15th July 2016
This is portrait of a friend’s daughter Leah, who it seems like yesterday was seven. Boy time flies. One of my rather rare studio sessions outside of deep winter (I do like shooting them outside in my special spot). We did start outside, but the light went and we weren’t done.
One of the advantages of studio shoots is that they can be more relaxing, not having to constantly adapt to the changing lighting conditions. As long as you can rely on your kit of course.
There always seems to be some gromit or thingamy that wants to play up, but it always fixable. One of the things I love about photography is that it constantly keeps you on your toes. You’re always having to think one step ahead, and have the task of keeping your head in a very creative space whilst processing a raft of rather boring but essential technical and practical stuff. Or you have three assistants and don’t of course. But I think having that irritating stuff in the back of your mind is actually a creative spur, your mind has to dip in and out of its creative processes, and in doing so you can often get to visit an idea afresh and from a different angle. Other times of course it’s just a pain in the arse, but let’s not blame our tools 😉