8 Weeks of Portraits

Week 1: Photographer David Bailey

Back in February, I began a portrait class, studying eight different professional portrait photographers over the course of eight weeks.  The purpose was to study their work and incorporate the parts that inspire you into your work as you see fit.  The aim isn't to copy, but to assimilate and innovate on some aspect of their work - lighting, post processing, posing, etc.  I learned a ton in the class, but my biggest lesson was one of friendship...I asked for a lot of favors to get people to model for me!   Between my camera club, work colleagues, family and friends, I completed the course and have some nice images to show for it.  

The same instructor, Don Giannatti, is now offering another eight week course with an additional eight photographers.  Given how much I learned in the first class, I couldn't say no.  The first photographer we studied was David Bailey.  David is an English fashion photographer who got his start in the 1960's and is still shooting today.  He generally uses a relatively simple lighting set up - one light on the model and one on the background - in a controlled (i.e., studio) environment.  He primarily shoots in black and white on a plain background.  

For this class, I found a model through a site called Model Mayhem, and she will be the subject for many of my class images over the next eight weeks.   My model, Carrie, came prepared for the shoot with a few outfit changes and some props and we got down to work.  Attached are some of the images we shot - we each prefer different images, so I posted four.  They were all shot with a light on a white background and either a soft box or beauty dish close to the camera aimed at Carrie.  

 Model: Carrie Edwards
 Model: Carrie Edwards
 Model: Carrie Edwards
 Model: Carrie Edwards

Hope you enjoy the images and stay tuned for next week's images inspired by Gregory Heisler.