Location shooting can give you some of the best dramatic shots but it can also give you cold, wet and uninspiring places to work. This was the challenge Ryan, a new model working in Norwich, and I faced. We had timed the shoot to get the sun dropping in the sky but was given rain, snow and cold which would take several hours recover from.
We headed out into the centre of Norwich. We were aiming to grab some urban fashion shots for our instagram so decided to make use of the dark and cold feeling and headed to an underpass for our first location to get some moody shots. An off camera strobe, shot through a soft box, gave me enough light to balance the darkness of the underpass, the strip lights along the roof of the underpass and Ryan. We tried a few different shot from different angles and focal length, but I found the location lent itself to symmetry and many of the best shots made use of this.
We moved location and tried out another couple of sites. Each location gave a different look to Norwich and I really enjoyed showing the City in a slightly different way. There are many stunning places in the City but it also has its fair share of industrial and less elegant parts. These locations didn't have the level of beauty as others but they made up by having so much of character and texture.
While we kept away from the normal tourist areas we did head for cover in the Royal Arcade. This locations is beautifully Victorian in it architecture and one of the stunning locations Norwich has to offer. I could have shot this to make the location grand and majestic but this would not have been in keeping with the narrative of our shoot so I kept it low key, with muted tones; trying to make the shot more introspective.
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