This is my final chosen image for the photographic portfolio task.
I decided to take the portrait of Emily in the style of fashion photography. The reason I did this is because since getting to know Emily I think that she has a good sense of style and loves clothes and jewellery.
I decided on a winter theme for the photograph, predicting that the weather on the day of the shoot would probably not be great, and so I asked Emily to come in a coat, scarf, gloves etc.
From my research, I found that although the clothes and jewellery were the items in the photographs that were supposed to be of interest, a lot of thought always went into the location of the photograph too and I found the location for the shoot whilst walking along the South Bank to take the photographs for the other part of this weeks blog task. I saw the pier sticking out into the river, and was attracted by the array of buildings behind it, as well as the rustic look of the pier itself. Strangely enough, as I continued to walk, I discovered that there is a second pier that is exactly the same, and a real fashion shoot was taking place on it. This was quite a strange coincidence! But I took it as a sign that it was a fitting location for Emily’s portrait. From my research, I found that although the clothes and jewellery were the items in the photographs that were supposed to be of interest, a lot of thought always went into the location of the photograph too.
Another point I took from my research was that sometimes models look into the camera but not always. I tried a number of poses and shots with Emily, some looking into the camera and some looking away, but after reviewing them all I felt that this shot of Emily looking alightly away from the camera had more features of Fashion photography than the other shots I took.
If I were to get the chance to take this image again, I would give more consideration to the weather on the day of the shoot. It was very overcast and cloudy on this day which did lend itself well to the winter theme, but made it difficult to find the right settings to have the camera on. The sky was very bright white, which almost gives it a look of being over exposed, yet the rest of the image is well exposed. I think that perhaps with a blue sky, the exposure would look more even.