“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”
— Matt Hardy
Chrissie as above. She'd come to the meet up at Bottle Lake Forest hoping to get some 70's vibe shots in that fur coat. We found a neat spot of light not far from everyone and set about getting these. I edited them with a slight vignette and a gold/green colour grade. Shots taken in 5 minutes, 5 minutes worth of editing. As simple as that!
When outdoors, it's always interesting seeing the photographers and their use of light. So many get out their lighting equipment and lug it around with them. Me... I look for the pockets... the best light for the image I want.
With Kat's images (above BNW), I wanted to use the morning sun to highlight her blonde hair.
I knew this would turn out epic with black and white shots as her hair would almost disappear into the sun. I also had to try and position her to get the most out the light that would highlight her body and face. Body isn't so important, but getting that beautiful soft lighting on her face was. When shooting portraits, the face is the most important thing to think about. Even if you're wanting to do a silhouette, you need to consider how much of the face you want highlighted, if at all.
There's lot of really cool wee locations in Christchurch to do photos.
Bottle Lake Forest is just one of them. It's such a massive place where you can easily get lost and wander far, but there's lots of interesting places and spots close to either car park. This particular spot was right next to the Parklands Car Park area and "fairy forest"
Logan describes himself as a quirky person.
With his pink/red hair, he stands out in the crowd. We got a few images of "awkward poses", then as we were walking back, we walked into the most gorgeous pocket of light. That's where I got these images. The spider web had actually been on the opposite side of the track facing the other direction... it's so funny how the same light can create such different images, isn't it?
All you have to do is walk around and see it for what it is.
“The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.”
— Susan Meiselas
Photography for me is just like this quote. I've never felt like I belonged somewhere, and it gives me the chance to be somewhere I may not feel like I should be. It gives me freedom. Hence why I love dancing shots. The movement and the sense of freedom that comes with an image like that, really does say a thousand words.
I'm not a generally sociable person. The kind of human that would prefer the company of my cat at home curled up with a good book. Big groups actually scare the crap out of me. I never know how to react with people and what to say. Feeling some sort of anxiety about public meetings and gatherings is commonplace... more than 3 people and I'm freaking out haha. The TFP meet ups are good for me in a sense because of this. We each go off with a model and come back 10-15 minutes later... we can still mingle with each other but most of us are off doing our own thing with a model. I can mix with small groups and get to know each other. Almost like a social rotation.
The TFP meet up usually works like this....
We all meet in a group at a pre-determined location. Once we're sure we've got everyone we'll move out and find a spot big enough for everyone to work separately in. Some of the time we'll end up in small groups shooting one model, others we might do one-on-one's with the leftover photographers waiting to work with someone.
We'll try to keep it in short bursts with each model so that everyone can get a chance to work with each model.
Depending on the ideas put around, I do find that some photographers end up with pretty much the same images. Especially if they are working with the same outfits and the same locations. Which is why I don't bring any lighting equipment 😂 I like my images soft and natural looking too much. It was also the reason behind me bringing this fabric and dress for a model to wear. I had an image in mind for a long time of what I wanted to do in a forest, it was just unfortunate we didn't delve deeper into the darker parts.