A young man with a focused expression looking to the side, dressed in a casual blazer and shirt, with a blurred ocean and sky background.


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of helping a young man named Alfie take his first steps into the modelling world by taking some photos for his portfolio.  We arranged to meet in the early evening at Lyme Regis in Dorset. Lyme Regis is a beautiful location and provided us with a number of key locations for the photographs.

Our first stop was Lyme Regis Harbour, also known as The Cobb.  Whilst I would have loved to climb out onto the huge rocks at the end of jetty for that perfect photo, the wind was just too wild. Although one of my responsibilities as a photographer is to get that great photo, another less well known one is to not put anyone in danger in order to get it. So with the rocks out of the question, my first job was to consider where the best location would be. I decided to place Alfie leaning against the Cobb’s wall. This would not only protect us a little from the wind, but also give the opportunity for some interesting angles.

The next consideration was light, as it was early evening and the sky was fairly stormy I made the decision that I needed to add some light to the photos. The one thing I do like to do with my male models, or in my case more commonly grooms at their wedding, is to add additional light. I find it helps to chisel out their features, and defines their masculinity. So, with a flash in hand and an understanding of light patterns, I was able to create the photographs you see below.

Our next location was Alexander Gardens. I had really wanted to take some photos on Lyme Regis’s beach, as this area of Dorset is famously part of the Jurassic Coast and I was hoping to incorporate that in some way, but it was not meant to be.  There was no sunset, only rain, so we retreated to the trees for some protection. There I found the most beautiful lighting; the trees shape and form was displayed beautifully by the red and blue coloured lighting that had been placed at the base of their trunks.  This was a gift that had to be used, but by know it was quite dark and being under the trees made it even darker, so switching my camera lens, cranking up my ISO a little and using flash was now a necessity as you can see from the pictures below.

I have to say that I was quite pleased with the pictures, and so was Alfie.

Good luck in your modelling career Alfie.

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