I’ve been to London many times over the years and wandered around with a photographers eye thinking about what pictures/backgrounds would work. This week I went over with Colin Cruickshank from Jersey to see what ideas we could shoot. Gear was limited as we didn’t want to carry too much, just camera and a flash, we only took 2 lenses which meant we could work fast and get a fair bit done. At one point we just swapped cards and used the same camera for speed, a great idea until I think I’ve lost my CF cards!!!! The temperature was 25 degrees both days and a bit stuffy in the city but it meant our ace models would not get cold.
The first day we hired the fab Sky Seraphin to model for us, she brought a suitcase full of gear and had some amazing looks for us to work with. We started round by the houses of parliament then moved on to the Millenium Bridge by St Pauls. We were after anything touristy and London in the pics including busses or taxis. I’ve always wanted to shoot in the busy Regent Street area so we nipped down there for a few pics before finishing off at Picadilly. Another pic I’ve always wanted is a dusk shot at Picadilly Circus, it was fairly busy and a couple of street entertainers had drawn a large crowd but in London nothing fazes anyone and we cracked on un hindered.
Day two we hired Katalin Kallo, another beautiful model with the longest hair I’d ever seen! We went to Buckingham Palace for a couple of quick shots but it wasn’t ideal with the amount of police around so we found a nice quiet leafy street for an Autumnal look then it was back on the tube for another urban background. We worked with natural light also and found some amazing studio like quality light in some of the open buildings and arches around London. I love going to new venues and just having a look for the good light. We couldn’t leave without a pic next to Tower Bridge, can’t get more London that that!
I find the best pictures start with a good idea, if you know what you want then it’s easy to work towards it.
There were hundreds of people around both days watching and taking pics of us working, great fun and I’ll definitely be going back soon with some more ideas (now I know the best route for the coffee shops)