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Monday, 10 February 2014

Sultry Shoot for Johanna Hehir Bridal

When I first had a coffee with Johanna to discuss shooting with her we ran through ideas and both liked the thought of creating some images with a sultry, evening, ambient feeling.  Turns out the perfect location was the fabulous, intimate Purl bar on Blandford Street - which serves cocktails, wine and craft beers.

It was through this shoot that I met the lovely Abby from Cherished Vintage - in her words 'Cherished pieces celebrate the warm lustre of old faux pearls, the soft sparkle of antique paste stones,  and the vibrancy of mid-century rhinestones. This sensitivity to the enduring beauty of vintage pieces is what Cherished is all about'.

I suggested we work with the brilliant Cat Fransham from Make Up For Brides who amazed us all with the speed that she changed the hair and look across the shoot.  I can never recommend Cat enough to my brides but also love working with her on this kind of thing.

For the photographers reading this I like to set myself a challenge on shoots like this - and in this instance it was working in a location with no natural daylight at all.  It was essential to maintain the warmth of the tungsten bar lights and not lose any of the dress detail so I shot nearly everything with the Elinchrom Ranger Quadras and a 135 Rotalux Octa.  By using the B Channel on low power I am still able to shoot wide open (btw f3.5 and f5) and keep the imagery looking like my natural light work.   The use of the kit is thanks to the team at The Flash Centre.  And Nikki Brealey was my superstar assistant - hunting down duct tape with me!

In a couple of the alcove shots due to lack of space I used the Westcott Ice Light just to lift the images a tad.

All of us love the images and are already beginning to plan another shoot for the new collections.

Click on the images to see them larger. x

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