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Photographing Dee - She may be famous someday

I have recently had the pleasure of photographing Dee Short, a recent graduate of Phil Winston's Theatreworks College in Blackpool. Dee had already had portfolio photographs from another photographer with whom she was unhappy with so I asked her to bring them along to see what it was she didn't like. Having seen them I saw straight away what was missing. Dee did not look comfortable or relaxed. They were lacking a sense of naturalness that I feel is essential for a performers portfolio collection.

So we set out to create a more natural selection of images. This will be done in 3 stages. For the first we decided to do a black background for a dramatic and classic look.


Admittedly, it isn't always easy getting a subject to relax and be themselves. You can look at someone and see that they are beautiful but that doesn't automatically mean it will be easy to get a good photograph. A good photographer though should be able to get their subject to relax and become comfortable so that you can get that good photograph. It is obvious that Dee is a beautiful girl and I knew that with time I would be able to get what I wanted but it didn't happen straight away. I am sure that this was down to both of us needing to relax and get into the situation and this always takes time. But as the shoot went on I could see the transformation.

This is where I believe I am different from other photographers. I don't have any restrictions on clothing changes. I don't have an alotted time that each session must fit into. I don't do back to back appointments so there is never a rush. I like to work with my clients and have them feel that this is a team effort. With Dee, between outfit changes we reviewed the images to see what it is we liked and disliked about them and we discussed what we wanted to do next. I did this to help us both become more comfortable and to ensure that I was producing for Dee the type of images she was after.


I am very pleased with the results I was able to achieve from this shoot. And I am very much looking forward to the next two stages. The second will be an environmental shoot which will take place as soon as we can co-ordinate our schedules. And the third is something I am still working on but not yet ready for at this time. I still have some props to source and this will take a little time. But as soon as I am ready I will be inviting Dee back and I will be very keen to add another blog to show everyone what I am up to.

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