Volunteers project - Session 1
I've been looking for a personal project to do to expand my creativity and experience and in particular with portraits of adults and so I've come up with what I call my Volunteer Project. I love taking photos of my children and other folk's children but the nature of the "beast" is that children don't always play nice. They don't always go into that pose you want them to and they don't always stand in the light the way you want them.
This personal project is focused solely on portraits of adults. There are several reasons I want to do this but the main one is to get out my comfort zone as I've been told that this is where you really start to improve. I've been reading blogs and watching lots of videos and tutorials on lighting and posing so I need to get all this information out of my head and into real life situations. This isn't always possible to achieve with portrait sessions of children.
Session one, with Lynne of Lynne Harper Photography happened at the Dean Castle and Country Park in Kilmarnock at the weekend. 10am start and Stephanie of Stephanie Anne Photography was already waiting for me in the car park and keen to get started. Stephanie has stepped in to be one of my volunteer assistants for this project, again another first for me; normally I work completely solo unless my good lady is there to help. Right on cue Lynne arrived looking a wee bit nervous as she'd already told me that volunteering for this shoot was going to be well out of her comfort zone. She is more than happy to stand behind the camera but getting in front of it was a challenge for her. Lynne is a fantastic professional photographer who's passion is in new born portraits. She must have the patience of a saint and she absolutely has a love for her new borns which really came across during our conversation at the shoot. I was nervous too as taking a professional photographer's portrait was more daunting.
We both relaxed as the session progressed and all three of us had some good conversations getting pretty geeky at one point on camera equipment and all things photography. I had to make a conscious effort to slow down as often my shoots are quite intense chasing children around the park. Slowing down allowed me to consider the shots more especially the best lighting to find for the scene. I definitely learned a lot from talking to Lynne and Stephanie and by stepping out of our comfort zones I think we all came away from the session better off for doing that.
Lynne says she's pleased with the images so, phew, that's a big relief :o)
I'm really looking forward to my next shoot which will be a couple session with Bonnie and Donald this weekend and again Stephanie will be there to assist which is great.
Here are a few images from my shoot with Lynne. Don't forget if you're local to Ayrshire, over 16, get in touch if you want to be part of my Volunteer Project. You get a free shoot and some images to share with your friends and family.
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