Yesterday I had the pleasure of shooting the lovely Emma in Clifton, Bristol.
She wanted to get some outdoor shots similar to the fashion shots you’d see taken in somewhere like Holborn, London. I decided on Clifton as it’s got a lot of choice when it comes to classier backgrounds.
Emma is relatively new to modelling but you wouldn’t have guessed it as she needed little to no direction in front of the camera.
Although we had one outfit, we did a couple of different looks by changing up backgrounds and introducing a single speed light for some edgier low key looks.
I haven’t shot portraits for a while but this was a fun shoot to inspire me to get back into it.
I’ve been really pushing myself to shoot more portraits over the past few months and the hard work is beginning to pay off.
My shoot with Tara for the magazine submission was accepted and so I should be a published photographer later this month, which is awesome news. I’ve also invested in some new gear and have been working really hard learning Photoshop so that I can professionally retouch my photos instead of just pushing Lightroom to its limits.
The results of my hard work and the awesome models I’ve worked with recently have really elevated my portrait work onto a new level, so much so that I decided to set up a dedicated Instagram feed just for my portraiture (@craigpittsportraiture) along with a brand new portfolio site (currently under construction).
I hope the skills and experience I’ve gained over the past few months will benefit not only myself as a photographer but my clients also. I also hope to gain more experience in the commercial side of portraiture, specifically magazines so my goal for 2016 is to get published a lot more, which means working on some amazing concepts with talented teams.
Here’s a few portraits that I’ve taken recently, both commercial and conceptual:
For those interested in shooting with me, either standard portraiture or to work on a concept, please contact me via the Contact Form and I’ll be in touch.
I’ve not posted for a while, it’s been a crazy past month with so much going on. I’ve been shooting more than ever and I’m in the process of building a new dedicated portfolio site, so that’s taken up most of my free time.
Here’s a couple of cool urban/landscape shots I’ve captured over the last few months:
I post the majority of my latest work over on my Instagram Feeds: @craigpittsphoto and @craigpittsportraiture so if you want to stay up to date, give me a follow.
Otherwise I have big plans this year so look out for my new portfolio site due in the next month or so and I’ll also be blogging on here when I go on my next photography adventure.
I recently got the opportunity to help Tara produce a few beach boudoir shots modelling her homemade lingerie.
We did the shoot early morning at the famous Bondi Beach.
As I didn’t have an assistant holding a reflector I had to strongly back and side light Tara in order not to turn her into a silhouette.
I usually like to shoot dark and edgy portraits so it was a challenge for me having to edit the shots a lot more subtly than I’m used to so that the shots look more natural but I’m happy with the results.
Here’s a few from the shoot below:
I’ve got a few cool shoots in the pipeline including an abandoned building, smoke and a couple of flashes for dramatic lighting so stay tuned!
Palm Beach is a northern beachside suburb of Sydney.
Those of you interested in popular culture may know it as the location of Aussie soap Home & Away.
I wanted to get a shot of the beach at sunset but as the sun sets on the West and the beach faces East, I needed a vantage point where I could get a wide angle that included the sunset and the beach.
At the far end of the beach is Barrenjoey Headland, where the Barrenjoey Lighthouse sits. After scouting out whether it was feasible to climb the lighthouse for a shot (it wasn’t) I decided to climb up onto the cliff face to get a high vantage point and here’s the final result below:
Recently I had the opportunity to shoot a panorama of the CBD district of Sydney from a 51st floor apartment in the heart of the city.
Normally to get a shot from that height you have to shoot through glass or get access to a roof but luckily this apartment had a large slide window big enough for me to shoot three separate shots that I edited, synced and then stitched together all using Adobe Lightroom.
The sunset wasn’t as strong as I wanted and there was a lot of cloud around so I focused on creating a dramatic image which contrasted heavily between the deep blue sky and the warm orange glow of the city lights.
It’s been a while since I shot a selective black and white architectural image with my focus being on portraiture but the other day whilst out in the city, I decided to shoot The Art Gallery of NSW to create such an image.
The original shot was bland and boring but that’s what I love about the power of Lightroom and your individual creativity, you can literally create anything you want.