Last week I had two days of shoots with the fashion design students. Originally I was meant to photograph the first years on one day, and second years on another day, however as most second years were not ready with their work, that shoot was moved to after the Christmas break, and so the second day of shooting was dedicated to one second year who was ready and a first year who was not available in the day before.
The shoot was overall very successful, most students either modelled for themselves or for others, however a few of them brought in models for the shoot.
One of the students, Lili, brought in a model. Lili was very enthusiastic about the shoot and had a very clear idea to what she wanted to have in her photos, this combined with the quality of her work, and the quality of the model made so that those images were the most successful images of the day. I had spoken to Lili about using her clothes in another project I have this year. As the photos went so well I wanted to use them in my website, however as the model was underaged I had to get the consent of her parent. I asked the model to have her mother email me to let me know if she agrees to have her daughter’s photos on my website, and once she did I uploaded the photos.
The shoot was a challenge because it was the first time I had a chance to work alongside designers, however this brought in different opportunities of experiments with the photos, having the creativity of another person who works in a different medium allowed for a great flow in the photographs and the day as a whole. In a way it removed some of the pressure I often feel when working with friends or other photographers to have all the ideas all the time, and opened up a wider range of collaboration.
I am extremely happy with the photos I ended up with, they would be very useful in my portfolio which at the moment is lacking in fashion photography, and will allow me to reach a wider range of opportunities after I graduate.