Delicate Spring was the theme for the recent Conceptual Portraiture Masterclass hosted by Natalie Field Photography at the GBP Studio in January. The conceptual portraiture masterclass is an intense, full day workshop focused on creating narratives within your imagery.
Delicate Spring is an ethereal fashion story capture by Natalie Field Photography.
We considered practical approaches to brainstorming, planning, sourcing, posing, creative lighting and compositing. The event also featured a live demonstration during which I created the images in the ethereal fashion editorial Delicate Spring.
Delicate Spring is a story of reincarnation: an illustration of loss, the transient spirit, and rebirth. The transmigration of the soul has become a recurring theme in my work, and with this particular series I wanted to focus on the effects of conflict, war and death; which inevitably results in the dawn of something new, a rebirth. The idea that from turmoil will grow something new that will transcend to a superior state of being.
The images were created by combining my two favourite in-camera photographic techniques: multiple- and long-exposure. Working with movement and a bright colour palette assisted in producing images that feel like you have stepped into a vivid dream.
For styling I worked with a mix of bohemian fashion supplied by the Brand Institute paired with vintage South African army uniforms and other war memorabilia kindly loaned from Kedar Heritage House. I added an array of Spring flowers to point towards the idea new beginnings. The subtle introduction of yellow and green tones in the eye-shadow by our amazing make-up artist Tris Alves also added to the fresh Spring feel in the shoot. Our lithe model Sarah Forsyth’s movements and ethereal look brought all the elements together for the perfect capture.
Capture & Copyright | Natalie Field Photography
Photographic Assistant | Mamaki Rakotsoana
Fashion | Lace Dresses from Brand Institute
Props | War Memorabilia from Kedar
MUAH | Tris Alves
Model | Sarah Forsyth
Sponsors | Vanguard
Studio | GBP Studio