Sunday, 31 December 2017

What happened to 2017?

fashion photography london grace jones pose
One of my favourite pictures. It's printed big and hanging on my office wall.

Cycling, photography and life have conspired to turn the past year into a blur. It's very easy to forget how far my photography has progressed.
I keep looking for that tipping point. The one that will lead to paid work as a photographer. The picture at the top of this blog is a particular favourite from this year.

All of the pictures in this blog show how I have improved. Be it creatively, technically or with forming a connection with the subject. Working with experienced models means less pressure to deliver. So I am glad I have worked with Janayah this year. It has seen us both improve. And then to produce pictures for a client has broadened my experience further.

I thought I would look back at the year.

The maga shoot back in April, three models, two locations, three different looks. Really enjoyable, but tiring.


fashion photography london
I need to find more wall space.

fashion photography london
Another of my favourite pictures. It's printed big and hanging on my office wall.

fashion photography london
Another of my favourite pictures. It's printed big and hanging on my office wall.


I have worked with Janayah a lot.  We have gotten better together. From our first shoot in April. Through  May at Crystal PalaceDulwich Park in July and finally the November collaboration with Alison the MUA in Battersea Park. The added bonus from this last shoot was how it boosted Alison's confidence. I was glad to be able to help Alison. It's been great. We have another shot planned for an evening along the Thames in January. The shoot has a lot to live up to, each one we have done so far has resulted in better pictures each time.

model photography tennis photoshoot
Sport inspired shoot


fashion photography london crystal palace sphinx
Crystal Palace

fashion photography london dulwich park
Dulwich Park

fashion photography london batersea park
A couple from Battersea  Park

fashion photography london batersea park

The cycling posts have had picture content. I am really liking the lone bicycle in the countryside theme. And it's a good way to record the passing seasons.

photography cycling westerham steampunk

photography cycling kent

photography cycling surrey

photography cycling kent



Working with Zara again at the Hacienda studio, I set myself a challenge to balance a beauty dish with the window light. I think I did a good job. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post with you thoughts.

model studio photography hacienda

model studio photography hacienda

model studio photography hacienda


Then there was producing pictures for an online clothes retailer, a bit of an eye opener. Making every session count and dealing with an unpredictable client.

model location photography client

model location photography client

model location photography client

I have already started planning 2018. I have organised January; a model and studio I haven't worked with before and a night shoot with Janayah. 


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