I finally started shooting again the weekend before last after what felt like an eternity. Whilst I tend to have a break from shoots over the winter months, this year's break was much longer than usual due to life being just so busy. So it was with a real sense of excitement and optimism that I travelled to my first shoot of 2014.
This year I am intending to work with a smaller number of models than in previous years but develop an ongoing series of shoots. I have found in the past that working regularly with someone brings many benefits, not least in that as you get to know someone, you both become more relaxed and the creativity seems to flow more easily.
I sense that will definitely be the case with Bridie, the model for this initial set of images. We did work together once by the sea on a breezy day last May and my initial impression was that Bridie was someone special. She has an incredible positive energy about her and bags of enthusiasm which makes a photo shoot a really happy experience. Although she doesn't yet have much experience, she has a lively mind and an intelligent, thoughtful approach to modelling that made a strong impression on me. Combine that with an amazing figure and wonderful natural beauty and you have all the ingredients to inspire any artist!
The weather the other weekend was still too chilly to shoot figure work outdoors, so we headed into a smart little studio in Plymouth. Sticking to the KISS principle in order to get the creative juices flowing and ease us into the project, we worked on a series of low key figure studies. These mainly used a black backdrop to show off Bridie's figure as an abstract form. I've used this approach a number of times before, but am always pleased by the different shapes and poses that arise. Sadly, the afternoon sailed past all too quickly, which must be a good sign.
Our next shoot in a fortnight promises to be something special, being based in an historic house! Watch this space for the next update.....,