With a wedding, my “models” are ready and waiting, the schedule is set by others, and my time for taking pictures is fairly clearly defined. Sometimes, with the best intentions, I don’t get all the shots I want to get.
So I thought I would try my hand at doing my own photo shoot, where I have a bit more control over what is going on. It’s a chance to try new things, go for a more editorial (magazine) and fashion style and take risks that I can’t afford to take in a wedding situation. Being adventurous I wanted to do this shoot on location, rather than in the warm safe confines of a studio.
Now this is a daunting, ambitious project for a small time wedding photographer like me.
As well as myself, I have to organise a make-up artist, a hair stylist, an assistant and several models. I have to seek out some generous souls to supply dresses, accessories etc. I have to find a good location to carry out the shoot, one that is within budget and has the right facilities to support the shoot. I have to plan the shoot itself, so that everybody arrives on time and in the right place, has time to prepare and then shoot the shots I want to shoot.
In this shoot the models and make-up artist are donating their time in exchange for pictures for their portfolio, which is very generous of them.
At the moment I’m scouting out several potential locations for the shoot and talking to a dressmaker in Glasgow about the dresses. I’ll update the blog as we progress towards the big day.
Oh yes...the day will be 7 May, barring a complete change in plans!
My plan as well is to let some of the participants guest on the blog during or after the shoot.