Its been a busy month of moving house and renovations so it felt so good to be behind the camera again at last weeks engagement shoot! We went a stroll around the Botanics but decided rather than go to the obvious spots, wander round the wilder edges,get under some trees (no plants were harmed :P) so it felt like we were in the middle of a forest. I love this time of year for shooting. the sun is getting low and it makes for such great light. We then went up and got a few by the glasshouse as its pretty amazing even from the outside. Got lots of lovely photos ❤
Rob and Paul got married at Lauriston Chambers earlier in the summer. A small intimate wedding with close family. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city and i was excited to photograph the couple in the famous Royal Mile and all the secret little closes. 🙂
Shooting at the Royal Mile guarantees tourist photobombing!!
When I look at the work of some of my favourite portrait photographers like Sue Bryce and Annie Leibovitz I lust over their Oliphant backdrops. The hand painted backdrops are works of art in their own right so they are a bit out of my price range starting at around $1000!
So if i cant buy one why not make my own? I actually graduated form Art School with a degree in painting and its funny because my work was very textured/abstract as it was inspired by textures of walls. The only thing was, I worked on a tiny scale and i had a 12x9ft canvas to try and paint! Plus it had been about 3 years since i attempted to paint anything!
I wanted to emulate Sues gold Oliphant as i adored the tones and thought it would be super versatile. I dragged a photo of the backdrop into photoshop and sampled the colours. This gave me an idea of what colours to buy. So i went to Wickes and spent 30mins staring at paint. I eventually left with 3 colours. A warm yellow/grey “pistachio” A grey “steel” and a white/blue “putty”
I bought a dust canvas from ebay for 6.99. It ended up being very loosely woven so i wasnt sure how it would take the paint. Next time i will probably spend a little more and find a thicker canvas.
Painting itself was pretty much trial and error. Im used to painting on wood and sanding back the paint to create texture so this was a completely new way of painting for me. I started of spongeing it on. i used a mixture of the pistachio and grey as i wanted the outer corners to be darker.
You can see from the photos that i loaded it pretty heavy with paint. Next time i will use a roller straight away to get a thinner, more even coat.
I lightly rolled some of the white into the centre and left it to dry. When i came back the next day and tried to lift it and it was completely stiff! For the time being im not to bothered about it, i pinned it to my studio wall and it will probably stay there until i paint another one. I can always slide my vflats in front of it.
Im pretty happy with the outcome i have to say. 🙂 i think i got pretty close to what i was after. Even got the thumbs up from Sue Bryce herself so what more could i ask for!!
From my latest Mother & Daughter session. Lots of laughs with these lovely ladies
At the weekend i had the great pleasure of photographing two lovely ladies, a good friend of mine and her mum. This was the first shoot in my new studio (which i hope to blog about soon too!) We had a lot of laughs, these girls have a great sense of humor! It was so lovely to photograph a mother and daughter again as i know that they will cherish these photos forever.