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A new take on a lovely image of Harrie

A New take on a lovely image of Harrie – A lovely image of Harriett Langley (Harrie). I shot it some time ago when I was new to Sony gear. It was taken of a borrowed Sony A7R Mk II, with a kit lens. It’s quite heavily cropped, like a lot of my images.

Earlier Articles are listed below…

Cropping Cody

Cropping Cody

I’ve lost the plot. It’s been a while since they’ve let me me out. And, even longer since I have shot a single image worth a mention. So I thought I’d go back and look at a shoot with Cody.
The shot above is the final crop. It took me around 2 hours and 30 mins to decide upon the it.

I used every guide that Adobe Photoshop CC2021 avails me, whilst using the crop tool. I used the thirds tool, I used the Golden Spiral tool, I referenced Bert Stern’s “The Last Sitting”, I cropped her back out, and rotated the image to add purpose to the pose. I did the old “rotate the images 180 degrees” and crop trick I learned at art college. I considered the image as a whole, abstracting myself from the image and asking what the story is?… What am I trying to say? “What does the viewer see?” “What do I want the viewer to see?”

In the end I WhatsApped Cody and asked her… She prefers the shot above… so I went with that… If you can’t trust the model to know what looks good what’s the point?

Cody or Claire? …a stolen moment

Cody or Claire? …a stolen moment

Searching for the natural.

Back in the summer Cody and I set about creating some portraits and head shots for her modelling agency. She is pushing on with more commercial work and needed some new images for their look books.
You may have seen some of them in Cody’s folios.

Whilst those shots have been chosen for their commercial value, my personal favourites are often the frames that I manage to steal when the model isn’t, well, modelling, so to speak.
Sure, the collar on the shirt isn’t the best. She’s been sipping the coffee and the lipstick isn’t the best either. The hair on the left is not laying flat, and the earring is hiding behind the hair, but, she was lost in thought for around one or two seconds.
Having worked with her quite a lot, I have become accustomed to seeing the difference between the professional, commercial “Cody Look” and the personal “Claire, Smiling”

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