This shoot was exciting for me. Very, very exciting. A few months ago, YouTuber and Instagram model Michelle Diaz tweeted about how she was coming over from the USA to London for a while and I saw my chance and TOOK IT. And a couple of months later, we were in London shooting together. Now this was my first shoot with someone that wasn’t just a friend I could boss around, so I was a bit (very) nervous. Directing has never been a strong point for me, so I had my doubts, but a good thing about working with a professional model, is DAMN she knew what she was doing, she made it unbelievably easy for me. Plus it’s quite hard to take bad photos when your model looks like this.
Our first location was the doorway of a hotel I spotted on our way through Chinatown and thought it was the perfect spot for us to get warmed up. Plus ALL the Gatsby vibes.
Once we were all warmed up and ready to get properly shooting, we set off towards Covent Garden, where everything is just ridiculously pretty. Now, starting off as a blogger, as you can imagine, I still have a bit of a thing for lights, especially fairy lights, so as soon as I saw these bulbs underneath this theatre, it was the one for me. These photos were the first I edited where I finally felt like I’d found my style and truly loved the result, especially needing to send them off to Michelle, I really felt like this was my step into the ranks.
Once we were fully into the swing of things, we made it into Covent Garden and I was in full creative-director mode. See that weird flower cart thing? Go get right up in it. It was bloody beautiful though. The only problem is, London is a busy place, with a whole lot of people getting in the way. But through all the people dodging, we got some pretty gorgeous shots, even if I do say so myself.
Once I stopped getting distracted by random flower carts, we actually made it properly into Covent Garden. And if I thought there were a lot of people outside OH BOY I didn’t know what was about to hit me. We found this great little spot outside a restaurant, where the window just happened to look directly into the kitchen. And of course one of the chefs spot us and decide to come outside and watch. I’m glad Michelle was so used to it because I was NOT enjoying it.
Our last spot were some simple railings by the stairs, which gave me an extra lil angle, but THE PEOPLE OH MY GOD. Although I suppose me standing there taking photos and blocking the way is most likely more annoying for the other people. But needs must *shrugs*
I’m beyond happy with these photos. As I said earlier, these were the first set of photos I really felt had my mark on them, and in all my shoots since I’ve pushed myself from this point. Onwards and upwards lads!
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