Last Sunday was spent again in Riverhead Forest with Sven, friend and regular shooting buddy from Bokeh-Monster, and new acquaintance and excellent Auckland model Rose Halfpenny. I was primarily there to help Sven out with his portrait shoot and review of a new Fuji Lens (review and his pictures here), but managed to sneak in a few shots of my own towards the end once the hard work had been done - holding reflectors and water bottles, scouting around the forest for good shooting spots, and taking some 'behind the scenes' pics for Sven! We chose this location as we had fun here last year exploring around taking some landscape and forest shots, and surprisingly we found our way easily back to the same location again, through some bushes off the entry road, across a stream and up a hill!
Rose is a professional model (and midget speedway driver!) and was very obliging in trying out the different locations and poses we suggested. The theme for the shoot created by Sven was a 'lifestyle' type hiking shoot, similar perhaps to what you would see in advertising for Kathmandu or Macpac (as seen in our props!). We had good fun using the varying light in the forest, looking for interesting spots, sun patches and shadows. I've personally tried to aim for a more 'cinematic' look than the typical clean commercial advertising shots, which is more to my liking and hopefully worked out okay!