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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

Life is Cabaret

Nonlinearly speaking...
 
In Autumn's last hurrah, or just before big Autumn and while there was still a couple of leaves that hadn't been blown off the trees, my wife and I braved a big bank of fog and found an agreeable sunny afternoon to explore the Eastern side of Loch Lomond, home of Cashiel's natural woodlands and assorted other attractions.
View across Loch Lomond near Cashiel - Landscape
The reason I mention this scenic excursion, is not just the chance to show the above landscape from my day out, but to bring me round to how I ended up in Glasgow last Thursday night.


Colour saturated tree tops to prove Scotland can have blue skies 
In a brief break between storms and driving under a mere torrential shower I was driving up to Dreghorn Photography's studio, which I'd hired for a couple of hours to test with a new model.
 
Now you may recall my earlier post about the fabulous shoot with Mairi Brunning and her fascinators, my trip to Loch Lomond was the weekend before and me head was full of hats and models for hats and hair for hats and lots of hat inspired photography that I'd been browsing. As my wife and I sat in a corner of a wee café I spotted a smile, then a face and I did something I've not done before and handed a complete stranger my card. I didn't force the issue (I was on my way out the door and the more you try to explain yourself, the more you're likely to dig a big hole and fall in it), but offered the stranger a chance to shoot together if she felt like it.
 
So sometime later, lo an e-mail did appear in my inbox and after some more than reasonable questions Kathryn finally agreed to a quick test shoot together. Focusing on head shots as I still envisaged shooting with her and hats. We roped in Jenna Clayton, trained at the Academy of Makeup in Glasgow, to help with some simple beauty makeup and snapped away for a few hours, with Kathryn's sister clowning in the background and me and Jenna making rubbish jokes or pulling faces.

Straight out of the camera, no edits or retouching.
 
Clowning around.It's kind of watch the birdy when you're testing with someone who's not an experienced model, you're looking to put them at their ease, find their comfort zones in terms of expressions and "looks" and look for potential shots should the test shoot ever turn into something more formal. It's not so very different testing with experienced models, except I perhaps do a little less directing and find it harder to get a smile.
 
Quick black and white conversion, no retouching done. Headshots are one of those things that you often see in corporate directories, or actor's profiles but I think, personally, that we could all do with a decent headshot!

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