Why choose Rebecca Hull Photography for your fashion shoot?
Fashion photography Leeds needs to convey an essence of confidence and beauty...and sometimes mystery. Rebecca Hull Photography Leeds directs models to be confident and self-assured. Showing signs of a lack of confidence or lack of direction will invariably be reflected in the performance of a model so she always ensures that the model feels comfortable and involved. It's often a good idea for the model to create a list before the shoot and rehearse technique and composition for shots in your mind. Whenever possible, Rebecca will prepare the location, organise props and clothes, and hair and make-up if needed, ahead of time. She will ensure that the shoot objective is clearly communicated to all involved. This helps the model, designer, stylists and all those involved to feel clearly focused & more confident, which in turn all leads to beautiful shots for your fashion shoot.
Fashion photography is all about clothing, accessories and beauty, Rebecca Hull Photography pulls all these elements, the location and the model together to reflect this. Unusual looking models bring interest and personality to the piece, whereas some models have a more 'commercial' look & Rebecca likes to work with all different genres as she sees beauty in everything.
Getting the right location is important if you want to convey a narrative within your shoot. For example if the clothing and beauty styling are edgy, hard or provocative you may want to consider an urban setting , alternatively for spring/summer and natural fashions find a rural environment like; a field, beach, woodland or river bank. Or it's great to mix up the two and create a contrast. Rebecca Hull Photography specialises in location shoots in Leeds as she believes that this gives your fashion shoot a more interesting and 'edgy' look and feel. She has used many interesting shoot locations in Leeds & surrounding areas, including rural back drops such as fields, parks and coastal locations, along with more urban locations, where fashion shoots are conducted using a harsher backdrop such as a street, derelict building or graffiti wall. Rebecca gains inspiration from everything around her and always has a list of possible locations for your fashion or portfolio shoot.
Posing can be a tricky skill to master, especially for inexperienced models. It helps to browse through fashion magazines and photo shoots to get inspiration for different poses. Using ‘broken down’ poses or poses that require angular body shapes can add interest and edginess to your fashion photo shoot– as well as help to elongate body length. Rebecca will direct you throughout your shoot to ensure that you feel at ease, and to get the best and most flattering poses for your body type. Direction and styling is important to ensure that the clothing looks its best on the model and Rebecca plays an active role in the creative direction of the shoot.
Portrait and Portfolio Photography
"A likeness of a person, especially one showing the face, that is created by a painter or photographer."
Portrait photography or portraiture is the capture of the likeness of a person or a small group of people (a group portrait), in which the face and expression is distinct. The objective is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is the person's face, although the entire body and the background may be included. The different types of portrait photography are: close-ups, facial shots, upper body shots or environmental portraits. Environmental portraits are where you focus on the subject and on their surroundings that provide more character to the subject.
Rebecca Hull Photography directs her 'models', whether professionals or just your everyday individual, to be confident and self-assured. When people have a camera in their face it usually makes them nervous and they will try to put on a face that does not portray who they really are. Rebecca's real skill in portrait photography is to capture photos when the subjects are comfortable and not worried about a camera. she always ensures that the subject feels comfortable and involved in the shoot.
Posing can be a tricky skill to master, especially for inexperienced models. It helps to browse through magazines to get inspiration for different poses. Rebecca will direct you throughout your shoot to ensure that you feel at ease, and to get the best and most flattering poses for your body type. For her portrait photography shoots Rebecca will often try to capture their subject's true essence by using tricks. One example of this is counting to three so the subject prepares and then while they are relaxing after taking a planned photo she will snap a few more unplanned photos. In most cases the subject won't even know that more than one photo was taken but it's usually the photos that the subject wasn't expecting that capture their true essence.
Environmental portrait photography are the portraits that let you into the life of a subject and this is what interests Rebecca. They might include the whole subject in a scenario or the subject participating in some hobby that they enjoy. These are best for telling a story to the viewer about the subject. They also make great Black and White pictures.
Rebecca especially likes to use natural light sources for her portraiture and has a wide range of locations for your shoot. She is professional yet personable and ultimately wants you to enjoy your portrait photography shoot.
'Ultimately you want nice pictures AND a nice memory of the shoot with me. If my subject feels understood and comfortable, that’s the first step in breaking them out of that awkward place and truly capturing their essence.' Rebecca Hull
Rebecca Hull and Documentary Photography
Can I take your photograph? Why? Because a face can say a thousand words, and an image can tell a story.
Documentary photography has many purposes: to record, reveal or preserve, to persuade or promote, to analyse and to express. Documentary photography is a strong medium for portraying the feel and atmosphere of a place and the people who are there.
Documentary Photography as an artistic genre attempts to capture truthful, objective images. They provide a record or ‘evidence’ of social and political situations with the aim of conveying information.
Rebecca Hull's passion for photography started with social documentary and her images from around the world paint a strong picture of what she finds facinating in people's everyday lives, from many different cultures. She likes people to take what they want from her images, and finds it interesting that different people take different things from each photograph.
'When our memories of people and places fade and blur, the photograph may be all that remains as a replacement’.
Event Photography Leeds
You hold an event to mark a special occasion or to promote something. Rebecca understands the importance of both of these motivations, as she has also worked in marketing and event promotions herself.
She believes event photography is all about capturing the atmosphere and the most important moments of your event. Her event photography is in a documentary and 'candid'style and she ensures that she captures all the significant moments for you to either treasure forever, or to be used to promote your future events.
Candid styles of event photography are increasingly becoming popular in formal photographic situations. The results, when they put together with formal shots, are a wonderful blend of photos that tell a fuller story.
The best way to take spontaneous photographs is to always be ready to do so. For her event photogrpaphy, Rebecca has a DSLR which she takes on a shoot but between shoots she likes to also carry with her a quality point and shoot camera that can be whipped out at a moments notice to capture the many opportunities for a good photo that event, and life in general presents us with.
Every event has a beginning, middle, and end. Try to capture the entire story of the event Rebecca will take pictures of the empty venue and snap shots as people arrive. She will show the full scale of the event. During the main event, she will set her camera to shoot as many shots as possible. Rebecca brings many memory cards and never lets space dictate how many shots she takes for her event photography. Setting her camera to burst mode and concentrating on capturing the reaction of the audience, as well as the main action, makes for great images at your event. Reaction shots are priceless and often capture the emotion of the event better than the actual event.
Rebecca enjoys the public interaction of event photography, and has a friendly and personable manner. This means that the people being photographed at your event are relaxed and the photos are natural. Some individuals are naturally shy, so Rebecca uses a long lens as part of her event photography. The further you are away from your subject the less likely they will be to know that you’re photographing them and the more natural and relaxed they’ll act. Using a telephoto lens or long zoom enables her to shoot from outside their personal space but keep the feeling of intimacy in the shot she's taking.
There’s nothing like a blinding flash of light in the eyes to sometimes kill a moment. If possible (and it’s not always) Rebecca willattempt to photograph without the flash when aiming for candid shots. When in lower light situations she will increase her cameras ISO setting, use a faster lens, or open up her aperture. Using one of these skills, or a combination of these helps her to blend into the background of your event a little more when needed.
When you shoot multiple images quickly of a person you can sometimes get some surprising and spontaneous shots that you may not have got if you shot just one. For her event photography Rebecca will often switch her camera to continuous shooting mode and shoot in bursts of images and in doing so increases her chances of that perfect shot at your event.
Rebecca positions herself strategically. While candid event photography is about capturing the spontaneity of a moment and getting that perfect shot at the right split second of time, Rebecca finds that if you think ahead and anticipate what is about to unfold in front of you that you can greatly increase the chances of getting some great shots. So at an event she will get to the venue early and think about what will happen during the event and where will be best for her to stand to capture each moment. She considers which way people will be facing, what they will be doing, what the light will be like. Thinking through these issues ensures that she gets the best out of her event photography and that you are happy with your final images.
Rebecca has found that in event photography, images of people doing things tend to be much more interesting than people sitting or standing passively doing nothing. For one, her subject will be focussed upon something which adds energy to a photo (and takes their focus off her as a photographer) but it also puts them in context and adds an element of story to the image.
An event is often about the interaction between people. Something very interesting happens when you photograph more than one person in an image at a time – it introduces relationship into the shot. Even if the people in the shot are not really interacting it can add depth and a sense of story into the viewing of the image. Rebecca uses this in her event photography.
Rebecca uses different angles in her event photography. She will crouch down, get up high, frame her shots on an angle, zoom in close and then quickly zoom out to a wide angle, break the rules of composition etc and adds a new perspective to her event photography shots which ensures that your event looks fresh and interesting.