We’ve had an eye on a location we want to use for a while now as we drive past it almost every week. I was contacted by Jo-Louise, a model originally from Bournemouth who still has family here, who wanted to shoot with us. This seemed the perfect opportunity to try out the location. Our assistant photographer Martin also joined us.
The weather forecast was dodgy, but one advantage is it is sheltered in case of rain.
We often use our model shoots to try out new techniques / equipment etc. I had decided to keep this shoot simple though, and despite ending up having most of my gear with me, I shot entirely on the 70-200 F2.8. This is one of my favourite lenses, but for various reasons I don’t get to use it as much as I would like. With it’s fast wide F2.8 aperture throwing backgrounds out of focus and long focal length, it is perfect for portraits.
After a few ‘warm up’ shots it was obvious Jo-Louise was very experienced, she changed her pose with each click of the shutter, enabling us to concentrate on composition. With the overcast day a gold reflector helped to add some warmth to the images and Jo-Louise’s beautiful eyes lit up!
After a quick outfit change we moved location a few hundred yards and continued the urban theme with a grafiti covered garage door.
We couldn’t resist some of the autumn colours now appearing and finished the shoot with a slightly more traditional ‘park’ theme.