Thursday, 6 February 2014


Above is Odette, a Singer/Songwriter, we met up recently after she recorded a track with Mark Handley at Charborough Studios.

Our first stop for a location shoot was the stylish Bel and the Dragon restaurant in Reading where i utilised the morning light coming through the stained glass windows for the first few shots, then i switched to flash as we shot in darker parts of the restaurant.

The top image is of Odette sitting on one of the bench seats with her guitar in the background, the lighting was one flash through a white umbrella with a large silver reflector below to bounce up some of the flash to lighten shadows.

The bottom image is a set up shot in the very glamorous location that is the entrance of the ladies bogs at Jagz Music venue in Ascot, as you can see in the image, just one flash on a boom arm was used to create a nice soft graduated light onto Odette while she posed on the chair with her guitar by her side.

We had previously shot upstairs at Jagz by the piano using three flashes but i like to keep it simple with one light most of the time.

At the end of the shoot i tried to do some flash and moving torch shots but unfortunately they didin't turn out as i would have hoped, it needed a much more ambient light controlled location to work successfully, but at the end of the day we got some great images that Odette can use for a variety of ways and she was very pleased with the results.

To see and hear more of Odette, click here

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