Rhiannon Groff won the competition I put on Instagram last month (@louisecanton) and chose her best friend Ariana Dimou. It was her first time in front of the camera and doesn't she look great? See more shoots on my sparkly new website here
It's always most uncomfortable for a photographer being the other side of the lens, but also so important to know what it feels like. I live by stepping outside my comfort zone with my lifestyle so it's about time I applied that to photography so I'll be doing a series of self portraits until I feel good doing them, if that will ever happen! A friend actually inspired me to do this one, encouraging me to get in front of the camera, plus I had a new backdrop I need to experiment with for an upcoming shoot. It's mostly natural lighting, shot in my apartment in Las Vegas, but I did use a little fill in flash with a diffuser. I also had a black reflector to the side to create a little depth to the picture which is the shadow you see on the right side. I was going for a seventies feel.
Kristal reached out to me because she wanted a photographer to give her a shoot to mark her 21st Birthday where she was visiting her brother in Las Vegas, Nevada. She sent me through some inspo pics, which I loved, so we set out to Red Rock to get creative. This trooper battled some minor issues on the day such as nosebleeds, allergies and a few other things, but who can tell?
This is what I miss living in Las Vegas, the woods and countryside of England. On my last visit home, two of my closest friends and I went on a little adventure to Silent Pool, in Surrey where we came across these beautiful tree roots, we chose here to set up a group portrait. The 'before' is actually kind of an 'after' too, we set up the tripod and took it in turns to get in the photo, waiting patiently for the sun to go behind the clouds again, and then merged the three images together. I spent many hours of editing afterwards to bring out the different shadows and highlights, play with the light and add some fancy colours to create a story tale image.
Models: Gemma Perrior, Louise Canton (me) and Christine Lipscombe