Natalie (Stranger #22/100), London Soho

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    This weekend seems like it's going to stand as the start of spring in the UK. I spent it shooting with bomvu. Part one was a great model shoot that Colin organised with the fantastically talented Saffron - photos to follow. Part two's Strangers session was less successful; I think at one point we were 6-0 in terms of rejections...

    It was late on with the sun dipping behind rooftops that Natalie and Andy put an end to that ghastly losing streak.

    They're a fantastic couple, with tonnes of good humour and stage presence. Andy was visiting Natalie, down from Scotland for the weekend.

    Andy's holding the reflector in this one, with fill from an on camera softbox. In the comments there's a close up with the flash dialled down. Things were pretty rushed; by the time we'd met the shadows were visibly closing across the street. With no background at hand and two foot beam of sunlight I figured a powerful backlight was a neat way of catching the summery vibe to the evening.

    This is portrait #22 of my 100 Strangers Project - check out the group page and get involved.

    I_am_Allan, RémyCosne, Andy Watson1, and 84 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. sheepeck 13 months ago | reply

      Simply beautiful. I was aware of using of reflector but didn't realised usage of fill flash. Nicely done.

    2. The Urban Scot 13 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous light..this is excellent use of ambient and flash!

    3. < Nick Friend > 12 months ago | reply

      Great light and I really like your framing, very nicely done.

    4. disgruntledbaker1 12 months ago | reply

      Such a lovely subject here and an amazing portrait. The light and bokeh are just perfect.

    5. Ania.Photography - travelling 12 months ago | reply

      love the light, beautiful portrait work Matthiew ! Best wishes.

    6. Poupetta aka Ann 12 months ago | reply

      The light is totally and utterly mesmerizing and keeps drawing me into it...
      I've just this very instant found your photo stream and I am enchanted to see this first photo on top. Exciting !

    7. Haider Λli 12 months ago | reply

      Incredible portraiture.
      Love it... I must say, this project of yours is spectacular, it'll be a masterpiece when it hits 100th shot.
      following your work.
      Best of luck.

    8. J. Javier Nerín. 12 months ago | reply

      Powerful look, and I like this reflexion her eyes.Like the contrast in the second one, too.
      Have a nice weekend!

    9. Shahriar Shahidi 12 months ago | reply

      Strong composition. And please feel free to look at my photostream Matthew

    10. The Shiba 12 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful girl. It's the first shot for me with it's warm tones.

    11. lavagrant 12 months ago | reply

      beautiful compo

    12. osvaldoeaf 12 months ago | reply

      Marvelous portrait and light! I'm back, my friend! Sorry to have stayed away so long! Hope you still consider me as a contact! How've you been doing!?

    13. Somersaulting Giraffe 12 months ago | reply

      Amazing Capture!
      Beautiful Eyes.

    14. k4♥wea 12 months ago | reply

      Love the light and warm tones in the main image, great bokeh too.

    15. Raph/D 12 months ago | reply

      Your 100 strangers project is brilliant.

    16. einarsoyland 12 months ago | reply

      The colours, light and tones in this one is spot on, everything "clicked"
      Also great eye contact and nice bokeh, I really like this one

      How many no's do you get before you get a yes?
      Just curious :)

    17. LigiaIsabelLC 12 months ago | reply

      Terrific lighting, love the golden tones.

    18. Laureos 11 months ago | reply

      A gorgeous girl, a beautiful soft smile, and excellent light and a great background... Love this portrait !

    19. fragglerocks 11 months ago | reply

      I like both of these, you do know how to pick them!

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