’60s Project
March 21, 2018 by GordonM in Blog, fashion, Portfolio 0 Comments

The ’60s is a fascinating era for initiating a change in fashion photography.  So to me that is a great reason to start a new photography project, trying to embrace many of the hallmark looks from the time. For me starting any project involves lots of research and my research mostly started in the autumn of last year.  A good start was looking at the icons of that time ….. David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton, Brian Duffy, Twiggy …… to just name a few.  Then of course there were the locations, more often than not around Carnaby Street in London, although of course David Bailey took Jean Shrimpton to Manhattan, New York to deliver a photoshoot that kicked Vogue magazine into a more modern publication that needed to echo the younger, more liberated, generation of the time.   If you are interested, you must see the film We’ll Take Manhattan that tells (whilst probably embellishing) this story.   If you haven’t time to watch the video then you can check out the photos from that trip in this Guardian article. So watching that Manhattan film and also looking at a number of youtube videos on documentaries about Twiggy, other photographers and fashion from […]

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No Makeup Project – Shoot with Saff
November 18, 2017 by GordonM in gear, people, portrait, project 0 Comments

It was a really bright sunny July day in Haverhill when Saffron Jaye Richardson and I got together for the next shoot in my no-makeup project.  I first met Saff when we both went out to Mallorca last year for a few days shooting fashion.  This was a very successful and enjoyable trip, we got along well and the photos were terrific.  Saff is a model who is always immaculately turned out, does her own makeup which is top-notch and when posing gives off an aura of elegance and sophistication. So to agree to this no-makeup shoot was a significant step for her and she admitted to being really nervous as it would be the first time on a photoshoot without makeup.  I reassured her that she had no need to worry, she looked terrific and what with her recent hair colour change to brunette, I could immediately see that the photos would turn out great.  If I could tame the light from the sunny day that is. The bright sun was giving lots of harsh shadow and with no makeup shoots you have always got to be careful with lighting so as to not show up any imperfections on […]

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No makeup project with Georgia Annable
March 31, 2017 by GordonM in people, portrait, project 0 Comments

It was a nice sunny day, although a little chilly, when I turned up for a shoot with actress and model Georgia Annable after she had been in touch and wanted to be part of my no-makeup project.  I have worked with Georgia before on her family’s farm smallholding and there were some nice buildings that would give us cover if it were to rain, or as was the case on this day, to provide some cover overhead to block out the strong and contrasty light from the sun. Good lighting plays an important part in this project as too much contrasty light, from the side particularly, will show up any flaws on the skin.  Georgia had great skin but as I’ve said to all the models in this project, I’m not out to embarrass any of them and that I would always strive to get nice lighting that complements the natural beauty we are trying to achieve.    With this in mind and armed with a Fuji X-T2 with 56mm f1.2 attached set to a wide aperture in aperture priority, I positioned Georgia just under the canopy of a small lean-to used for storing a tractor and some straw […]

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No-makeup project – Shoot with Liv Free
March 2, 2017 by GordonM in people, portrait, project 0 Comments

Time for another shoot in my no-makeup project series and this time I decided to go outside with local model Liv Free.   I’d seen Liv’s work previously and much of it is very creative, polished, great styling and with terrific makeup.  Which is understandable really as she is also a professional makeup artist.   However, I tried to visualise beneath her usual finery and thought that she had a perfect face and poise to be able to strip back to no makeup and simple styling.  So I was pleased when she said “Yes” to being involved with something potentially a little different for her. It was a chilly sort of day again …. it was early springtime in the UK … but whilst it was overcast it was quite bright.  Perfect perhaps to keep a portrait soft with no harsh shadows.   So technically there wasn’t anything significant to report on this shoot that was much different to the previous two shoots as I did all of the shoot with my Fuji X-T2 out with the 56mm, aperture priority with f2 selected most of the time to make use of the blurred bokeh from different background textures.  Some brick […]

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