Dade Freeman
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Portfolio building and training day

Teaching is something I get a real kick out of, and on a recent portfolio building day I got to educate a bunch of keen photographers as they snapped away.

Andy Paul had attended a previous workshop and decided he wanted to put his own workshop together for a group of like minded people - models and photographers - to get together and create some stunning images for their portfolios.

The photoshoot took place in Adastra hall in Hassocks and was arranged completely by Andy. Knowing it was going to be a big shoot Andy brought in Richard Paice and myself to help teach and get some shots for our own portfolio, which we often don't get the chance to do when we organise these events. Experienced in running these events, I know the amount of effort and time it takes to get everything co-ordinated, so for Andy's first event I think he did a fantastic job. It was nice to attend without the stress of putting it together, which, as I said, allowed me to focus on helping those unfamiliar with photographing models, using lights, working outdoors or just using their cameras.

Andy had managed to get 10 models together for the 20 photographers to photograph. The models on the day were:- 

The models as usual were professional, accommodating and took direction well, which is what you want from a model.

The amazing hair stylist & makeup artist for the day was Toni Todd 

All the clothing was supplied by Louise O'Mahony, you can access her online range below -  
Oh My Honey - 50’s style clothinghttp://ohmyhoney.bigcartel.com/products
LOMStore - Luxury Lycra and Pom Pom Paradise!! Perfect festival and party wear for the avant garde - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LOMstore

Andy had organised 5 shooting areas - 
1. Hi Key - 9’x8’ Lastolite Hilite with Bowens strobes and Large Diffusers.
2. 1st Low Key - black backdrop with continuos lighting. 
3. 2nd Low Key - black backdrop with continuos lighting.
4. Themed set room from the 50’s.
5. A space outside to use natural light.

All the images below were taken with the Fuji X-T1 using the XF50-140 F2.8 or the XF56 F1.2R lenses.


Dade Freeman is a Brighton photographer creating portraits and fine art images for commercial and personal use.