Sam found me on facebook and asked whether I would do some actors’ headshots (of which more in a later post) in exchange for him modelling for me. As teenage portraits and actors’ headshots are two of my favourite things, how could I say no?! It was great fun and allowed me to indulge myself creatively without being constrained by a formal brief. Shooting personal work is, for me, hugely important and I should do more of it; I learn something new from every photograph I take and this helps me to become a better photographer and, ultimately, enables me to shoot better work for my clients. It’s very easy to become so wrapped up in doing work for our clients that we don’t take time out for self-improvement.
I didn’t really have any preconceived ideas about how I was going to approach the shoot, but we did have a detailed conversation about clothing, and once Sam had told me what was in his wardrobe, I narrowed it down to the pieces which I thought would work well. And he didn’t disappoint on the day either, turning up with a suitcaseful of clothes and accessories – who said it was just girls who had loads of clothes?!
In the end, I chose 3 key locations and 4 main outfits, which gave lots of variety. I got a bit obsessed with those sunglasses too, which I thought really worked well. It was a freezing cold morning, but the autumn light was beautiful and Sam didn’t mind me dragging him from one end of Guildford to the other. Here are some of my favourites from the day – thank you Sam; you were a great model!