Hello there, David here from www.davidpurslow.com
Bit of a different post from me tonight. I was looking for some images tonight and came across a set of unprocessed shots that I did a little while back. I had the great pleasure of shooting the gorgeous Gemma (dont panic, here mum came along to hold lights !).
I had shot some family portraits just before Christmas for presents etc. Since I had worked for these guys before and I wanted some nice portfolio images I offered to shoot Gemma one day………. Well a few months later on possibly the coldest day of the year, if not the windiest Gemma, Mrs B and myself took trip to Newgale Beach in Pembrokeshire. Its not called Newgale for no reason, it was WINDY !!!! and did I mention cold ? Well there I was all wrapped up, Mrs B was pretty well covered up too and poor Gemma well not really dressed for the cold is all I shall say.
So here we were on the beach being battered by the wind and freezing cold, Gemma had never done anything like this before and naturally a few people were just standing around watching (as always seems to happen every time you get a pretty girl on the beach no matter what the weather) and I was asking her to march up and down the beach. Her hair had been blown about within seconds of getting out of the car and you can forget about posing nicely for the camera.
Taking all this in her stride Gemma worked like a trooper and helped produce some great photos. This is just a snippet of what we managed to get.
First shot – shows how windy it really was. The north end of Newgale beach in the background.
Another shot from our session at Newgale Beach. In this shot, Gemma is looking directly at the direction the wind is blowing from, her eyes were streaming within seconds.
From Newgale we decided that we would head to Swansea (last minute decision) and shoot a few pictures around the town. Swansea is about an hour away from Haverfordwest so there was plenty of time to warm up. Infact we popped to my house, and Gemma got changed while Nikki (my bride) warmed us all up with a cup of tea and if I remember correctly I board everyone to death with stories of our new pots and pans (Dont Ask!)
Once we finished at home, off we headed for Swansea (I should point out it was a Friday night) I had wanted to shoot some photos of Gemma in the fountain however we decided it was WAY too cold for that. As it happens due to the Friday / Saturday night revelers we could not get the car anywhere near it so it did not matter anyhow.
Well with no backup plan (MYFAULT) we had a quick drive around and found a few places. Down by SA1 the new dockland project in Swansea we shot some nicer photos with long the water front. Normally during the summer the streets down there would be packed as there are some fantastic little restaurants around but tonight it was deserted. Mrs B was holding the lights, I had the camera on a tripod playing with settings while poor Gemma now all DRESSED up froze……….
We shot for about 35 minutes by the water front and got some great stuff, here is one of my favorites.
As you can see, Gemma was dressed for a Friday night in Swansea just not for the middle of winter
From there we marched around Swansea, we took some great photos, one of the funniest was outside of Eddie Rockets which happened to be open at the time. They have one of those doors that opens automatically as you are about to enter. Well not to arouse suspicion, I set up the camera without Gemma being “in place” Mrs B kept a good eye out and did her normal great job of lighting. Just when we were ready to take the photos, Gemma ran over by the door and posed for the camera. If you look carefully at the photo you will actually see the door moving behind here. I would love to know what the people were thinking inside because we did this a number of times !!! Again just a little bit of photographers fun in the city.
Last but not least is probably one of my favorite photos from our session. As we walked around Swansea we spotted an office temp office called Office Angels. The location was just perfect for a little play on words so to speak.
By this time Swansea was getting pretty busy so we had to be quick (the problem is we kept being accosted by drunk people wanting to have there photo taken) – anyway Mrs B was on the lights again, Gemma was looking all sultry and perfect for the shot I had in mind. I never noticed at the time the vodka bottle on the floor, I could have airbrushed it out but I think it adds to the shot. We snapped this image in 1 take, and then scooted off home. A great time was had by all and some great images were the result of all our hard work.
I am looking for a few more girls who would like to get some images like these to help build my model portfolio up a bit, so if your interested, drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and send along a recent photo.
Here is my favorite shot from the day.
Many thanks to Gemma for being such a trooper and suffering in the cold, thanks to Mrs B for helping with the bags and the lights.
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