I just love photographing Dance, this shot of Nicole, shot at my studio (Studio3bySevern.com) was captured using my amazing Pixapro Storm 400 flash heads.
I always try to visulized the image I want before we start shooting, saves me loads of time.
This reminds me of one of the charictors in the Golden Compas part of Phillip Pullmans Dark Materials trilogy, they have witch queen called ‘Serafina Pekkala’
I had the opportunity to attend a photo shoot last night with one of the local professional photographers, David J Severn who I met through the camera club that I have recently joined. There was a 1940’s and 1960’s theme to it. I haven’t worked with models very much and so I thought that it would be a good idea to get involved to build up my confidence. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and as he runs these sessions regularly, I plan to go again soon so watch this space….
In the meantime, here is a taste of last nights capture:-
I was invited to attend a “Trash the Dress” photo-shoot by a professional photographer called Bob Richards. He is a good friend of a good friend of mine, and now he is my friend – I digress!
The “Trash the Dress” event was created by photographers and their wedding clients who wanted to do something different with their wedding dresses than put it away in a box for ever. The concept of trash the dress is that you take your now redundant wedding dress and literally trash it; destroy it by going to somewhere really mucky – Beach, industrial wasteland, lake, muddy field, Scrap/junk yard – and you take photographs of the event happening – for posterity! At Bob’s event, he gathered together Models, Make-up artists and Photographer friends to take photographs and have fun at the same time. The venue was Colwick Country Park which is just to the east of the U.K. city of Nottingham. It is a beautiful place and it has a large lake in the middle of it. It also has a disused church at one end which came in useful for alternative shots. Here are just a few of the photographs that I took – more can be found by doing a search for “Paul Cullen Photography” in Facebook or searching “paul2210” in Flickr:-
Coastal Cities are an Indie Pop band from Buckinghamshire, U.K. Declan here writes many of the songs, fronts the band, sings and plays lead guitar. Declan is also my nephew – I was fortunate enough to attend and photograph one of their gigs at the Cookie Jar, a venue in Leicester, U.K.
In addition to his musical attributes, Declan (and other members of the band) is an accomplished model; he has featured in major campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry eyewear, and the Alexander McQueen 2014 collection completed within the last year alone.
Coastal Cities – Headline band at the Cookie Jar, Leicester, 14th December 2013.
I had the opportunity to photograph my friend and her lovely family. Part of the brief was to get some nice photographs of my friends daughter Nicole who was going to University to study a Drama based degree, the details of which escape me at the moment. Recently, I had the opportunity to look at these photographs again and have a “Play” with them in Portrait Professional and Photoshop. Portrait Professional is software for retouching portraits – removing wrinkles, dealing with skin blemishes and so on. You would guess right if you thought that Nicole wouldn’t need any of that, but I have used it to “Brighten” her eyes and a few other small adjustments for artistic effect. PhotoShop was only used for sharpening – all digital photos put through a RAW converter need sharpening – cameras that convert straight to Jpeg do the sharpening “in camera”. I also used PhotoShop for resizing to web size.
I usually use a filter called “High pass” then levels for sharpening, using “Unsharp mask” only if the first stage doesn’t work sufficiently, which is rare. You have a choice of light including “soft light” – my favourite for this sort of assignment, “Hard light”, “Vivid light” and a few others – the above photograph has had the benefit of “Vivid light” however, I had already made it quite contrasty in Portrait Professional. I wanted “Striking”.
My brother Lliam wanted some publicity shots for self promotion with performing arts agencies. I happily obliged of course, anything to build up my portfolio. He wanted “mean, moody and magnificent” or at least that is how I understood the brief:-
Send me a comment or an email if you want me to introduce you to Lliam to engage him in a project related to acting (including extras work), music or modelling. Thank you.