The past couple of weeks have really passed extremely quickly! With Val studying in the UK and myself now working a full time job, the days have just flown. So many people have asked me what’s it’s like without my “other half” or whether I’m missing my “partner in crime”. I generally response with a casual, “oh, totally fine.” Really only kidding myself that I am feeling that I am lacking without my twin by my side. However, I should have responded with this: that with Val gone, I’m missing a key factor in my life.
I’m missing my photographer.
Many of you know that we’re a photographer/model duo who swap between the two roles. With Val gone, it’s thrown things a bit off balanced. Take this black and white striped dress for instance. I’ve been wanting to take pictures of this dress for a while now but my timing has flown out of the window without Val to call on! So what do I do, I grab the next best thing. My mother.
Now Mum is not as an avid photographer as Val is, but she sure knows how to direct. (It must stem from taking our baby pictures.) Instead of the usual moody high fashion poses that Val captures, I found myself being told to smile enthusiastically and look confident and cheerful. That’s what my mum got me to bring to the table, and I hope that’s what you get! I would be lying if I didn’t say that I added my own directions such as; “Okay mum, I’m going to walk towards you now and take a pictures of me strutting.”
It made me think that the photographer model dynamic is extremely important. Both bring ideas, concepts, personality to the shoot. It’s like two pieces of the pie, salt and pepper, but you can also say that it just ain’t black and white. It’s a balancing act truly, but if you’re both open to ideas and happy to be a bit silly, then it can all work out in the end.
On that note, I would like to put a call out to any budding photographers or those interested in fashion photography. Are you interested in fashion blogs? Do you wish to capture images to the standard of your favourite blogger? If you are, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below! Now what would Val say of this? I think that she’ll be happy for a bit of healthy competition. Considering that she has all of Great Britain as her backdrop, with it’s red mail boxes, lovely store fronts and moody forests. Well then I believe that we should respond in turn with some gorgeous photography. Don’t you?