Sunday, February 20, 2011
Mia Chambray of Mohawk Radio - workshop
I held a portrait photography workshop in January where I shared what I have learned about photography and am slowly blogging about the different aspects of the day. Last week, I shared some images from behind the scenes and this week's images are from the final practical shooting session of the day. The models were from Mohawk Radio and I processed a few faves for the band to use for press shots. Mia Chambray is the lead singer and her feathery rich vocals add to the band's original alluring sound. Definitely check them out and watch this space - I see big things for these young artists.
These images were actually shot in late afternoon sun but I played around with them to make it look like twilight to add to the mood and also give the chandelier more of a raison d'être!
Mia's eyes are mesmerising - like a cat's.
Band member, Ryan Prevost, was not expecting to be photographed, but during Mia's costume changes, I felt we had to have the attendees shooting something and so he stepped up to the challenge in style.
Couldn't decide if I liked the black and whites, or colour manipulations better so leave it up to you to decide.
Ryan plays guitar and also does some vocals for the band.
Doesn't he just look like a rock star - like he is already famous?
Mia returned from her costume change for a complete different feel. She is a fun, spirited performer and wanted that to come out in some of the images so I had her play around on an old Radio Flyer tricycle that I actually bought long after my kids needed such a little trike, just to use in shoots so thrilled in came in handy. She looks pretty amazing sporting the top hat too and I just love her addition of the feathers to give it that Native American feel that the band is honing. Ryan is part Native American and the band closely relate to the values of the ancient tribes and tie it in where they can to their music and their image.
We ran over time and the light was fading fast at the end of the day so we only had a moment to practice some indoor backdrop shots. Also, not a lot of room so I spent more time teaching that shooting so the attendees are the ones with all the great shots while I did most of the directing, posing and techie talking. But enough here to give a flavour of the day.
Mia and Ryan - you were both amazing models and the attendees adored working with you. Thanks so much for your relaxed and fun attitudes, and indeed the music you shared with us while we were shooting - just beautiful so thank you thank you. xx