Jadah Louise and I decided to do a photoshoot in the middle of Leicester. This was to be a street style shoot, with an urban feel to it. We wanted something a little different to what we had both done before. It seemed, however, that we were not going to find a day to do the shoot. When we tried to arrange a date, the rain was against us, and we had to reschedule a couple of times. Eventually, we decided, lets do it at night! And so we did.
This was a challenge for me, and some of it my own fault. I forgot to take an appropriate lens with a low f-stop. I know, I know. Criminal! I just get so used to using my default lenses. In my defence, I did try and take a lens suited to the task. I did actually take the right lens too, except I took a Pentax lens, instead of a Fujifilm one, bearing in mind that I was shooting with the Fujifilm X-T2! What a twit! I only had ambient light to use, so it was a bit of a challenge.
We started off at the clock tower. You have to really, as it is such a pretty piece of design. I decided against including the entire clock though, as I still wanted to see some of my model in the image. Whilst there we took some portraits as well. We made our way down the street, and decided to do an image with a perspective distortion. A couple of lads walking by photobombed us, and they really would have made the image, but I just didn’t frame them right. I may still have a look at processing one of those at some point. This perspective distorted image is my favourite from the shoot.
We spotted a Vietnamese restaurant, with some amazing red light coming off it, so we stopped there for a couple of images. The red lighting really suited the night shooting style, and in retrospect, I should have taken a few more variations there at the time. We worked our way around the block slowly and took some portraits, some creepy images and one or two that were smoking hot.
Of course, me being me, we had to have one or two images from the shoot that were a little on the creepy side. I have to put an image or two from every shoot into one of my projects, and this shoot I chose a creepy image for my sinister project. You will find either one or both of them in the sinister gallery as soon as it goes up online.
As we walked about, loads of police cars kept going past, sirens blaring. When we walked back to the main pedestrian area, there were all of the police! They had been called out to a brawl that had escalated to a large number of people. Luckily, we managed to miss getting in the middle of it. It all kicked off at the market. Not long before that, we looked at the market as an option, and then decided to walk on. What a fortuitous decision!
We finished off the shoot back at the clock tower, and I tried another new style for me, with my model stationary, and the surrounding people on the street blurred with movement. I don’t normally like motion blur in images, but I really did like them in this instance.
It was really cold, and Jadah was not dressed for the night city air, wearing an edgy outfit we had agreed upon, but she worked with no complaint and so we got some great shots. It was well worth stretching ourselves into something new.
I learned quite a bit, with one single shoot. I experimented with styles and lighting that I don’t normally use. I really enjoyed myself. I found myself not wanting to go home after the shoot, and, not being able to find my car for quite some time, that nearly turned out to be the situation!
This ‘staged street at night’ is a style I would like to try and shoot again, and have it on my to do list for next year. Using the ambient light at night made for some very interesting images, and was quite an experience for me, as I normally work with daylight or controlled studio lighting. I feel like there is a whole lot more for me to do using the knowledge I gained from this shoot.
Jadah Louise is a lovely, friendly model and looks simply stunning. If you would like to shoot with Jadah, she can be found on instagram and also on facebook.