March 2014

Vintage Fashion Portrait Photography

Sarah Barnes Photographer Cardiff Sarah Barnes Photographer Cardiff Sarah Barnes PhotographyUsing the Victorian era as my theme for these vintage fashion portrait images, I hired dresses from Marigold Costumes in Cardiff and commissioned florist Tracy Bell, from The Flower Lodge in Rhiwbina Village, to make a variety headbands with real flowers.

I have been wanting to photograph the model for a long time and was so grateful when she said she was happy to be in front of my camera.  A keen photographer herself we managed to come up with a few different ideas as we went along.  My initial sketchbook for the shoot contained inspiration from Italian artist Titti Garelli and hand tinted photographs from the Victorian era.  As usual the concept shifted during the shoot as it does most of the time.  One images can enable a complete turn around, far from what was planned.  I have lots to do but the idea is for a fine art type composite using some full length images from today’s shoot, in addition to the portraits.

Inspirational Women on International Women’s Day

It was International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8th 2014.  The notion for the movement is to ‘Inspire Change’ for more women’s involvement and voice, in many different frontiers of society.  With may events going on throughout the World, I had my own little inspiring women’s day with two wonderful women volunteering to be my models.  The sun was actually shining (this is rare in Wales) and so with my cameras packed to the beautiful forests and parks I trod … in my wellies of course.

I wanted to style the two shoots differently one more fresh and contemporary and the other with a bohemian and vintage edge.  My models were the catalyst for these ideas, the styling of which I knew would better reflect their own personalities.

Sarah Barnes Photography portrait

Sarah Barnes Photography portrait

Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood

Eli Jenkins 2am Under Milk Wood with Dylan Thomas

Eli Jenkins from Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood marked the last diorama for my project for the forthcoming group exhibition in Cardiff Castle and Swansea Museum.  Blurry eyed (I could no longer manually focus my camera) and with vats of Colombian coffee swilling my belly … I called it a night!

The morning light however made me think about adding maybe 2 more characters to set, even though the deadline was today!  Maybe Mrs Dai Bread 1 & 2 and No Good Boyo ahh so many to choose from!  If I spent a year on this project I’m not sure I would get all 60 odd characters done from the play.

The image below gives you an idea of the Under Milk Wood set which is made from paper, sellotape and glue and placed on table length ways in front of the camera.  It looks a bit mish-mash, however each item serves a purpose to highlight the main character including DVD cases to give some height to the gravestones … very high tech!  The transformation from the uninspiring reality to the final image, is dependent on camera settings and the use of a single moving light source aka a £1.50 torch from IKEA!  It is amazing what paper, craft knife, a good story, hair pulling frustration, a camera, a few paper cut fingers and a deadline can do.  Thank you Dylan Thomas for your inspiring words.

Sarah Barnes - Under Milk Wood

Sarah Barnes – Under Milk Wood

Eli Jenkins Set for Under Milk Wood

Eli Jenkins Set for Under Milk Wood