I last shot with Elle for a gory halloween session in 2015 and, although it was fantastic, I really wanted to work with her again with a much more natural look. Even with the best intentions, this year has been a nightmare in terms of actually getting to the studio and shooting; with the first time in 2017 being mid-March, its safe to say I've been taking it slowly!
Elle and I got talking a few weeks ago and agreed to give it a go - I was getting rusty from the lack of camera use; shooting my son at home can only give me so much practice. I'd seen the work she'd done with Matt Leach a few years ago and I really loved it, the natural look which was just focusing on Elle and not some creative/flashy makeup. Its something I'm being drawn more towards, I love the mood and relaxed nature of these sessions, everyone is casual and comfortable and things just seem to go much more smoothly. Aside from the images in my head I'm not 'trying' to get a particular shot we are going from click to click and finding what works.
It helps that Elle has the experience and ability to move from each pose so effortlessly, she really makes it easy to build on each shot and feel like you are creating some really great shots. The last 18 months or so I have found myself falling back on a lighting technique that gives me a shot with a low depth of field, even though this is nice, I'd find myself more and more frustrated that I was coming back from shoots with very little in terms of usable images - not because the models weren't working well, but for the fact I'd take a handful of shots and only really look at a couple for editing.
This time I started to evolve my style, taking shots which are mainly around the aperture of f8 or f9 and ensuring that the shots are more flexible from the editing point of view. I was more than happy with the result, which all revolved around 4 main setups - a couple worked well the others not so well, but each setup gave me something to be pleased with.