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Brooklands Museum – models with curves in all the right places

“You should always be learning. If you’re the smartest person in the room you’re in the wrong place.” Erika Bearman

One of the (many) things I love about my chosen career is that I am always learning. Most of the time I shoot real people and the stories they want capturing like weddings and new additions to their families. Recently I have branched out into Product Photography which I am really enjoying. But one area I have not had much exposure too is car photography. Which is weird because I love cars, with their elegant sweeping lines and individual features.

Lucky for me, Mr JB is a complete petrol head and for Christmas gave me a car photography course from Jason Dodd at the legendary Brooklands Museum – the birthplace of British Motorsport. On the proviso that he got to visit Brooklands too!

Models everywhere

Jason had lined up a great selection of car makes and models that we got to photograph against vintage garages, the airfield (including Concorde!) and of course what is left of the original banked track. Teaching us about lighting and composition along the way.

There were a couple of modern marques.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

Like this Mercedes AMG.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

And this Nissan R35 GTR.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

As well as a Porsche 944 and 924 Turbo

All beautiful models in their own right but it was the classics that Jason had procured for the event that really caught my eye. These babies had curves in ALL the right places 😉

Vintage Darling

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It is often joked that Lotus stands for Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious but there was nothing wrong with this vintage Elan.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

And this Corvette Stingray was an absolute honey. When I shared the Corvette images I’d taken with its owner he said,

“Just looked at the photos – amazing. Is that really my car looking that good?!

So I have taken a few photos of my car over the years and they look ok – but the way you do it brings out the great shape of the car.”

Add to that a Bugatti replica

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and a baby pink Thunderbird and I was having a great time.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

But wait there’s more – real models!

One of the first things Jason said to me on the day was that Mr JB had told him about my usual genre and that I was in luck as he had a model joining us for the day.

I could barely contain my excitement at this point. I have held model calls in the past for newborn babies in the studio but I’ve never worked with an actual professional model. (SQUEEEEEEE!)

Cue the gorgeous Miss Mercury (or @missmercurymodel if you want to follow her on Instagram).  With her brunette pin curls and sassy winged eyeliner, I’m not ashamed to admit I had a bit of a girl crush. Especially when I found out she had a French Bulldog too!!

Now with a beautiful girl standing next to them, the cars really came alive. All my favourite pictures from the day have Miss Mercury in them.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

It was incredible working with a professional. She knew instinctively what poses looked good on her and moved into them effortlessly. All I had to do was tell a story and click 🙂

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

Despite being the only girl on the course I think I monopolised Miss Mercury’s time (sorry not sorry). As the day went on I even abandoned the cars for a while to take pictures of Miss M in front of a vintage bus and aircraft hanger.

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I feel the need, the need for speed

All in all, it was a fabulous day and I learnt loads from the course. Now I feel like I’m getting the hang of shooting static cars I want to master them at speed. Luckily for me, I’ve managed to get on the media pass list at the Boness Revival this year so I get to pair up with an experienced motorsport photographer and take pictures at the event including of Mr JB in his 1978 Corvette, Lemmy.

Always learning 🙂

 

 

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Product Photography – A New Venture

I love taking pictures and I love jewellery! So when my favourite cousin-in-law and jewellery designer in her own right, (check her out here – she takes commissions), asked me if I wanted to try photographing some of her students work from Fife College, I said Yes! It was just the creative challenge I needed.

Plenty of Wedding Practice

I often take close-up images of bridal jewellery and wedding rings. I  have invested heavily in a top quality macro lens. Taking pictures of wedding and engagement rings have also taught me certain techniques like focussing on the claw of a stone rather than the precious gem itself.

But that is all in the heat of the moment. Usually when a bride and her maids are careering about trying to get ready. For this project, it was just me, my studio, a light box and various props I’d found around the house that I thought would add some textural interest.

Standard product images

Traditional images for brochures are simple ‘on white’ images that allow the jewellery to take centre stage with no distractions. Simple to look at, harder to execute but I love how this necklace turned out and so did the college 🙂

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Pushing the boundaries

I wanted to try different textures as well that would highlight the individual pieces and give jewellers some other options for their websites or social media.

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I love how the wood on this bowl makes this pendant pop.

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And how the blue glass echoes the colours in the brooch but is suitably out of focus so not to distract from it.

Then things got really exciting

A former Fife College student saw my examples and wanted some pictures taken. We were able to chat about her brand colours and she brought some gorgeous old slate and rusted iron with her to use as backgrounds for her beautiful pieces.

Just like my lifestyle photography interaction with the client to understand their personality is crucial. Just with jewellery, I am trying to capture their personality through the pieces of art rather than their facial expressions.

Product Photography by JB Moments Photography

How fantastic is this rusty iron as a background?

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Or this old slate?

Product Photography by JB Moments Photography

With ready-made earring holes!

Even better she left all these backgrounds with me to keep for other shoots. I know I say it a lot but I fricken love my job and the fact that I can constantly try new stuff out. 🙂

If you are interested in getting your jewellery or other small products professionally photographed. To help your business stand out from the crowd. You can check out the details here.