December 17, 2014

Before The Storm

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Wow. Hello!
Where did those last two weeks go?
I honestly can't tell you what I've been spending my time on because I've just been SO busy. Everything is flying past me in a flurry of red and green. 

I've had a full diary since the beginning of this month and now I'm finding myself, a week before Christmas eve, with absolutely none of my Christmas shopping done and a computer filled with shoots I'm working on.

Last Monday I shot a few portfolio images for the lovely Johanna who I was lucky enough to go to school with. I always get really excited when old school friends contact me to take some photos of them. As a photographer, I sort most people I meet in life into two categories: people I'd like to photograph as models and people who I would like to photograph because they're just genuinely nice or interesting.


I never shoot in the rain. It's partly because I've never really had the opportunity and also because the majority of people I work with aren't too interested in spending their day getting wet on location. Thankfully, we had to book in this portrait session a couple of weeks in advance and we didn't have any room if it came to rescheduling because of the weather. When I looked at the forecast on my weather app in the morning, I stuffed my camera bag full of plastic bags to protect my camera, borrowed Paul's waterproof jacket and hung a towel around my neck. I had all bases covered.

Luckily it only rained on us for a few short minutes and while we waited for the wet weather to subdue, we took shelter in one of the many caves we discovered while we walked around the cliff edges. After the rain passed, thunderstorm clouds brewed to the south and we took advantage of the dramatic scenery as much as we could before running back to the car, sopping wet from standing in the ocean waters trying to capture a perfect shot.

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19 comments:

  1. These are so wonderful! I love the colours and moodiness. You are so talented.

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    1. Ah! Thank you, thank you dear Magda! :)

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  2. Hey Carolyn love the change in moods and different things Johanna wore throughout the shoot, although that's to be expected when you're outside I guess.
    I was wondering whether you'd be OK if I used 2 of the photos from this shoot in a moodboard I'd later post on my blog? Totally fine if you say no, I'd credit you of course. Just thought I'd better ask first.

    http://secret-hipster.blogspot.com.au/

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  3. Love these photos so much! I think my favorite is the second to last photograph - i love how it feels like the wave is rushing towards me. It's funny because my favorite weather to shoot in is rainy/cloudy. I used to hate it but now I just really love the softness of the lighting.

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    1. That's definitely one of my favourites too, although it's hard to pick one from this crop because there are so many I like for different reasons. Yes, the soft lighting is amazing, it was so nice not having to worry about contrast and excessive shadowing!! That being said I still like shooting at sunset/sunrise! :)

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  4. these are beautiful! photographing familiar faces is always nice-love the shots of her in the water. what a stunning location

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  5. Love these, Carolyn! The lighting is so nice and I love her skirt.

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    1. Thank you Shani!! Jo's style is so good right?!

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  6. URGH THESE ARE RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!

    What lens are you using? (if I may ask) xx

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    1. Haha, thank you Sam! :)
      I only own a 24-105mm f/4 and a 50mm f/1.8. Normally I really only tend to use one or the other but I used both in this shoot.

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  7. I love that second last shot! Dark cloudy skies make for some epic photos :)

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  8. The mood and the sky and everything about this shoot is amazing. Her hair is a work of art in itself too haha :)

    I am just loving this a lot, what Sam said basically. :D

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  9. These pictures are beautiful! The model reminds me of a ship-wrecked sailorwoman :)
    - F - www.elevatorbrain.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Holy moly, you have a gift my dear! come to new zealand please!

    timothy + ariana

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  11. Wow Carolyn, these are absolutely stunning! If I may ask, do you use Lightroom presets to edit your photos?

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