Outdoor portrait shoot with Gemma Wilks

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:

Gemma Wilks

And full-length:

Gemma Wilks

Next we moved to a nearby bench with flowers behind:

Gemma Wilks

And then a low stone wall:

Gemma Wilks

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:

Gemma Wilks

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:

Gemma Wilks

Gemma was great to work with: very bubbly, down to earth and friendly. If you’d like to find out more about her, she’s on Facebook as Gemma Wilks Actress and Twitter at @gljwilks.

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