PROMO: Kate Holdaway

A couple of weeks ago, I was photographing the lovely Kate Holdaway for her new website. I first met Kate a year or two ago, she’s a good friend of the singer in my husband’s band, so we’d run into each other plenty of times before meeting for this shoot. We discussed locations, and a friend of mine had been talking about Bohemia in Brighton, so after looking around it, Kate decided it was the right kinda place for her shoot.

Kate sorted out a few different outfits, and wanted to try a totally different look with a black wig too. For the first headshots against the brickwall, I used a stage fan (stolen from my husband’s van!) to get some movement in Kate’s hair. It’s kinda heavy so I don’t often take it to location shoots, but it was one of the key shots we originally wanted to do. The rest of the shoot was quite improvised, helped out by the fact the Bohemia staff were really easy-going, letting us move all their furniture around and setting off alarms..!

Anyway, here are the photos! Extra thanks to Elena who did hair and make up, and helped out with reflectors etc

PORTRAIT: Anja’s Graduation

This was something slightly different! Anja got in touch with me about doing some photos with her family and friends after her graduation ceremony. I’d never photographed a graduation before, and Anja didn’t have anything specific in mind; she just wanted some nice photos to remember the day by. Her parents had traveled over from Germany so it was a really special day for Anja. We spent an hour doing a mix of formal shots and more casual and fun poses, before they headed off to celebrate with a meal and some wine!

 

I only had a few hours to get home, edit the photos and send them over to Anja since I was leaving for a two-week roadtrip around Europe the following day. I was so pleased when she sent me a nice email saying how she liked the photos: “Rach they’re fantastic! I had a proper look. My parents got the chance too because you sent them so supersonicly fast 😀 We were super impressed, I mean seriously, you’ve got an eye for beautiful shots. I can’t believe how many nice pictures came out at the end, that was definitely money well spent. My parents agreed too 🙂 The whole day was overwhelming and I’m still not fully wound down, thanks for being part of it and helping to make Tuesday such a brilliant day!”

 

Anyway, here are some of the photographs 🙂

 

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Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

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Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

Graffiti Photoshoot

Yesterday, me and Jasmine did our graffiti photoshoot. We’d spent a couple of days working out locations and outfits, which eventually ended up being quite different to our original ideas. In the morning, I did Jasmine’s hair and we both worked towards her make up – neither of us have much experience with styling like this, so it was a bit nerve-wracking to start with!

I drove us over to the location and we got started. We got lots of odd looks from passers-by as we clambered on trolleys and piled up spray cans, some other photographers even tried taking some photos, and one guy offered to make us a website.. Overall, it was really positive, albeit exhausting and filthy! 🙂

Cube Shoot Photos

These are my final photos from the Cube photoshoot that was set up and organised by Felicitas. I was taking behind the scenes photos, but also managed to grab a few of the models too!

Parallax Exhibition at Mile End Art Pavilion, London

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been working with local architect and artist Phillip Hall-Patch. Phil contacted me at the start of the year about photographing a project he wanted to put together for the Parallax Exhibition. His concept was to project complex mathematical grids onto the human body and show the distortion of the grids around the body. A couple of the final images which will be on show at the exhibition can be seen below, as well as a flyer for the exhibition, which runs until 8th June. Phil is selling some prints too – if you’re interested in finding out more about the project, check out his website here.




PORTRAIT: Marie Antoinette-inspired shoot

Last week I worked with make up artist Elloise India Willett and model Nicole Dutschke to put together this Marie Antionette-inspired shoot. Often, as the photographer, I’m involved with the planning and direction of shoots. In this instance however, Elloise did everything! She first approached me with the concept after we worked together on a commerical shoot. We set a date, and Elloise did the hair and make up, booked the model, and sourced the dress.

 

I was aiming, with this shoot, to get a delicate balance between the natural light in the room and the flash-thru-softbox I was using to place a little more emphasis on Nicole’s face. Elloise had sent over a few inspiration images, and the lighting in each was very soft, so I wanted to get something similar. I diffused the flash several times to get a soft look, and set my shutter speed and ISO in accordance with the natural light. We were shooting in Elloise’s living room, which was three or four storeys up and had plenty of windows letting in the early-afternoon sun, so the flash really only needed to be a little extra push.

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Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK