Tag Archives: Fashion

Specialist Studio Practice 3 – External Opportunity (Modelling)

28th April 2016

I modelled for Bailey studying on the Extended Diploma in Art & Design Photography at Bradford College. I met Bailey through a studio workshop that I volunteered to help in and model for last semester. Since then I have modelled for her numerous times and this has helped us both in moving forward with our vision and knowledge for photography & modelling/directing.

This most recent shoot however taught me something a little different to the last few times. Bailey is inspired mainly by fashion photography and this is the genre she photographs mostly. The shoots I have modelled in for her have been fashion shoots. She has directed the outfits, hair and make up throughout these shoots. This time round Bailey asked me to bring quite a few items of clothing for us to match up and make outfits of on the day. We corresponded mainly through Facebook message and we shared pictures of the clothes we were thinking of prior to the shoot (as it was a fashion shoot so the clothes were the main think linking everything together). On the day of the shoot Bailey put together some great outfit ideas (mainly trying to recreate fashion images she had as inspiration) however she asked me why I don’t dress like ‘this’ on a regular basis if I own these clothes? This question interested me and got me thinking about the way I present myself.

Whilst shooting, my class mate Suman came into the studio and started setting up for her shoot. I smiled and waved at her but at first she didn’t recognise me. She then responded with ‘Oh Olivia it’s you! I didn’t recognise you! I was thinking “I swear I know that girl from somewhere, I recognise her face…” but wow! You should really really dress like that more often, you look so smart. Why don’t you dress like that more often if you own those amazing clothes?’

This again really got me thinking about the way I present myself, and the fact that two people within the same few hours said the same thing really stuck with me (in a positive way). Usually I go for the comfort option when dressing for everyday occasions. I only usually dress up for special occasions however when hearing these comments it got me thinking about my future business and the impact I make on my clients. Does the way I present myself really make much of a difference? Yes. The fact that my colleague of 3 years didn’t recognise me at close distance says how much making an effort with my outfit, hair and make up makes all the difference, and actually expresses myself as a person. This is something I will definitely consider more in future and when I set up my business, I want to present myself as very smart but very friendly and approachable. I need to make the effort with every part of my business – even the way I present myself: because if that’s a selling point for some people then it’s very important! This was a huge learning opportunity for me.

You will find images of me from the shoot on Bailey’s Facebook page:




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Specialist Technique & Process 3 – External Opportunity – Modelling

4th February 2015

I was approached by a student in Bradford College on the F.E photography course. She had photographed me before in the studio workshop I had modelled in previously. She requested that I model for her for her final project – a Fashion photo shoot, that she had to make a front page magazine cover and spread from. I accepted this opportunity as I find modelling handy for me as a photographer, being on the other side of the camera and having that experience so I can understand it from my subjects point of view. Bailey (the student) gave me specific requests with regards to hair and make up (which I did myself) and asked for my sizes, then bought some clothes accordingly.

Throughout the shoot I had to follow instruction but also think on my feet with regards to poses, angles and lighting. Modelling I feel also gives me more of an understanding of flattering angles and lighting for models – by putting myself in their shoes! The shoot was a real success and Bailey was very happy with her images.

Here is a link to her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BJTPhotography198


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Specialist Technique & Process 3 – Impromptu shoot (practising flash technique)

30th November 2015

Equipment used:
Canon 5D mk iii
Canon 430EXii speed lite
White wall backdrop
– turning different angles to catch the light on the hat and on the models face in a flattering manor

My housemate bought a new hat for herself and was very excited to wear it and show it off. I needed to practice my flash technique & wanted to create an impromptu high fashion look with the flash and used a plain white wall as a background. I used head on flash to create this look and I am quite happy with the results.

All close ups shot at f13, full body/longer – shot at between f9 and f11, depending on how close or far away I was stood to the subject.

I believe I could have improved this look by maybe adding reflectors in places to add highlight to the hat where possible, because it is a black hat with a velvet-like material (it absorbs the light, basically) so made it harder to highlight the details of the hat e.g the binding around the base and the general form/material of the hat. I do however like how the head on flash creates direct/strong shadows under the chin, nose, and on to the actual white background. My favourite image is the 7th image along (with the cross process appearance). I think this captures the top and side dynamics of the hat but I also love the shadows and the eye contact from the model – it draws the eye straight in and is really striking, and fulfils the desired look I was trying to create.

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Specialist Technique & Process 3: Shoots over the summer

25th September 2015

I undertook quite a few jobs/projects over the summer! I figured I’d share a few from each shoot…
(A lot of these shoots also inform my practice/subject)

http://jessicagracemcguire.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/the-fashion-edit-70s-vibe.html#.VmmSS8s0pYg – my images used

http://www.stevenheath.co.uk – my images used

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Advanced Technique & Process 2B: Final Images & Evaluation

My Final Images for this project can be found in the white wallet/folder “Advanced Techniques & Processes 2B, Final Images by Olivia Wilford”

These images show my final image sent to the AOP Student Awards Brief given by Richard Maxted of a charity shop garment, and 4 images from the same shoot showing different poses to show the styling of the dress in different ways. I also have included 2 images shot with a charity shop jacket. These images helped and informed my final shoot because I had chance to be creative with how clothing is photographed.

In the end I chose the black and white shot over the colour for my final image (for the AOP Student Awards Brief) because I felt it was the most striking, and the black and white works with the context of the dress being vintage – kind of like ‘hollywood glamour’ in the 1950’s style.

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External Opportunity: Shoot for make up artist (Paid job)

18th April 2015

The aim of this shoot was to photograph a model on location, who had her make up done by the make up artist, and she wanted to shoot in a fashion/editorial style. Here are the 4 main shots (after editing and selecting with the client MUA) sent off to print for her portfolio:

This shoot helped me in a lot of ways

– Liaising with client
– Working with a model (directing, communicating)
– Working on location with harsh sunlight (problem solving with positioning)
– Working to a strict deadline
– Enhanced my planning and organising skills
– Gained experience

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Advanced Studio Practice 2B: Shoot: Aida

15th April 2015


Aida loves fashion. She also is a design student and creates fashion. The aim here was to capture Aida in the creative process within the design studio, that over her 4 year course has become a common and loveable place where she has the freedom to express herself and be creative, as well as socialise with like-minded people. She has also made some great friends whilst being here, who she works with on a weekly and even daily basis. I liaised with Aida throughout the shoot asking her questions about what this means to her and how she thinks it shows her identity. She spoke with me about how she feels mainly, she expresses identity not necessarily through what she wears, but what she creates for others to wear. She said her final collection (that she is working on in these images) is to help others to express themselves through fashion – to not conform to the common high street cuts we continually see in the shops/society, but to give a woman the freedom to adjust the clothing to the style they wish, to be able to express themselves as an individual through her designs.

This was a really interesting experience for me, to watch the creative process and how Aida engaged with the creative process. I could tell she was passionate about what she was doing, as her eyes lit up when talking about what she creates. I wanted to get portraits of Aida that were natural and depicted her, engaged with the surroundings and the activity. I feel this shows qualities within her – that she is imaginative, creative, has an eye for detail, is delicate but intentional and has found a way in which she can express herself. I feel as though I have captured these qualities within the shots I have taken. I also wanted to photograph her with her friends in the studio because of the connections she has made with them in this process together.

I have found it difficult whittling down these shots as I felt a lot of them say the same thing but in different ways! However I think the shots that work the most are Aida stood with the studio as a backdrop, the times when she is really concentrating on what she is doing (however a lot of the images show this so I will need to get some feedback on these images to be able to decide!), the shots where I have caught her naturally smiling or laughing, because this shows her charm.

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