PHOTOGRAPHING THE PHOTOGRAPHER BY MONALISA CHUKWUMA

PHOTOGRAPHING THE PHOTOGRAPHER BY MONALISA CHUKWUMA

Great photographs are not taken, they’re given. FRED R. CONRAD Last week, I had a one to one with Bruce Smith, the talented and inspirational fashion photographer, whose 30 year career has given us some breathtaking images. Our day began with us photographing each other. The great thing for me about photographing another photographer is that there is understanding and immediate trust, which means that in seconds I am able to concentrate on photographing the connection, the feeling and the interior story, which are what I love about portraiture. I love it when there is an immediate connection between me and the sitter. It relaxes me and allows me to concentrate on the emotion. Photographing Bruce was a real delight. As his student, there was a moment of nerves at the beginning of the shoot. But looking through my shutter, he had a vulnerability that hit me between the eyes and gave me access to the real man.  From that moment, he was no longer Bruce Smith. He was a real man with great presence, who just happens to be a talented photographer, who just happens to be sitting for me, who just happens to be responding to my directions and who just happens to look amazing. So I let go of the nerves, and I allowed my eyes and my shutter to start telling my story. His expressions spoke volumes. His body language was warm. There was so much to translate and my eyes and my heart were in constant negotiation with my head about what I want to share with the viewer.  Bruce is very strong and determined...
A FINE ART WEDDING SHOOT AT ‘THE MALL’, LONDON BY MONALISA

A FINE ART WEDDING SHOOT AT ‘THE MALL’, LONDON BY MONALISA

The marriage of the exquisite ‘Swanlake’ dress by Amanda Wyatt, the sumptuous setting of Karen Brost Whyte’s house, so rich in charm and classical elegance and the stunning and adorable models was so breathtaking, magical and so pick-your-jaw-up-off-the-floor beautiful that I felt utterly enchanted, and found myself composing a Hollywood love story in my head during this shoot. There were moments during the shoot that I could hear the crescendo of Craig Armstrong’s score to Romeo and Juliet’s Balcony scene in my head. It was MAGICAL! The following pictures capture some of the wonderful moments from this magical day. “… No sooner met but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved; no sooner loved but they sighed; no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason; no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage” AS YOU LIKE IT – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE   “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine …” SONG OF SOLOMON     A stunning wedding dress by AMANDA WYATT         I am totally in love with this romantic wedding dress by Amanda Wyatt. It’s called ‘Swanlake’. The only way to describe this stunning dress is to call it what it truly is – an exquisite work of art. This strapless, ivory tulle dress is made with over 1,600 hand-sewn tulle pieces to create its dramatic skirt. How much passion and work has gone into this unique piece!   “I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. No … not...

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