Natalie (Stranger #22/100), London Soho

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.

  • Nick Friend PRO 2y

    Great light and I really like your framing, very nicely done.
  • disgruntledbaker1 2y

    Such a lovely subject here and an amazing portrait. The light and bokeh are just perfect.
  • Ania.Photography - OFF PRO 2y

    love the light, beautiful portrait work Matthiew ! Best wishes.
  • Poupetta PRO 2y

    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 !
  • Haider Ali 2y

    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.
  • j. javier 2y

    Powerful look, and I like this reflexion her eyes.Like the contrast in the second one, too.
    Have a nice weekend!
  • Shahriar Shahidi 2y

    Strong composition. And please feel free to look at my photostream Matthew
  • The Shiba PRO 2y

    What a beautiful girl. It's the first shot for me with it's warm tones.
  • lavagrant 2y

    beautiful compo
  • Osvaldo Eaf 2y

    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!?
  • Aamena Akhtar 2y

    Amazing Capture!
    Beautiful Eyes.
  • k4♥wea PRO 2y

    Love the light and warm tones in the main image, great bokeh too.
  • Raphaël PRO 2y

    Your 100 strangers project is brilliant.
  • Einar Søyland PRO 2y

    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 :)
  • H. Eisenreich Foto 2y

    fantastic light
  • LigiaIsabelLC 2y

    Terrific lighting, love the golden tones.
  • Laure PRO 2y

    A gorgeous girl, a beautiful soft smile, and excellent light and a great background... Love this portrait !
  • fragglerocks 2y

    I like both of these, you do know how to pick them!
  • SnapCandy 7mo

    Stunning portrait. The background is perfect, and the backlighting divine.
  • S&F PRO 3mo

    beautiful light
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Taken on April 6, 2013
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