Sarah | #52Portraits Week 7

For the seventh week of my portrait challenge, I met with Sarah in Finsbury Park for a relaxed portrait session. I have the self-appointed title of “Least Prepared Londoner”, as I don’t own either an umbrella or a rain coat – not very nice on days such as this. Upon arrival to the park, we were met by gale-force winds and freezing rain to boot. We took shelter in a fallen tree and waited for the clouds to pass, taking photos in between gusts of wind. In classic spring style, the sun came and left again, meaning that the lighting was continually changing. After a while of this, we retreated to Sarah’s flat and demolished a pack of cookies and a few cups of tea while we dried off. We took a few portraits by windowlight in Sarah’s room, and finished as the light grew dim. Thank you to Sarah for being such a trooper and laughing through the storm with me. Next time I promise I’ll bring an umbrella.

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Simina | Week 5 | #52Portraits

For this week’s #52portraits shoot, I was joined by Simina for a wintery wander through the park. Winter is tough for me, because the hours of light are limited, and sunsets are short (not that we can often see the sunset this time of year in the UK). With the little available sunlight being snuffed out by heavy cloud-cover and trees in the park, these images were given a cold and bleak feeling – far away from my beloved sunsets and glowy backlight. I tried to use this effect to my advantage, hoping to conjure up an air of mystery and fairy-tale.

I won’t lie, I’m ready for summer to arrive. I’ve lived in London from October until now (May at the time of this writing) and have survived the worst weather that this city has to offer me. Soon I hope to discover why so many pubs have patios – does the weather actually get that warm? Hard for me to believe right now, but I still have hope! Road-trips to the seaside and picnics in the park are coming soon.

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Aaron | Week 4 | #52Portraits

For this special one month edition of #52portraits, we are joined by Aaron – the first man to grace the hashtag. Aaron is an actor from London (more recently, I took Aaron’s headshots – they’ll be up soon).

Despite London barely brushing the beginning of springtime, we went outside and had a colourful, almost tropical themed shoot (thanks mostly to the fun polo shirt). Playing with colour in portraits can be scary – so often I am drawn to monochromatic scenery because everything melds together so well. For this portrait, I tried using colourful background elements to give the shoot some of Aaron’s bright and energetic character.

As I continue with this project, one of my goals is to become better at representing a person’s character from choice of lighting and location all the way down to how I edit the images. I want someone who has never met the subject of the portrait to look at a photo and instantly get a feel for who they are, and what they might be like in person. So as you look at these portraits, think of three words that you think would describe Aaron. Feel free to share them with me in the comments below, hopefully I’m on the right track!

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