I love creating pictures
that communicate warmth, feeling and fun. I love the challenge of honouring spirit. 85% of communication is non verbal, which is amazing to me, and where I draw the bulk of my chosen moments from.
is a travelling buddy I met during a three week trip in Morocco four years ago. We hadn’t seen each other since, but it was like yesterday when we reunited in Byron Bay. She used to live in Sydney, and made the move up there about 18 months ago. I’d say the sea change has been a great decision, she’s so happy in life. She’s just started a new business from scratch called Singles Supper Club, just two months ago. The idea is that you sign up, have a meeting with Angela, and when she has the numbers, she organises a dinner at a local restaurant for a group of 6. The special part of it is that she brings people together that are likely to get on and have something in common. So she’s brought a face to the traditional online dating world. Stay tuned, because I reckon it’s going to be huge.
Angela needed photos for her website, so that she can bring her face and personality to the business. The terms are much more relaxed in Byron, so we decided to have her photo session in her backyard, and to put her in a nice frock.
the last two pictures are a bit awkward, and totally unprocessed. They were taken early in the session when she was feeling, well, watched, I suppose. They’re straight from the camera with nothing done to them, and normally wouldn’t make the cut. I’ve included them as I thought I’d explain a bit about my process, how I see, and what happens in post production. Anyway, back to Angela. I was patient at this part of the session because I knew Angela needed some time to adjust to being looked at by one big eye!! This is very common. I said to her, as I often do, see how we’re talking just now, and you feel relaxed and your body language is there, keep that going when I bring the camera in.
The next part… keep the conversation going and encourage the self expression to continue…so what had I observed about Angela at this point? Her tattoos, which are all meaningful to her and relate mostly to her pagan religion. As she says, if you want to find out more, google it, because she’s bored with being interesting…it’s just her chosen faith and thanks to the Christians suffers from an image problem. Yep, it’s about spells and witches, as well as a deep connection to the earth, and it’s her thing. And then, there’s her fabulous wild curly hair that goes everywhere she goes! So there I had a couple of elements to work with. And we cracked it!
Finally, post production…well I wanted to keep the look of this result fairly realistic, so I just warmed the images in terms of colour temperature, de-saturated and changed the hue of the green spectrum to hold back the greens and make them softer. I added in a bit of warmth to the shadows, and removed some of the yellow and orange. It’s had a small amount of increased saturation, and some softening applied for the feminine look. Sharpening has been applied of course, and to satisfy the ego, some skin retouching, along with localised sharpening and softening. It’s all very gentle, and still renders the images realistic and not over-photoshopped. It’s soft, pretty and warm.
Thank you Angela!!
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