Another year I get to spend a fun morning meeting and shoot the portraits of some interior designer talent of the future at The Interior Design school founded by Iris Dunbar, (Director) http://idschool.co.uk
Each student gets to select a designer chair that they would like to sit in and my part is to photograph a relaxed, approachable yet professional portrait that will introduce them to the interior design community from the launch of their end-of-year show right on through to their first commissioned post and beyond.
It is amazing we get all 15 or so portraits wrapped up by lunch and everyone feels like it was a whole lot more of a fun experience than they were expecting. As a portrait photographer I always tell my students that once the bells and whistles on their camera and lighting is learnt to level of second nature, the true skill of Portrait Photography is the communication with the subject and being able to read what shape/pose suits them best. There is not one posture suits all. We come in all different shapes and sizes and there is always a great pose for us all. Some subjects are a challenge, that find it hard to relax and not be self conscious, but after a bit of my irish banter I manage to bring out a moment just right for the shot. Above, Interior design student Anya was the opposite and a natural in front of the camera… finally selecting the image top left as her profile image.
I am very much looking forward to meeting all the present year students and tutors again and looking at the work at The Interior Design school’s end of year show early summer 2016. I will also be sharing how I took these shots and more on my up coming ‘Portrait Photography: Studio & location‘ course @MorleyCollege starting on 11th April this year:
Whilst looking for images for my students on my ‘Time & Light’ photography course at Morley College to demonstrate shooting dance photography with just available light and hand holding the camera at about 1/20 – 1/30 second I came across these images that I shot in the national school of dance and arts in Havana, Cuba. I was so privileged to have access to photography this dance students in their lesson. It was GREAT! The energy, (and temperature) in the room was high. The live drumming vibrating through the air. These were shot back when we only had film and I had intuitively developed through much practice when to click the shutter. But, one of the first things I hated about digital photography was the delayed shutter time from pressing the button and the shutter actually opening. Thank goodness digital technology has improved on this… what would have become of the decisive moment? I hope to re-run the Time and Light course at Morley college in the autumn, as part of my other seven short photography courses and workshops, that compliment my continuous professional practice as a commission photographer. If these images should inspire you to go and dance in Cuba, then check out the very good Cuban dance holidays run by Kerry Ribchester director of Key2Cuba, http://www.key2cuba.com