I decided that I wanted to document the process of creating a panel of images, which blends in with my study of Photography and my ongoing relationship with the Guild of Photographers.
I would like to produce a panel to submit for qualification at the Guild of Photographers, please see footnote for requirements.
Produce 7 Maternity Portrait sessions, 3 images from each.
Theme: The greek goddesses of motherhood, childbirth, nature and love.
Locations: Images will be taken in varied settings: a mixture of outdoors, at sun rise , in the university studio, and at my home studio. All studio sessions will be taken using a green screen to composite from to chosen backgrounds.
What I have done before in this area:
These images are approximately 18 months old. so my style and technical knowledge have grown somewhat since these images were taken.
Training: I have since had training in Maternity Posing with the UK’s leading Maternity Photographer: Natasha Ince (Photography by Natasha) on 20th October. I have covered all of her posing techniques, lighting, styling and editing to be able to produce images such as these-taken and edited by myself:
Editing: I have purchased a one to one editing session with creative fine art and boudoir photographer Nicola Grimshaw-Mitchell, who produces work like this:
I’ve also previously attended an editing with textures workshop with Joan Blease, who produces work like this:
Some of my work produced after her workshop, edited using some of her editing techniques, and my images, textures i’ve taken and drawing with a wacom tablet:
One edited on the day of the workshop:
I would like to blend these styles with my usual editing style for portraits and create something quite fine art yet still commercial to add to my business.
Some of my recent portrait edits:
I would like to layer imagery to create fine art backgrounds in some of the images, especially one image, of which I would like to create with all of the women in a Renaissance style piece of art work.
I would like to present these images as a digital panel, and also print the multi model Renaissance style piece in a large golden frame on German Etching Fine Art Paper, intended as an aid to sell products at IPS gallery viewings.
The final pieces will also be printed into a book, as volume 1 of my maternity work to showcase to potential clients.
I will be updating my website with a maternity section, aimed to sell the sessions alongside my newborn packages and as a standalone product.
As a bonus, the same mothers will be coming back in January for their Newborn Photoshoot sessions, so I will be looking to submit these to the Guild of Photographers as a Newborn Qualification Panel.
Aphrodite- Goddess of Love and Beauty, airy ethereal, pinks, creams, shimmery makeup. Chloe
Hecate- Wild Places, Childbirth, Crossroads, witchcraft and magic. Black bath water, dark makeup, gothic. Olivia
Gaia- Ancient Earth Mother: Ethereal, dramatic, Editorial/Fantasy based. Crown. Chloe
Rhea-Earth, Fertility of the Soil, Motherhood, Daughter of Gaia, Mother and baby, fine art studio, creams, muted greens, flowing fabric, breastfeeding?
Amphitrite: Queen of the Sea, Mother of Triton, Poseidon’s wife.
Metus: Wisdom, Prudence, Zeus Swallowed whole while pregnant and gave birth to their child through his neck. In a womb, skin coloured latex, ethereal, haunting.
Dike (Goddess of Mortal Justice and Dawn): Sunrise, outdoors maternity & indoors, sword, flowing material, Strong stance, Colours of sunrise. Shot on 31/10/2018 6am, Lymm with model Kara
Why I chose to do this:
I would like to add a maternity photoshoot section to my business and work on developing my maternity styled shoots after training with Natasha Ince, one of the UK’s leading maternity photographers. . I have specific images in my head that I feel that I need to get out. I have visited both Kefalonia and Crete in the last 2 years, and I am very inspired by the greek gods and goddesses meanings and styles having grown up studying Classical Studies throughout high school.
I believe that having a strong cohesive theme to my panel will ensure that the pieces work together in a congruence of harmony and could create a buzz around the work on social media.
How will I do this?
I am collaborating with makeup artist Harley Strider on the Makeup Degree for several of the sessions. He specialises in show stopping makeup which will take my work to the next level.
I have already shot one session, Dike- at dawn (see above). The planning, execution and post production will be included in my file.
I have commissioned a boutique halo maker Anna Croliq from Flora House to make three Flower crown halos to be used for Gaia, Aphrodite and Hecate.
The reason I chose the colours of the headpieces:
Gaia: I wanted her headpiece to be incredibly opulent, vibrant and quite over the top, whilst still remaining earthy- The aim for this halo was to be able to add to it in photoshop with layers and textures, while the headband can also be repurposed.
Aphrodite: I wanted her headpiece to be quite airy, neutral and elegant with a hint of luxury. Aphrodite will be in creams and pinks, so the halo had to match the ethereal purposeful styling.
Hecate: I wanted Hecate’s headpiece to be dark, vibrant and luxurious. Pinks and purples mixed with deep greens will all stand out in dark imagery without looking out of place.