In September 2018 I was contacted by the creator of Laurelle Woman, a Leeds based womenswear brand. Laura wanted a quality photoshoot for her new clothing line so we met for a coffee and spent some time discussing colour schemes, location, model and props. The resulting shoot is definitely one of my favourites so far!
I picked Block 47 Studios in Leeds as our location. I think this is one of the best studios in town, the guys who run it are super nice and the space is well organised and suitable to many uses. Highly recommended.
Model Tasha did an amazing job posing for the camera and so did Laura styling and directing. On my side, I focused on making the most out of the natural light coming in from the big windows at the studio. Although it was a cloudy day, overcast sky is actually really good for portraits as it produces a soft and diffused light on the subject. Playing with plants, drapes and depth of field also helped give the shoot a natural and crisp look.
Although these days I don’t have as much spare time as I used to, I try to explore the coast and nature reserves in Yorkshire any time I can. I mostly look out for birds and other wildlife and I’m usually rewarded with some pretty interesting sighting!
Adel Dam Nature Reserve is a small gem on the outskirts of northern Leeds. Situated next to Golden Acre park, it’s mainly composed of woodland and wetland. There are a couple of hides from where you are almost certainly guaranteed to see kingfishers and other aquatic birds. I’ve also seen various birds of prey (red kites, buzzards, sparrowhawks) and rabbits in the fields.
Scarborough is known for being a seaside resort, therefore most people wouldn’t expect it to be a “wild” place. I like to think that if you have a trained eye, wildlife can be spotted virtually anywhere.
Strolling along the town’s harbour turned out to be a bit challenging due to the amount of people, but in a single afternoon I managed to see a few seabirds – including a very confident cormorant – and a beautiful harbour porpoise!