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ePHOTOzine Member Feature: Baden - Baden only took up photography a year ago, but his model shots are stunning. We had a quick chat with Baden to find out more about his photography.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and bred in Wales but I moved to Kent in 2010 when I met my wife. I am 37-years-old and I work part time as a lab technician and do photography in my spare time. I use what is regarded as mid-range kit consisting of a Canon 50D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro lens.
Who or what inspires you photographically?
Since I took up photography I do see the world with new eyes! A drive in the country, watching a film or browsing the internet I see things I never would have before, like light and shadows and how they affect a scene or create a mood. I have met and made many friends through photography and there are people who have given me invaluable advice and help along the way, so these people have been a big influence and inspiration.
Your model shots are particularly good, talk us through how you set up a shot.
My early model shoots were on location using a combination of a natural light, a single Speedlight and a reflector. British weather being what it is I invested in a studio kit so I could still do shoots in bad weather. My kit consists of a half width (1.35m) paper backdrop and a set of 35 year old Bowen’s monolites all set up in my kitchen! It is a bit hectic, but it works!
Most of my model shoots are collaborations and ideas flow in which direction we all would like the shoot to go. I have been very lucky to work with some really creative people, which makes my job a lot easier.
How did you achieve the blue lady look?
For this shot, it was all about the make up! Again this was a collaboration with a very talented make-up artist, hair stylist and of course a beautiful model. Many people have asked if the make-up was real or added in post-production, it was 100% real and my wife still complains about how long it took to clean the bathroom afterwards! The inspiration behind the image was from the famous 1950 print/painting "The Chinese Lady" aka "The Blue/Green Lady" by Vladimir Tretchikoff, which adorned many a wall in the 60’s and 70’s.
You can take a look at more of Baden's work by visiting his portfolio: Baden's Portfolio.