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My pictures from the fashion photo course

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A while back I participated in a fashion photography weekend workshop with youngest kid Anja. The weekend turned out to be a blast, even better than I had hoped. On Saturday we took photos in an old hotel using a model styled in a 60’s vibe. She hade a very vintage movie star, Audrey Hepburn look, so I tried to capture that in the pictures.

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It was very different working with a model compared to regular people (whom I photograph in my day job). First of all, she looked fantastic in pretty much every picture! Secondly this was the first time I directed another person in this matter. Normally I try to make people comfortable and natural, and am almost a bit afraid of giving directions (even though those photos often turns out the best, especially if I capture an unguarded moment in a directed situation). So I found the directional bit fairly uncomfortable, do I did warm during the day.

 

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We used only natural light (which is pretty awful this time of year in Sweden) combined with two cheap, hand held, workers lamps, plus a reflector. No studio lightning or flash. Still we managed to create some fabulous lightning, thanks to our very knowledgeable teacher.

 

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This is how it looked behind the camera. We took turn directing but also snapped when others were directing the model.

 

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Day two was all about image editing. I’ve been using Photoshop in my work for many years, repeating the same routines that I learned when I first started, so I got some great new tricks to add to my toolbox during this class.

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Anja pondering the editing options.

 

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So that was my fashion photography weekend. I came home with the best photos I have ever taken, which I credit the creative environment, the model and the teacher that all made me go outside my usual photo routines and really push myself!

9 Comments

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    January 19, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    The model really does have that Audrey Hepburn 60’s vibe! Amazing how someone can create a whole look that the WHOLE world still recognizes 50 years later. Wonderful photos Johanna – I bet Anja had just as much fun as you at her age. Anja will remember this weekend with you forever 😉

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    • Johanna
      January 20, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Yeah it was an amazing experience doing this together, I would love to do something similar in the future with her!

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  • Carmen
    January 19, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    These photos are so gorgeous. Fantastic work! I’d love to take a course like this. How fun!

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    • Johanna
      January 20, 2017 at 8:27 am

      I hope you get the chance one day, it was mind blowing learning this craft from a professional photographer and so fun!

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  • Donna
    January 19, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Congratulations on stepping outside your comfort zone–hard to do, but having your daughter along with you must have helped! Your photos are wonderful!

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    • Johanna
      January 20, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Yes sharing this with her was one of the best parts of this weekend and I love seeing how her skills have developed since she began taking the photos for my blog. We all need our creative outlets and I want to encourage my children to find their own

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  • Janita
    January 21, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Now I understand why all your content looks so great!
    Nice work Johanna.
    I’m a new subscriber, just found you on YouTube.

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    • Johanna
      January 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Thank you for stopping by and I’m flattered to hear your comment on my visuals! I’m definitely a visually inclined person so that’s an area I’m always trying to improve 🙂

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  • Amy
    January 23, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Wonderful! Looks really terrific and what a great idea!

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