At Talk Urbex we have many photographers with talents outside of urban exploration photography. This monthly feature showcases the work of our forum members in recognition of this.
This month we feature a London photographer, whose creativity and images have won her many awards including the prestigious title of Professional Photographer of the Year 2009. Let’s find out more about fashion photographer Rebecca Litchfield, forum member ‘Day Of The Dead’…..
I use a Canon 5Diii body, previously to this I owned a Canon 5Di
24mm ii 1.4
16 – 35mm
Canon 580EXii Flashgun although I rarely use it, I much prefer natural light
Manfrotto 190CX3 with 327RC2 head, which is fantastic for getting those weird angles as its on a ball head.
Lowepro DSLR Video Fast Pack AW 350, which is a great all rounder bag
Bowens Travel pack and Bowens Gemini Flash heads
I try to keep my techniques as simple as possible when shooting fashion. I do a lot of work in studio, using a large soft box to one side, high up and pointing down at the model and then one to the side slightly back lighting for a hair light and then one pointing straight at the back drop. I tend to use a storm grey paper as for me, it’s more what you put in front of the camera that is important, with a grey backdrop you can always add tones to the background to change it, it’s such a good neutral colour to work with.
My style of fashion photography is very avant guard, creative and conceptual. There is great importance for me to create amazing makeup and hair and choose awesome fashion to compliment, this is what I normally work on with a large team of creatives, to include, hair & makeup artists and fashion stylists. Hair and makeup often takes up most of the day and shooting can take as little as and hour.
I also love shooting on location, which is more unpredictable, but its always more of an adventure. I have great memories shooting a model in Westpark asylum and getting caught by security when she had fire coming from her fingers and a smoke machine blowing smoke all around her, dressed like the devil.
Most of the work for me comes before the shoot in planning the team, how I want each shoot to look and fashion editorial work is about creating a story, so I storyboard each shot and see how the images will work together. Pushing the camera button at the end of it all is pretty easy, I have my camera set to iso 100, shutter 125 and 11 aperture. The most important thing to me is the idea and the vision to create a unique story that will showcase the fashion and hopefully make the viewer buy into the beauty of the clothes.
So, a little bit about me.
My name is Rebecca Litchfield, I have lived in South London my whole life, I live with my husband Danny and black cat, Lestat.
I have been a professional photographer for 6 years, I started work as a portrait photographer at a well known studio in London for a couple for a couple of years, I then studied my masters degree at The London College of Fashion, before taking the plunge and becoming fully freelance photographer. I mainly shoot celebrity, editorial, commercial photography and weddings. I have shot clients such as Katie Melua, Carl Cox, Beefeater 24 Gin, Weleda, Charbon London and Quartet Books and shot magazines such as Sunday Times Culture, Stylist, Scene, Chaos, Faceon, Sublime, amongst others.
In 2010 I won Professional Photographer Magazines Professional Photographer of the Year 2009, which has been quite a big achievement for me as it was some of my most creative and conceptual images that won me the title.
I’ve recently found a love in taking photos of abandoned buildings, I have been lucky to visit and photograph many sites in the Uk and Europe over the last couple of months. I have started a Flickr page and I’m totally loving my new hobby, I have met some great people so far and look forward to meeting many more. I’m travelling to Chernobyl in October and will be speaking about the trip at Focus on Imaging at the NEC next year in March, it is also the first chapter of a book, I am beginning work on, so things are all quite exciting.
Three things that you didn’t know about me..?
1. I am obsessed with blood (so if I cut myself exploring, there will be no crying from me)
2. I am really dark at heart, I am a lover of black, tattoos, taxidermy, everything gothic, skulls and horror films and yet I am obsessed with pretty things like roses, cupcakes and pink, I was once described as ‘Romantically Dark’
3. I am a technophobe. I know this can sound like a problem to a photographer but things like apertures, shutters speeds and ISO really baffled me when I first fell in love with photography, the creative side always came first and then I force myself to learn all the geeky stuff, I get there in the end, but equipment and how to keep an urbex photo straight terrify me ha ha.
A big thank you to Rebecca for sharing her images and an insight into her work.
Please check out the links below to see more of Rebecca’s awesome images…..