Fashion in a Car Park

I wanted to get a gritty, attitudey (if that’s a word), but still oh so cool and chic, look to this fashion shoot in a car park.  As a Sussex photographer, I’m always on the lookout for locations local to me in Sussex.  When you start looking you’d be amazed how many there are.  Everywhere.

biker jacket

For a while now I’ve had my eye on a crash barrier in a car park.  As you do.  It was perfectly angled for a shot with the early morning winter sun coming in low and backlighting my model.  I always prefer to backlight my images, rather than blind my models, but not only for that reason – I like soft light.  Bright direct sun onto the face can be so harsh.

leather jacket fashion

Now I’m going to contradict myself, because we did turn the shot around and have the sun behind me.  I asked Jade to keep her eyes shut in between shots and then open briefly to look straight down the lens with a bit of attitude to suit our shoot style.  I love the contrast.

street fashion

Jade did brilliantly, and looking at the photos you’d have no idea that she was in fits of giggles between each perfectly composed shot.  I really should resist cracking jokes when we’re trying to be cool and serious.

biker fashion shoot


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Portfolio shoot in Hastings

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One thing I’ll never understand about the UK is why people with ginger hair get picked on.  I think any shade of red is gorgeous.  I don’t remember everyone in my class at school (all that long time ago), but I remember Janine Thomas, because she had the most beautiful red hair.

So, it is no surprise that I love photographing redheads.  The vibrant hair colour contrasting with usually pale skin and green or blue eyes automatically makes the photo vibrant regardless of location or background.  I love contrast in my imagery, whether it is textures, a beautiful woman in an industrial background, colours or feeling.  Contrast highlights the difference and this makes the image interesting.

I put out a model call on Facebook for redheads and Olivia responded.  She had no modelling experience, but was open to direction and keen to work with me to create beautiful imagery.  Nailed it!  To top it all off, we had a great time and I can’t wait for our next shoot.  Maybe when it is a little less freezing though.

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