Aug 282011

I honestly thought I took those photos long time ago, but apparently it has only been six months since. Not so bad after all…

Svetlana got in touch with me and asked if I was interested in taking photos of her. It was a bit different assignment than usual as she was 7 months pregnant. Of course I agreed.

We met for a coffee first, as I always prefer to do (rarely I go on a portraiture shooting without knowing better the person who is going to be in front of my camera). She was wearing a winter coat and you could barely see that this elegant woman was even pregnant.

We talked for about two hours and I clearly remember that I wanted to take out my camera and shoot a few test photos (my way of making my models feel more comfortable on the actual shooting). The setting was one of my favorite ones: we sat next to a big window and nice diffused light was coming in through it. Unfortunately in the background there was some guy with a son and the kid was wearing a bright orange jacket… C’mon! I know it is easier to spot those little brats in snow dressed like that but those colors might ruin other peoples photos! (and yes, I know I could use PS to fix that later…).

After a few weeks we met again in a studio to do the shooting. It was not supposed to be a regular pregnancy shoot, that is with a husband, romantic looks, hearts on a belly, etc. (FYI: if you ask me to do that I will). This shoot was about her. When I think about that it crosses my mind that this might have been the last time she was directly the main subject of attention – after giving birth it would change to “it’s all about the baby” time (maybe with a bit of exaggeration, but…).

I have chosen a few photos to post here but please note: it is not meant to be a series of photos. Most photos are quite different from each other. Allow me to give you just different tags which cross my mind when I see those photos: fun, beauty, elegance, composition, details, curves, shadows.

For example I really enjoy the photo with legs and a box, very simplistic, with a lot of space which almost says “take your time”. Then you can take your time and appreciate shapes and light – on one hand a part of a human body, curved, with a subtle game of shadows, on the other a box (cuboid), plain and simple. The balance between those two makes the photo interesting for me.

Hope you will find those photos interesting too.

 Posted by at 12:45 pm
Aug 182011

For a few days I had limited access to the internet hence no posts for a while.

A few months ago I was fortunate to meet Renée. We both attended one of the F-stop meetings being held at Mpls Photo Center. She caught my attention immediately not only by her looks but the way she was behaving, just sitting there relaxed, knitting something. It seemed like company of couple of dozen strangers is the most cozy environment one can wish for. Well… one of those strangers (that is me, the stalker) was about to approach her and say that she is a beautiful woman and he would be more than happy to take some photos of her (BTW, I almost never do that, seriously). She graciously agreed and after a few weeks we arranged a small shoot.

We thought about going to a park but since we didn’t have too much time (two hours) we’ve decided to stay at her place as there was a nice small garden behind the building. I really enjoy having peaceful and calm atmosphere on my photos and it seemed that this location was going to be the right one for that. I just wish I had some nice glasses to put on a counter there, maybe also a cigarette or a big hat  in the style of Audrey Hepburn for Renée.

We shot a few photos outside and then decided to move inside. Light inside was quite challenging – light sources with different temperatures I couldn’t easily remove from the scene, mirrors in the background, etc. But it was a good excuse to focus entirely on Renée. I have to say that for me she resembles Audrey Hepburn – eyebrows, big dark eyes, face structure, overall delicate appearance. Maybe one day we’ll try to follow this lead? Just for fun.

On my way out I spotted another place on a mezzanine storey – quite small place (2 sq m) with an interesting light source (very small window). So just for fun we stopped and took a few more shots. Quite fortunate I was as this last portrait is one of my favorite ones of her.