{The Portrait Diaries} Day 4: Making beautiful music

Today’s portrait is of guitarist Max Giegerich. He is in an awesome band called Welcome to Marathon. I may feature some of his lovely bandmates at some point.

I slightly over exposed this shot but I took several more photos with different exposures and ended up liking this look. It made me think about atmosphere in an image . I think it adds sort of a spiritual aspect to the photo.  Maybe because the background is blown out, you can’t tell where he is so it makes it purely about the subject. Just one man and his guitar making beautiful music.

Check back tomorrow for the next portrait in my portrait challenge.

Lauren xx

{The Portrait Diaries} Day 3: A Wonderful World

Day three of The Portrait Challenge.

I’m enjoying thinking about what I try to capture in a portrait. Sometimes that magic ingredient needed for a portrait happens entirely by accident. Those accidental portraits can make the best images. I definitely don’t think that a portrait has to be a straight on shot of a person’s face and I really want to try to get a variety in this challege.

So here’s my third portrait and the story behind the image. It’s no secret I love photographing babies but this was by no means a planned shot. I was outside in the garden taking photos & this little fella wanted to know what all the commotion was about outside so came up to the window with his Granddad to watch. I had to get a shot of it & I didn’t really expect it to be good or to like it but baby’s are so curious I loved how this image portrays some of that wonder.

Their world is brand new in each and every moment.

Lauren xx

{The Portrait Diaries} Day 2: Captain America

I watched Captain America last weekend and now have a newfound appreciation for my nephew’s fascination with the Captain.

Finally, I get what he is talking about when he chats away about shields getting stuck in doors.

My nephew is a little photographer in the making and much prefers to be taking pictures than being photographed. To be able to get a photo without him putting a hand up in refusal, or insisting on taking a photo of me instead made a nice change. We had set up a little clue hunt for him and had him running all over the house to find clues. The final prize was his very own Captain America costume.

For me this image sums him so much but i’d love to know what you think.

If you were a superhero, who would you be?

Lauren x 

{The Portrait Diaries}

So, the story behind this post is that I have decided to set myself a challenge. I don’t really know where it will go but that’s the beauty of it. For quite a while I’ve wanted to do a challenge. I tried doing some Instagram photo a day challenges but after a while I found it wasn’t pushing my creative buttons.

I decided I would come up with something that could never fail to interest me and that would allow me to grow as a photographer.  I am passionate about portraiture so I have decided to share a portrait I have taken. I aim to do this every day. We’ll see how it goes.

Some will be fresh from the camera but it won’t always be a same day portrait as I thought it could be just as interesting to pick a few from the past and analyse what we do or don’t like about them.

The aim: to understand what draws people to a photograph, to push myself and my portraiture techniques and to try lots of different approaches. I think any artistic term is always subjective so I can’t wait to explore the boundaries and definitions of portraiture and find out what other people think.

Does a portrait have to be a picture of a person’s face? Does there need to be a human subject? What should portraits aim to be? Should the subject know the photograph is being taken to qualify as a portrait? Is there any such thing as a perfect portrait?

I looked at some different definitions of portraiture whilst thinking about the challenge.

  • “A pictorial representation”
  • “A portrayal of a persons appearance or character.”

I’ve also been thinking about what appeals to me personally. I love all kinds of portraiture. I love interesting images with eye contact either with the photographer or another person. Equally I think it is fantastic when elements of character or personality show through a photograph without even needing to showing faces.

I’d love to hear some of your thoughts and ideas on portraiture.

And now here’s my very first image for the portrait challenge. It may seem slightly odd. No face, no feet. But I just love the feel of it. At first I wasn’t sure why. I’ve thought a lot about it and I think it is that vagueness. Viewing it, we don’t know who they are (well I do but sssh!) and we don’t know where they are going. Being a English graduate I’m a bit of a sucker for metaphors so I love mystery and possibility in photos (and in life). Some photos tell stories and others let the viewer imagine one.

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more.” -Lord Byron

At the heart of Herne bay, with Herne Bay at heart.

I recently had the honour of photographing a baptism at Herne Bay Baptist Church and thought I would share a photo with you.

The church slogan is: “At the heart of Herne Bay, with Herne Bay at heart,” which I just love!

Surrounded by friends & family Scott said his testimony, a very moving speech about growing up, his faith & his relationship with God.

I know for a fact that I would never have been that brave in my teenage years and have been able to stand in front of a room of people and share my own story. You did a great job Scott!

Congratulations to Scott and the Banks family.

Lauren x

Old Kent Barn Bridal Shoot

The last few months have flown by! Is it really April already? Well I have so much to share so I’ll get started.

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of assisting fab wedding photographer Samantha Jones on a styled bridal shoot at Old Kent Barn. My word that place is beautiful! Definitely take a look if you are getting married and looking for a venue.

Despite waking up the morning of the shoot with a nasty cold I didn’t want to miss out on assisting Sam so pushed through the day, watching Sam in her element, helping out with lighting and Sam also allowed me to grab some shots of my own. How could I resist? It’s fascinating to see how other photographers work and I enjoyed working with Sam, our models Harriet and Charlotte and fabulous make up artist Lauren Hards. The stunning bouquets that we did not want to give back were provided by Floral Dreamz and Victoria’s Flowers and the gorgeous dresses were borrowed from Jodis in Canterbury.

I’d love to know what you think.

Have a great week,

Lauren xx

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