“Hi Paul, the photos look amazing! You have actually managed to make me look relatively attractive. Ha Ha.”

A request to help my friend Mel with a studio shoot with two guys from the local gym gave me a chance to try out my new lens – Sigma 70-200 f/2.8.  It’s quite a big, heavy monster of a lens and I’m loving it so far. The quality and sharpness is everything I could hope for.

The two men arrived for the shoot. For Jordan and Paul it was their first time is a photography studio, so they were a little apprehensive. Mel quickly put them at ease and I set about helping with the lights and backdrops. We used three studio lights for these shots – one from the front and two giving rim lighting from the back.

I think there’s a temptation with male models sometimes to expect them to look ‘cool’. I saw a comment on a photography forum just this week where a photographer said that he didn’t like to see men smiling in photos as it didn’t look right. I disagree. I actually think it can work well when you allow the natural personality to show rather than the photographer always dictating a certain ‘look’. With Jordan (pictured below) the photos that I liked the most were ones where he was smiling. When I sent them to him after the shoot he wrote back to say how happy he was with them.  Job done.

I’ll post some of his mate Paul later.

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Photographing Jordan, by Paul Jones

Photographing Jordan, by Paul Jones

Photographing Jordan, by Paul Jones

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