amie is amazing and if you’re looking for a stunning fashion model then I highly recommend her.

PS.  Big thanks to Steven Chapman for his reflector bouncing skills!


The Climber

This has to be about the fastest time that something I’ve seen or photographed has been edited and turned into a blog post.  I’d like a ‘Well Done’ sticker please.  Or maybe some house points.

A few weeks ago I was asked by a friend to take some portrait shots of her whilst climbing, a passion of hers.  I happily agreed, because, well, I’m an idiot. I’m an idiot because there were two things I failed to consider properly.

Worry One:

This friend happens to be a talented photographer with far more experience than I have.  The pressure to deliver was on!  You can see what I’m talking about by visiting Natalie’s website at Little Pumpkins Photography.

Worry Two:

I wasn’t the only photographer.  Joining us on the shoot was Eleanor from Eleanor Stobbart Photography and Paul from I-R Paulus. Two gifted photographers with great eyes and natural flair.   You should definitely check out their work, they’re both lovely people but it sure made me nervous as I’m not nearly as good as either of them!

So, the day came.  We headed out in bright sunshine (sarcastic hooray!) to Meadfoot Beach in Torquay where we could make the most of some rocks with a coastal backdrop.  In the end we had loads of fun followed by a big plate of fish and chips. Which as you’ll know, is ultimately the most important thing possible.

As for my pics?  You can make your own mind up …

Kirsty Morris in Plymouth

So … it was my intention to ensure that 2016 has at a minimum 1 post a month.  Well, January has been and gone … and no post! Perhaps I can make up for it with a double post in February?  Bear with me, please …

Back in July I was offered the opportunity to spend a day on a natural light shoot in Plymouth.  The session was put on by Devon Photography Training and involved a few hours working in a small group.  Our model for the day was the amazing Kirsty Morris.

The weather was pretty terrible (typical English Summer!) so we were confined to working undercover for the majority of the time.  Fortunately Gemma who organised the day had plenty of ideas on where to go and we all had an ace time.  If you’re in Devon or Cornwall and you want to learn more about this kind of thing I really can’t recommend Devon Photography Training enough.  Likewise, if you have the opportunity to shoot with Kirsty just take it.  She’s awesome!

Chiara Elisabetta

Those people who know me will know that I’ve a developing interest in portrait photography.  Those people who only know me from this blog will have no idea of this as I’m useless at regularly posting!

Back at the end of September I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with Chiara Eisabetta at a Norwegian styled lodge just outside of Exeter.  Chiara is pretty much Purple Port Royalty in my mind.  She’s beautiful and is exceptionally experienced and talented both sides of the camera.  It’s fair to say I was utterly terrified in the run up the shoot.

Fortunately for me, Chiara is a kind and generous person and happily shared her knowledge and experience with me, not judging my own lack of experience once.  The hours flew by and I had a great time.  Here’s a selection of images from the shoot.

Please note – a couple are not safe for work!

Nikita Crombie

I love photography.  As you may have been able to tell from the few posts I’ve put up so far, my direction has always been primarily concentrated toward landscapes.  For a long time though, I’ve been enviously following lots of talented portrait photographers on platforms such as Flickr and Instagram longing to do similar work myself (Think of people like Van styles).  I still love landscapes and travel photography – I just see portraiture as something different upon which to expand my horizons.  I especially love low key images and fine art, often with a sensual feel. I guess I’ve a long way to reach that level but for now I’ll take any experience I can get.

The following photos are from a conceptual studio workshop I took part in at the beginning of December.  They’re called Devon Photography Training and Gemma who runs the courses is an excellent tutor.  I had such a good time and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who fancied doing something similar.

The subject is the beautiful Nikita Crombie.  I’ve never worked with a model before and I think I’d be hard pushed to find someone more patient, kind and hard working.  She’s a natural and made it all so easy.