Beauty Photography – what is it?
In my many years in the beauty photography industry, I was fortunate enough to work behind the camera and see strong, amazing women bloom and glow differently.
I have seen women shine and become more confident as they show their brightest and amazing personality that I get to witness before and during the shoot. I really like building rapport with the models and the whole team that I work with before and during shoots because everyone gets into that friendly and comfortable atmosphere that helps a lot especially because it brings out positive vibes. I guess it’s safe to say that I am in love with beauty photography and being able to help women feel confident in their own ways.
Confidence, posing & self-love
It is truly uplifting to be in this industry and shoot beauty photography. I am able to witness how confident women feel during each shot. Every click tells a story, a story that I am proud to be a part of from the beginning to the end of the shoot. The happiest part is being able to contribute and showcase my art and creativity with each story, each snapshot, each capture using my camera. It feels amazing to be able to see various emotions through my camera lens, watching how my subjects tune into their own ideas of self-love, showing confidence and tapping into the emotions needed for the photoshoot.
Seeing my subjects become so inspiringly powerful in every setting, every project, every click. I feel fortunate that I am able to capture such moments, memories that I will keep not just in my portfolio but in my heart. These experiences keep me inspired, encourage me to be more creative and love the work I do every day. Also being able to produce quality content for people to love, admire and take inspiration from is the best part of being a photographer and shooting beauty photography. Aside from the story each photo represents, I am also always in awe with how my subjects represent themselves in their own magical way. These women are so powerful that they get to tell their own story using their eyes, expression and personality. This is why I adore beauty photography.
Here is a recent natural beauty shoot that represents all of the above! Shot for Bolt Beauty:
My biggest highlight of my photography career:
One of my highlights of my career is when I got to work with major brands L’Oreal Paris and Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty. I am so proud to be a part of these campaigns, these unforgettable experiences of working on bigger productions, which have shaped me into becoming a more established and skillful beauty photographer in the UK. Every time I remind myself of these accomplishments, I am encouraged to focus further on my other goals & ambitions. At the start of my career 10 years ago, I never imagined I would be able to work with such amazing, internationally acclaimed businesses that a lot of people look up to when it comes to beauty. As a photographer or creative it’s always important to stop and re access how far you have come and think about your proudest moments as a photographer
My beauty photography lighting tips:
If you are starting out or looking to get into beauty photography as well, here are a few tips I can share with you. Lighting is essential for beauty photography. Its important for a good photographer to know or learn how to play with different light setups for different scenarios / shoot concepts.
I personally love introducing natural light, reflectors / polyboards into my studio setups to eliminate harsh shadows to capture the subject’s best angle. I prefer using octaboxes over beauty dishes for a softer effect. I place my subject slightly to the edge of the octa as it allows the light to wrap down and around your subject’s body. You may also use a reflector to aim light back into your subject’s face to reduce harsh shadows and also try using diffusion. There are plenty of ways on how you can ensure to produce quality photos and I recommend trying and testing out which ones work best for you, your team and your photo shoot as things may also vary depending on your location, eg, mood board and client’s preference.
Creating natural light set ups in the photography studio
Here is one of my most challenging beauty photography lighting set ups. For my recent L’Oreal shoot, I was briefed to create light, airy natural shots as I was shooting bridal hair looks with influencer @inthefrow. The studio booked at The Worx, was black out studio with no natural light. I had to re-create natural light with my studio lighting. For this, I used 2 light heads (with octoboxes), 3 polyboards and 1 reflector. I changed my usual light set up and directed an octobox towards the ceiling (rather than at the subject) to create more of a diffused, natural light effect and used the other light as filler and backlit the subject. I surrounded my model with polyboards (white side) while my assistant added reflection (silver side) to add a slight light fill at the bottom half of the subjects body
Here is the result for L’oreal with influencer Victoria Magrath @inthefrow