Manchester Wedding Photographer

Recent Styled Bridal Shoot for Make-Up Artist Laura Mayers

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Throughout the year, I get to take time off from being a Wedding Photographer and work on styled shoots. A styled shoot normally has a purpose, not just an excuse to work with some friends on an imaginary project on a wet Tuesday…though I have a few of those on my CV 😉 This shoot was for Laura Mayers at The Bridal Make-Up Team. Laura is a Hair and Make-Up Artist (MUA for short), and this shoot was to create some images for her new portfolio and for marketing.

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Not too much retouching on these images, though – Laura wanted to show the natural quality of the make-up without everything being over ‘airbrushed’.

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On a shoot like this, I get to play with new techniques, or even brush up (no pun intended) on older styles – take for example this film emulation (below). Authentic HP5 film tone and grain (for those interested)….not at all glamorous, but still effective.

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The shoot was over two days, working with three models. I’ll always remember this project, since both Laura and I were absolutely dropping to our knees with flu, but the shoot was booked, and we didn’t want to let anybody down…erm, that’ll be us then! The studio was set up in an industrial unit in Manchester, far enough away from the fork lift trucks and delivery lorries. Yep, it’s all glamour our job! And….it actually was a wet Tuesday, and the project is very real.

But speaking of glamorous -we have to give a big shout out to Emma and David from Bridalwear by Emma Louise for supplying the dresses for the shoot. Much appreciated, thank you!

In between setups for the main shoot, Mila wanted some personal images for her folio. We had an old chair to hand and a couple of flat floating walls – oh and a couple of linen dust sheets like a painter & decorator would use. So, with a window of 15 minutes between makeups, here we have Mila’s set…this time with no retouching…

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To see more of Laura’s work, click HERE.

If you are looking for a photographer for your styled shoot, especially on a wet Tuesday, why not get in touch and see if I can help?

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