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Jamie x Summer

I love testing with new faces, and so when Jamie approached me on instagram suggesting we do a shoot, I jumped at the chance. I have recently been enjoying the fluidity of shooting outdoors on location, and using the natural light around me. It’s a great change from being in the studio and having to tweat light until I am competely satisfied with it, and it keeps me on my toes in terms of observation.

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I had one of my favourite and most trusted makeup artists, Jyoti,  on board. Luckily, she is also a stylist, so I didn’t have to worry about wardrobe. Sometimes I can get by and put looks together, but often I am just bluffing and a proper stylist can get the job done much quicker.

I’m not incredibly fashionable myself. Haha.

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Jamie was fabulous to work with, I can’t beleive she’s only just finished high school. We shot really fast, as she didn’t need to warm up at all and just got straight into delivering brialliant frames. She was able to emote really well, as was so in tune with her body shapes and positions, so the shoot flew by.

We also snuck in some winter looks at the end- can you tell it was actually really warm weather?


Photographer: Steph Doran
Model: Jamie Fowler @ Brazen
HMUA/ Stylist: Jyoti Chandra

Harley Visits The Studio

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It’s not often that I photograph animals, but recently this very handsome pooch visited my studio for a portrait sitting (owner in tow, of course.) The aim was to capture some shots of Harley, for her owner to keep as a memento.

Harely was very excited to come in to the studio, but not so keen to go on the background paper.

Here are some of the shots that we captured. What a cute pup!

If you would like me to photograph your pup too, don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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Dogs Keep Us Grounded

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Last minute edit. Luckily dogs help give us gravity!
PHOTOG || Myself
HAIR || Serena Martin
WARDROBE || Shirley Fracture
WARDROBE ASSIST || Debra Nicholl
SHOES || Preston Zly

Shooting With Lorin

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Last week I had the pleasure of capturing some new head shots for model/actress Lorin Kauffeld. The aim was to capture some portraits that actually looked like Lorin, so that when she went into castings, she resembled her head shot. Makeup, lighting, and even lens choice can greatly affect how a person is depicted in a photograph, so we paid special attention to detail to make sure that the shots were flattering, but still true to life. Luckily, Lorin is a gorgeous girl (both in terms of looks and personality), so that outcome wasn’t too difficult to achieve.

We tried a few different looks, to give variety, and to offer a range of appearances. I kept my lighting very simple, and not too shadowy, so as to show the features of the face well. I think that the final shots look great, so hopefully they result in some auditions and gigs for Loren. She’s going to be super famous some day soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Need a new headshot?

Whether its for your comp card, model book, or just LinkedIn, don’t be afraid to get in touch. I love receiving emails from blog readers :)

S xx

Photographing Kidlets

I had the pleasure of photographing Callum and Lailey in my studio a while ago. This was my first time creating props especially for use with portraiture, which was a lot of fun, but also very time consuming! I constructed cacti and clouds from cardboard, and assembled a collection of props for the day.

I wanted to capture the personalities of the kids, but shoot and retouch the images in a similar style to how I approach my fashion work. I think the final images turned out well, and the parents really liked the results! But most of all, the kids had such a great time. They were so patient and excited to be in front of the camera. They both also took direction well. You may notice some siblings in there too, who were slightly more camera shy :)

To book a portrait session (with custom built props) don’t hesitate to get in touch through www.stephdoran.com