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Behind The Glass | Sabrina Lee Hammon Installation @ Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge

I was kindly referred to work with the fabulous Sabrina Lee Hammon earlier this summer. Sabrina is a super talented set designer, prop maker and artist at her company BEHIND THE GLASS which focuses on window displays and in-store installations. She has been commissioned to display her striking work in a collection of high end stores across London, among many other exciting creative projects!

She was looking to get some photographs taken of one of her recent installations at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge store, and I was really pleased to come in to photograph her work.

I found it so interesting to photograph these geometric pieces around the shop floor. As I moved around the pieces with my camera it was gorgeous to watch the shapes move around each other, black lines and sharp corners slotting together, creating pleasing compositions!

From the images you will see below, she designed and made the black & grey geometric panels and birds, all headwear seen on the mannequins & matching accessories, gold feather wrist cuffs, the black textured fabric arm piece and the AMAZING black feather jacket.

I was also commissioned by Harvey Nichols to photograph their new shoe department and a menswear installation on another floor at the flagship store which you take a peek at here.

You can check out Sabrinas sketches for this concept here, alongside some of her other installations and window displays. You can also keep up to date with what Sabrina is up to over on twitter, or check out her inspiration at her Pinterest here.

I received this wonderful testimonial from Sabrina shortly after she received her images

Becky is a FANTASTIC photographer !!! She is extremely talented, I would highly recommend her for any shoot. She is versatile, knowledgeable and efficient.

Her play on perspective and lighting in her work allows her to creates beautiful and timeless images.

Becky photographed my installation at Harvey Nichols and ended up photographing multiple displays in store, I was delighted with the final pictures and so was Harvey Nichols.

Self Portrait Shoot

I was meant to be meeting up with my gorgeous friend Stephanie this week, and thought it would be fun to come up with some ideas for a shoot that we could both dress up for and do together. I started by looking through my wardrobe for inspiration, for what might see in a different light that would work in the pictures. I quickly realised I had quite a lot of weird stuff that I never really wear that would be interesting! Sequinned jackets and dresses, and other interesting bits I've picked up cheap in charity shops and vintage stores but not really worn.

I decided to do a bit of mooching online to get some more inspiration… I only just started using Pinterest, and while browsing on someones Board I got linked to an amazing website (The Photography Link) where I discovered a whole load of wonderful fashion shoots that inspired me even more!

I found so many reference images, and the idea for the shoot sort of transformed… I suddenly had a surge of more concepts for our pictures… Don't you love getting new ideas from that creative place inside us! Take a look at my Pintrest board for this shoot here.

Unfortunately on the day we weren't able to get together, but as I was already set up for the shoot and totally in the right state for it, I decided to do it by myself!

It was really different for me because I usually work outdoors (and photograph somebody else) but it was fun to play around and take my time with ideas. I used natural light for the whole shoot.

As I said, the idea for this shoot was originally created with Stephanie in mind… I would never have done this or even had some of these ideas if I hadn't had somebody else in mind who I thought would be perfect for this look.

Most of the clothes I picked out initially didn't even end up getting worn in the shoot, and actually acted as a starting point for inspiration.

I probably would have felt a bit stupid doing all this make-up and posing by myself, but I wouldn't want my model to feel stupid, so why should I let myself think like that?

You never know what ideas could you come up with or comfort zones could you break out of if you let go of the end result sometimes and allowed yourself to let the ideas come to you organically!!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Christmas :)

One extra photo on Flickr that didn't fit into these sets here!

Creative photo shoot!

At the end of July I did an awesome creative shoot with my friends Johnny Colbert and Jenna Nicholls.

Johnny studies Photography and Film at University and has started making films of photo shoots! We knew we had to work together with our skills in some way, so organised a shoot with Jenna, where we could bring our different talents and passions together. He was interning at Shoot Me Studios in Berkhamstead at the time, and the lovely Cynthia who is the main photographer there also came along to shoot and hang out!

Jenna has been doing promotional modelling for 5 years around the South East of England is currently with Models Direct and extrafactory. If you want to get in touch with her regarding modelling, email her at jennanicholls@hotmail.co.uk.

So the week before our shoot, the amazing Brooke Shaden was featured on [FRAMED], where she was asked about her work, and viewers also got the chance to see a video of the process of how she takes her composite self portraits. You HAVE to watch this amazing interview and self portrait shoot with Brooke if you havent already! I've been following her work for a long time now and am always amazed by her consistently unique and often unsettling concepts and strong editing style.

I was really hoping to find out more about how she creates her magical levitation images that I have been so mesmerised by, but she didn't give that much away!

Just watching the video, I felt so inspired to see if I could do it. I've been wanting to try it out for sooooo long! It couldn't be that tricky?! I came up with a concept for a levitation image, and put the idea forward to my friends for our shoot...

Although we used a few different outfits on the day, the dress featured in these photos is a £1000 vintage, pure lace wedding dress that Jenna and Johnny spotted in their local Oxfam. We were able to hire it for just £20!!

Here are my two favourite photos from our time together... I'm so happy with them!

This is the texture I used over the images to give it a subtle grainy feel, I feel that this editing style is also partly inspired by Brookes work.

I was so glad that we set this shoot up and couldn't wait to get home and start playing around with the photos I took, and do something a bit different to usual, and was looking forward to seeing what Johnny would come up with from the footage he had taken. You can see his films from the day by clicking on the snapshots below!

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