Recently I got the chance to attend a workshop with Fashion Photographer Leigh Keily through the City Academy. As an editorial and commercial portrait photographer I am also interested in learning more about the genre of fashion photography and the industry.
We were starting out talking about editorial fashion shoots, analyzing the great work found in lots of fashion magazines. There is a lot of inspiration to get from these magazines, not just for fashion work, but also great ideas for portraiture. So it’s definitely worth collecting them in scrapbook!
After some technical and industry talk we headed out to shoot some street style fashion work. That was the part I was most interested in for a few reasons: Firstly I love environmental portraiture and working on location. Secondly I am also passionate about street photography, which you can see on my second website www.wh-streetphotography.com, though this is entirely candid. So lastly, I am always keen to combine the two genres of portraiture and street in a commercial way. That’s where fashion and especially look books come in. (Next Blog Post will be about a street wear look book shoot I just did!)
A lot of my street photography I shoot in black and white, something I want to incorporate more in my commercial work. It has something timeless and clean about it, less distractions and more emphasis on shapes and negative space:
The part I like when shooting on location is finding interesting frames for the model to pose, that can be shapes, lines, texture, reflections, colours and so on:
Afterwards we headed into the studio to work on white seamless and test out some lighting setups. Even though most of these techniques I use myself in my portraiture and headshot work, there is ALWAYS something new to learn when working together with other photographers! Furthermore it was great to have the freedom to treat this as a test shoot and just try out some new things, directing for some gestures and trying out more unconventional angles.
It was also nice to shoot tighter portraits in black and white, which I definitely want to do more in the future. I really like the quality and feel of a simple monochrome portrait:
In the end I didn’t just learn a lot about fashion photography, but I think this workshop also taught me a lot about my portrait work. That’s what it’s all about, never stop learning and developing your eyes and skillset :)
Model: Oscar Angel