I really love to get creative and to try out new techniques all in the name of progress and personal development. I also like to collaborate with other creatives and share the images.
Recently I had the pleasure of working with local unsigned artist Elena Ramona and a very talented make up artist Viktoria Kohl-Webster.
Elena is a singer/songwriter based in Guildford, Surrey, originally hailing from the Greek island of Skiathos. Music, singing and song writing were her passion from an early age.
Elena graduated from the Guildford based Academy of Contemporary Music in 2013. Since then, she has been promoting her music. She released her debut single and music video ‘Rise’, inspired by the support of her family, in 2013.
At this time Elena also teamed up with composer Martyn Corbet to create her debut EP, ‘Hold On’. On the back of its release, Elena has gained airplay on various radio shows, including the BBC. Elena has featured as an up and coming artist in music magazines in the UK and abroad.
Of course as Elena is a greek girl she has the most amazing olive coloured skin and was a dream to photograph. This also gave Viktoria a fantastic canvas to work with, creating a number of different looks. For me this was an opportunity to try out different lighting styles without the pressure of working to a clients brief. Originally we all shared a Pinterest board where ideas and styles were pinned, from this the mood of the shoot was developed.
I used my local studio facilities in Bisley as a venue, where we had a great deal of space to work in, the real advantage lay with the high ceilings meaning that I could raise the lights to a good height. My ideas were to start with some basic beauty lighting where I used one high light placed in front of Elena with Viktoria bouncing light up to Elena with a reflector. This gives beautiful even lighting which accenuated Elena’s skin tones. I then turned to more edgy styles eventually getting to the point where the lights were actually nearly behind Elena.
The results of the shoot were much better than I expected and Elena is considering using one of the images for for forthcoming album cover.
© Andrew Boschier Photography 2017