The first time I ever ventured into a studio a dozen or so years ago, I dabbled in some low key figure work with a very patient model. I had no idea what I was doing but with a lot of experimentation and encouragement, managed to produce a few images that I was delighted with. What really opened my eyes that day was the intense beauty and atmosphere that could be created with a single large soft box and a black background. The shape and texture of a body can be defined in a subtle yet very effective way using that set up.
Whilst I still prefer to shoot outside, in order to stop my creativity from drying up completely during the long British winter, I occasionally venture indoors to keep my hand in. So it was a couple of months back that I worked with Rachelle Summers, very accomplished model here in the UK. Surprisingly our paths had never crossed before, mainly due to geography, but we managed to find a window in our mutual schedules and spent a very enjoyable day together.
Rachelle is adept at working in different photographic genres, but her creativity really came to the fore when we shot a low ket figure set. Armed with only a wooden box as a prop, she pulled off a dazzling series of beautiful, thoughtful poses in a classical style but with her own twist and invention. So I am pleased to share a sample from this set. Enjoy!
- Listening to: "In a Perfect World" - Kodaline
- Reading: "Rogue Lawyer" - John Grisham
- Watching: "The Vikings"
- Playing: Cycling again
- Eating: A cheese & ham croissant
- Drinking: Peruvian mountain coffee