Last week, I worked with local part-time model and keen sportswoman Gemma Wilks to capture some summery portraits in Romsey’s Memorial Park.
We started in the open park; her ready smile was infectious:
Next we moved to a nearby bench with flowers behind:
And then a low stone wall:
By this time it was getting really dark and I couldn’t have continued the shoot without flash. I was triggering it off-camera through a a 24-inch softbox. My Canon 85mm prime was stopped down to F1.8; this enabled me to shoot at ISO100 and keep sensor noise to a minimum.
Gemma was especially keen to capture profile photos for her portfolio, since she’s also an aspiring actress. The painted walls of the little cafe in the park served as a good backdrop:
Finally, we moved to the bandstand in the middle of the park. It certainly wasn’t the backlit, golden-hour scene I had originally envisaged, but with her dress, straw hat and the wrought ironwork, it had a charm all of its own: