We capitalised on one of the most mild January’s England has seen with plenty of varied photography shoots this month. Portrait photography for Amy (aspiring model), Zephy (model/artist/stylist/all round creative) and by far the youngest Baby Isla. Other shoots included a bit of Devon landscape photography, urban scenes from London and some experimental light painting.
A street portrait shoot with Amy, who was fresh from ice skating, started in ‘hipster’ Shoreditch, East London. Shoreditch is adorned with great street art – grafitti, murals, mixed media collages and sign writing – so there was plenty of scope for vibrant backgrounds. Then we headed to a bustling and heaving Camden Lock to catch the remaining daylight on this Saturday afternoon.
The mild weather prevented us from freezing whilst spending hours standing around in between night time long exposure captures. Experimental light painting was done at Berry Head Fort, in Brixham, swirling Star Wars lightsabres and spinning lit steel wool to create abstract patterns. Posing for a quick selfie with gas mask amidst the lively steel wool sparks. Don’t try this at home kids, or at least don’t wear you’re best clothes…
At the top of January we did a shoot with model/stylist/artist/performer Zephy Rose. We uncovered a treasure trove of locations at Plymouth’s Royal William Yard and finished up at the Art Deco Tinside Lido for this portrait photography shoot. More photos from Zephy’s portrait photography shoot here.
In pursuit of the hardy sea stack at Ladram Bay for the next night time shoot. Access to the stack and the beach are through the Ladram Bay Holiday Park so best to go there out of season. Not only are there less people around but the club house on the cliff shines a very bright orange spotlight on the stack at night. This is one of many impressive views along the Jurassic Coast.
We captured the joy and many wonderful expressions of Baby Isla in this baby portrait photography shoot. Isla seemed bewildered by the sound of the shutter at first but soon became at ease in front of the camera. More photos from the baby portrait photography shoot here.
One early January afternoon promised a great sunset for a short trip to Exeter Quay. A gorgeous sky filled with fluffy clouds and a pleasing gradient did not disappoint. But switching the camera angle down the River Exe I was captivated by the changing illuminations on the outdoor climbing wall, the smoke bellowing from industrial Marsh Barton, the light trails and starbursts from street lighting that were captured with a long exposure.
Whilst on a trip to London, I had time to check out Canary Wharf one early Sunday morning. An iconic Underground station laid await but it was a bleak grey day in the capital. Black and white treatment seemed apt for the people coming up from the Underground and high rise offices of the many financial head quarters.