I have re-discovered a few things:
– How much I love conceptual self portraits.
– My bike which has been on a permanent sleep over at my in-laws for the last year (thank you for looking after it!)
Something I love about photography is how much you can take a prop or a concept and just make so much from it. Ugh, I love it. I’m going to do MORE!
‘And in that moment, like a swift intake of breath, the rain came.’ -Truman Capote
‘Windy Day’ – Jasmine Aurora
I also snuck in some general portraits while the light was still pretty awesome.
Over the last few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of coming along to some filming sessions of a creation by Jack Jewers to do some film stills photography and assisting. It’s the first time I’ve been on a film set as oppose to a photography one, and I have to say I completely fell in love with the whole thing and can’t wait to do more in the future.
In two short days (one day in front of the camera, and one day helping out behind and taking stills) I learned a lot and met some amazing people. I love love love how they worked together to bring a concept to life. There were times in set where there was so much smoke I felt like I was in Jurassic Park or at the very least the Upside Down from Stranger Things. When the final project is released to the public I will update this post and probably add it to my instagram too <3
Director & Producer: Jack Jewers, Campbell Challis
Cinematography: Tom Blount
Production Assistants: Emily Tait, Simon Hutchings, Justine DuHart
Actress: Sophia Eleni
I’m available to hire for photo sessions, documentary or to commission an art piece so please do get in touch if you have a project you would like to work together on.
Thank you to Jack Jewers for inviting me along for this process and allowing me to take photographs.
What I tried to convey through these photos was strength but with a soft and kind heart. The mixture of resolute power in her confident stare at the viewer but also with soft feminine elements to show how harmoniously the two can mix.
Working with Ajiana was an absolute dream. Not only is she exceptionally beautiful but also confident, strong, intelligent and so bright and happy. Working with models like Ajiana really makes me job an easy one. As it turns out, Ajiana and I live pretty close to each other – after finding her profile on social media I invited her for a local photoshoot and we spent an hour or so shooting together and getting to know each other too.
We found this amazing orange textured wall, which I think looks so beautiful in both black and white and colour – it’s definitely going to be a favourite for shoots in the future. There were loads of images that we took away from this photo session, but the three above where my strong favourites.
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Something which I have started doing recently is taking some time after a key photoshoot to write a brief but detailed review on everything from how it went to how I want to improve.
I suppose I first learned to do this while studying photography both at a level and degree level. Remember back in art subjects where you had to fill sketch books with ideas and inspirations? It’s sort of like that but without the pressure as you’re the only one it has to benefit.
Why it’s a good idea
It keeps you on track with your work
It allows you to learn and become a better photographer
It helps keep your portfolio look consistent
It helps you identify what you love and what needs more work
What kind of photography will this benefit?
I can’t think of any form of photography that this might be a bad thing for. Personally I use it for family photography, documentary and fine art just the same.
Some prompts to get you started…
What went really well?
What obstacles did you face?
How could you have prepared more?
What did you learn?
How will you do it differently next time?
How does this fit into your portfolio?
How does this fit into your goals?
What did you enjoy / not enjoy about the process?
What’s your best image/feature and why?
And some key areas to focus on may be…
Interaction with people (models, clients etc.)
Lighting and equipment
Tones & colour
Concept, message & storytelling
Movement and emotion
Okay…. so do I need to do this every time?
You can do it as much or as little as you want. Personally I’m doing it for almost everything I shoot at the moment because I’m very much young in the world of photography and I want to learn and grow as much as I can. Sometimes I group a few similar shoots together, sometimes I focus on just one image.
What do I need?
You pretty much have three options: physically journalling in a notebook, finding a way to do it digitally or a mixture of the two.
Personally I use my bullet journal to work out what it is I want to get out of the shoot, to explore new ideas and get things down on a page. I then write the actual review after the shoot on Google Docs on my photography account so that it’s all there together backed up and always accessible.
Taking some time to review your own photography is a skill that I think is really helpful in advancing as a photographer. Of course, everyone is different. Some people may prefer to write this down, some may find talking it over with another person is more helpful or even just having a think about it while you’re in the shower.
If you review your work I would love to see, please feel free to link me in the comments, send me message or tag me on instagram if you’d like to share it with me. Journalling and bullet journalling are both things I bloody well adore, so I’m always up for seeing more.
Have a great day,
Jasmine Aurora xo
Last summer (remember summer? 😭) there was a really odd day. Now excuse me for being all British and talking about the weather, but to be honest that is the main thing I remember about that day. It was a storm like I havn’t seen in a few years – torrential rain lashing against the windows and strong winds bending over the trees and rattling the window frames. I looked at my fiance, Jack, and said ‘I’m going to have to cancel this shoot, I cannot make people go out in that’. I sent an email around to the model, Melissa and MUA Declan Scammel, that said something along the lines of ‘I’m really sorry, but the weather is TERRIBLE can we re-arrange?’. After having a talk, we discovered that it was supposed to clear up a bit later so crossed out fingers and hoped for the best.
What happened was possibly the best natural light I have ever shot in. It was well into the evening so the high summer sun was in the perfect golden hour. Pair that with a kick ass model and a wonderful MUA (who happens to be one of my dearest friends) and a little bit of magic happened that day.
Model: Missy from Forte Model Management
MUA: Declan Scammell
Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: Sigma ART 35mm f1.4
Next week I am meeting up with some more models from this agency and looking forward to creating some more great images.
Jasmine Aurora x