In the April 2017 issue of Country Living magazine there is an article about shepherding and I feel as though the portraits in it have provided me with some inspiration for my own portraits. They were taken on location at the subject’s farm and look as though they were shot using natural lighting.
The photographer is Alun Callender ( http://aluncallender.com/portraits/#mg ) who seems to photograph a lot in this style, specialising in portraits of ‘creative people’. He tends to photograph people in their place of work, dressed in their own work clothing and these locations are often in rural areas. I would describe his work as having a ‘rustic’ feel to it.
I particularly like this photograph of the woman sat reading on a step overlooking a view of the countryside and I think that this is certainly the kind of image that I could copy for my own final portraits. I think that it would fit in well with the style of Country Living Magazine. I also think that this pose would work with my subject as they run a blog and bed and breakfast business from their home, and the countryside setting is a key element to her business and so I think that it’s important that it is included in the portraits.
Again I think that I could create an image in a similar style to this one because the subject that I am photographing lives next to a lake surrounded by trees. I don’t think I would incorporate the boat prop because it’s not relevant to the story I am writing about, but I think that the strong pose of the subject in this photo is effective. I think that unlike many of his other portraits this one uses some form of artificial lighting because the model has been very well lit whilst the background behind her is pretty dark.