Most of the people reading this aren't models. Most of you look at the images you see on sites like mine and say "Yeah thats fine, they look great, but they're models, but I'm not, I can't look that good"

You may not be a model, but yes, you can look that good. Thats what you go to a professional photographer for. Thats what we get paid to do. 

Recently, I did a shoot with Abby Keep.

Abby is not a model, and she had never had a photoshoot before. She is just an everyday person, who decided to have a go at standing in front of the camera for a contemporary beauty session.

These shoots are a collaborative effort, and for this one, I was assisted by the talents of Brenda from Fuel for hair, and Brogan from Miss Mancells Makeup. These two took Abby to the salon (just around the corner) and gave her the full treatment. Good hair and makeup artists are a photographers best friend, and both of these guys have a full appreciation of how to prepare you for your photoshoot.

Additionally, Abby was kitted out by Willow and Wolf with a couple of fantastic outfits for her shoot.

While they prepped Abby, I got everything in the studio ready, I like to test all my lights, get all the bits I'll need ready to shoot. For the gear heads, I use Elinchrom lights, and my 2 favourite mods are the 70cm Deep Octa and the 60" Photek Softlighter...

I love the 70cm Elinchrom Rotalux Deep Octa. such a versatile little mod!

I love the 70cm Elinchrom Rotalux Deep Octa. such a versatile little mod!

The Softlighter can be used with or without diffuser, depending on the look you want.

The Softlighter can be used with or without diffuser, depending on the look you want.

For the non camera gear heads... basically these are the tools I use to shape the light so that I can bring out your absolute best!

Before any shoot begins, its important just to relax and be prepared to have fun. I'm definitely not serious in the studio, I want the whole experience to be enjoyable, and have you walking out feeling fantastic about yourself.

As I said, Abby had never stood in front of the camera before, and so she was, like most people, a bit nervous.

My job as photographer, isn't just to press the shutter. It is to help you to break through those nerves, to coach you on how to pose to look your best. New York photographer Peter Hurley describes his job as 90% therapist and 10% photographer. He is spot on. As a photographer, the actual technique of setting lights, and using the camera should be instinctive, so we can focus that 90% of our attention on making you feel amazing, and coaching you to get the best possible images.

Abby quickly relaxed, and we created some amazing images. She is a perfect example of the fact that you don't need to be a model to look amazing! So if you've been thinking about getting a professional studio shoot, have a look at the images below. This could easily be you.


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