The best part of being a Manchester portrait photographer is being able to truly explore the local area whilst scouting unique locations for a new project. We were tasked by TJ Lawton, a Manchester based music producer and DJ to create a set of images to help promote himself online and to go in his new electronic press kit (EPK).
Ideas for shoot
We started the Manchester portrait shoot by meeting with Tim and discussing a few ideas. It is incredibly useful as a professional photographer to get feedback on your ideas for a shoot like this, as well as taking some ideas from the client also. This ensures we are able to create a set of images that they will communicate their message well, all tie together as a collection of photographs and finally, that they will be happy with the results!
Finding lots of textures
We settled on the idea of using urban / gritty locations (that weren’t too cliched - no graffitti). The main focus from a photography perspective was finding lots of textures to work with. Tim’s music is often labelled as cosmic and has a darker tone, this is certainly something we wanted to reflect in the imaging.
Analog and tactile
A running style through most of the portraits is the use of a double exposure like effect, mixing the textures of the scene in a unnatural but unique and intriguing way. This style would have traditionally been achieved by exposing the same section of film one or more times. In recent years digital SLR bodies have a feature that allows you to do this in camera, mimicking the old film style. Although we use this function quite regularly for certain projects, we wanted to try something a more analog and tactile. All of the double exposure style effects on this shoot were captured using nothing but reflective crystals or panes of glass.
The equipment we used on this shoot was a Canon 5D mkIII camera body, a Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART lens, a Canon 85mm f1.8 lens, a set of handheld crystal filters, a pane of glass and a trusty reflector. Overall we think the images work really well. They have a mystical quality to them thanks to the reflections and edit style. Our client was happy, and gave us this incredible review after delivery!
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Take a look at some the photos from this shoot below: