Bridal Fashion Photography on the Farm - Kent Wedding Photographers.

Bridal Fashion Photography - Everyone who knows me well understands that I am pre-occupied with taking pictures. A lot of businesses spend a lot of time and effort on branding and advertising but for me the single most important thing is the photography. Throughout the wedding down season I exploit every opportunity to practice and hone my skills.  When Kylie offered me the chance to shoot at the farm I knew it was too good an opportunity to miss. The styling and concept is thanks to Kylie Marsh, not only did she research the era and advise on hair and make-up styles but she also sourced the fantastic 70's dress. In addition to her role as creative director she also kept us supplied with homemade cake - good news for any artistic team.

Many thanks to Lucy Moat  and Tasha Shields for Make-up and Hair styling - Maid-Up Makeup Artistry. Also special thanks to our beautiful model Abigail  Greenfield who was a real pleasure to work with.

For me it was an opportunity to attempt to quickly capture some stunning images in a short time. I even used TTL flash for a few of these - having Vi Karaliūtė assisting meant I could get a small softbox in nice and close. As always with TTL I found the results inconsitent but for a rapidly moving wedding environment in full sun the high speed synch does provide a simple solution.

After the TTL experiment I reverted to the fashion photographers favourite - using the beauty dish to balance the ambient light. I even used just natural light for a few of the  looks.

All in all a great team and a great couple of hours photography - but a above all a great opportunity to practice.

 

Photography by Kent Wedding Photographer - Alan Langley]

1990's Fashion with Madam Popoff in Margate - Kent Fashion Photography

An editorial style shoot with a 90's heroin chic influence. I will be honest, I didn't really have to do very much - Deborah (Madam Popoff) was responsible for the styling and artistic direction. The dress was the same as the one worn by Kelly Macdonald in Trainspotting. The brief for the hair was big - big hair and Amanda and Liam from Vanilla Rooms did an amazing jog. Emily White was in charge of make-up to complete the look.

Angela's Cafe in Margate provided the perfect location having been recently refurbished in a 90's style. I started with some natural light images the soft light from the big windows was perfect for normal portraits but it wasn't really the look I wanted.

 

 

 

We needed a much harder darker look to give a grungy atmosphere to the shoot - I really wanted a night time feel for the final images.

 

A shameless plug for the special edition Tracey Emin Margate mugs available from Margate Kiss Me Quick shop.

 

I used a small softbox but replaced the diffusion panel with a square of cardboard with some slits cut out. This sounds quite precise but the really this was just a section of cardboard box with some slots roughly hacked out with a stanley knife. This gave the feeling of light coming through blinds and provided a much more contrasty look.

 

 

The beauty of the DIY cardboard modifier was that I could create horizontal or vertical patterns. Vertical or horizontal blids if you like!!  You can see the modifier in action in the image below.

 

 

A nice little shot of the outside of the cafe to finish.

 

 

Before I sign off I will share a couple of images accepted by the Vogue Itatia website.

 

kent fashion Photographer Margate

 

 

Credits

Model - Katka Madzin | Stylist - Madam Popoff | Hair - Liam and Mandy, The Vanilla Rooms | MUA - Emily White | Location - Angelas Cafe | Photography Assistant - Vilte Karaliute | Photographer - Alan Langley

Fashion Photography by the sea - Madam Popoff in Margate

Readers of this blog will know that I often shoot in Margate for Madam Popoff. The bulk of the images are used for her to sell her vintage clothing on Asos Marketplace. Asos Marketplace have fairly strict guidelines for their images. Everything has to be portrait orientation and shot in natural light. Looking through other vendors it is obvious that not everyone sticks to the rules but we always do. I have been asked a number of times about my settings and technique. I either use an 85mm or 70-200mm lens for these shoots. I normally use Aperture priority unless it is very overcast when I use manual. I prefer evaluative or matrix metering and basically ride the exposure compensation up or down. I tend to shoot around f3.2-4.0 - this seems to work best for me. Another little tip is to get your camera down low and shoot up, this makes the model's legs look longer and tends to give a more pleasing image. I also try to avoid harsh light so try to find some shade or sometimes use backlight. You will see the first images below are lit from behind but light is reflected up from the white concrete steps.

 

Whenever we do one of these shoots it is also good to try and do something a little more creative. The image below is something I have had in my mind for sometime and to be honest is still not quite there. For this shot we effectively needed to overpower the sun, not easy when it was bright and high in the sky. I started by setting the exposure in an attempt to slightly underexpose the background - I ended up around ISO50 160/F16. I used a portable 600ws studio with a beauty dish to provide the fill light onto the model. The 160th second shutter speed is a limiting factor as that is as fast as I can relably synch using the flash unit's buit in wireless trigger. The problem for me was the sun was just a little too bright, our poor model Lucy was freezing as although it was very bright there was a strong, cold sea breeze. This breeze also meant that my assistant Vi had to hang onto the lightstand to stop the whole rig from blowing away. I do like the final image and love the blue against blue but would have liked a more interesting sky.

 

 

The other images are just a bit of fun - you will notice that Lucy is now wearing a winter cape in an attempt to keep warm.

 

 

1970's Bridal Fashion - with a modern twist.

One beautiful model + one classic dress + amazing creative team  = three very different looks. That is enough from me, I will let the pictures do the talking.

 

 

 

Credits

Model - Katka Madzin

Hair - Amanda Dodd and Liam Ward  - The Vanilla Rooms, Dover

Make-up   - Lucy Moat - Maid-up Makeup Artistry

Dress - Madam Popoff Margate

Flowers - Victoria Woodbridge - Victoria's Flowers

 

 

Vogue Italia Website - Photo Vogue - Alan Langley

Vogue Italia Website - Alan Langley

I am not usually one to blow my own trumpet but I am extremely proud to share with you some images that have been published on the Vogue Italia - Photo Vogue website. The  first two  feature Catherine Heydon.

 

UK Fashion Editorial Photographer

 

A little update - I have another image accepted. This time the lovely Lucy Lu Evans styled by Madam Popoff.

 

Vogue Italia Alan Langley

 

And another featuring Catherine

 

 

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And lots more ....

 

 

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Vogue Italia Website - Alan Langley

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Vogue Italia Website - Alan Langley

Vogue Italia Alan Langley

A Gilded Priory - Fashion Photography

A Spring Summer 2013 shoot on a freezing January day. My lasting memory from this day will always be just how cold it was - top marks to the team and especially our model Julia for keeping going. For the photographers amongst you I kept things very quick and simple. The majority of shots were taken with the 70-200 - it was essential for us to keep moving! Most of the images were lit with a single head with a beauty dish - although I also used a transluscent shower curtain for some of the images to recreate window light.

Many thanks to  all of the team and especially to Liz at St Augustine's Priory.

 

Model: Julia Ja - Leni's Model Management Make-up: Lucy Moat - Maid-up Makeup Artistry Hair: Tasha Shields Styling: Chhimmi Dholkar Gurung Location: StAugustine's Priory Bpe

 

Madam Popoff - Asos Marketplace Collection

We always look forward to our trips to Margate to shoot with Madam Popoff. The main reason for the shoot was to take pictures for Asos Marketplace. Asos have guidelines for their pictures which in some ways restricts creativity. All of the shots need to be in portrait orientation you are also not allowed to use flash. The more alert of you may notice in a couple of the pictures I have posted here is a little bit of beauty dish fill - but none of these were submitted :-) You can also see some of Thomas' pictures here