CHRIS NOAKES | STUDIO
You’re probably already wondering about the “cute and evil” title.
No, I’m not calling anyone evil. Well, ok, maybe a little evil. Cute and evil was a tongue in cheek description of the kinds of expressions Brittaney was throwing at me - her words. And then later I thought it an appropriate title as this session unintentionally became about showing two sides of the same person.
The session started with headshots, and those headshots perfectly captured the “cute”. I’m pretty sure she despises that label, so shhhhh, no one tell her I used it.
The flip side was our adding a dash of sensuality. I’ve said it before, everyone deserves to feel sexy. Everyone should be able to look at themselves, and be confident in what they see. When I got into photography I did so because I love to help people feel amazing – and sensuality has it's part to play.
It’s a side we all have, but that so many hide away. Either out of shame, fear of judgement, or worry that no one will even notice. But the truth is, we are all sensual people, and wanting to be seen as such isn’t a bad thing. We need to stop pretending like it is.
I want to develop a style that captures personality, while also celebrating individual sexuality, in a way that’s strong, tasteful, and empowering. My hope is to help people find that part of themselves, through the work we do together, and feel confident in expressing it if they want too.
Brittaney once again absolutely killed her session. She’s a beautiful young lady – strong and exuding confidence - and I feel honored to have been allowed to capture some of that. She may not have driven all the way to North Bay just to work with me, but I am certianly glad she found the time to visit my studio while she was here.
You may recall Gabrielle joining me a few weeks back for my first real attempt at beauty” portraiture.
During that same session, at my request, she also arrived prepared for some more fashion styled work. The idea at the time being that the beauty work was an experiment, and if it didn’t work out the way I wanted, at least I’d have this style to fall back on. Which ended up being a completely unnecessary line of thinking, but I love the shots we got so win win.
One of my favourite things as a photographer will always be to capture honest images that reflect a persons own style and personality - I like to think I accomplished that with her. Poise and confidence. And she was wicked amazing to work with, an absolute natural in front of the camera… only surprising in that she had never done anything like this before. Honestly; I'm already looking forward to working with her again.
This session continued my pursuit of minimalism and simplicity. Solid background, one light… everything about this style is designed to keep the focus on the person. I want my work to be 100% about the people I'm photographing.
It’s a style I intend to keep pushing and growing in. I’ve been told recently that it’s become a style I’m both recognizable for, and that other photographers are even drawing inspiration from. I like that. I feel like I’ve found my little niche and now I hope to see how far I can take it.
A few days ago I found myself with some free time, during the middle of the week, which truthfully NEVER happens. Work and all that responsible adult stuff typically gets in the way. And I was craving getting behind the camera, for no better reason, than just to have a bit of fun.
Between corporate headshot work, military work, and the work being done on my website… it felt like it had been way to long since I’d shot for just the hell of it.
So with zero notice, and zero planning, I reached out - Jasmin answered the call and joined me in my studio.
We shot a few different styles (don’t worry you’ll see those soon), but it was near the end of our session together that we hit on this series. Going back to almost my corporate headshot style, just with a little more punch and drama.
Jasmin killed it, and that’s putting things mildly. There’s a reason she’s one of my favourites to work with locally; in front of the camera she simply personifies beauty and charisma.
I am so in love with these photos that I’m contemplating changing my portfolio to reflect this new style. With just a touch more tweaking I feel like I could really be hitting on something.
The nice thing, it’s one light. Well ok – two if you count the background light. The subject was lit with a single Profoto D2, using a dish, and the Lastolite Triflector below. An almost traditional beauty setup modified to work with headshots. I couldn’t make this setup any more simple if I tried. I like simple… it means I can put more focus on what’s important, the person.