Shoot what you love…

Shoot what you love… That’s what they tell you. Someone told me it when I first started shooting. I’m not sure who told me that, maybe it was one of my lecturers, maybe someone else. Come to think of it, maybe I just read it somewhere. I’m really not sure, but that’s not the point…

In my day to day life, throughout the years I have worked with hundreds of models and actors etc, capturing their portrait. But as much as I have enjoyed every single shoot, my very favourite person to photograph is my wife Emma. I think a lot of it is because, obviously, I now her so well. I already have a connection with and I already know what will work really well and what might not work so well. I think comfort comes into play here too. I’m comfortable enough to ask Emma to do anything for a shoot and she’s comfortable enough with me to do it. It instantly knocks down boundaries. She has seen, and lived with my frustration first hand when I haven’t quite got the “the shot”. She understands how much it plays on my mind, how much it bothers me. That’s why I think she’s always patient with me while I’m shooting her. She understands I have a vision for the aesthetic of the shot, and she’ll work tirelessly to make sure we achieve it.

I bet if I had to pick the favourite 50 portraits I’ve ever taken, at least half (and probably more) would be of Emma. She has soaked herself in fake blood, hung around town centres at 2.00am, got drunk and even pretended to murder me, all for the sake of my photography. The most recent shots I took of her, are the ones above – taken on a rare sunny afternoon. The ‘Model’ t shirt is really apt, as I’m pretty sure she’s probably been photographed a lot more than a lot of professional models.

I already can’t wait for our next shoot…

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Self Portraits – Morning

I was asked recently to produce a small set of self portraits. I decided to take five photographs of my morning routine.

The image above is the second photograph – you can see the whole series on my website by clicking here.

Over the last year or so I’ve taken more self portraits than ever before – Previously it was always something I tried to avoid but as I’ve grown older it’s something I’ve embraced – perhaps it is connected to fatherhood and a realization of mortality?

Updates…

The above photograph was taken last month and it’s from a shoot for ‘Carnival’ with model Hollie Chekov.

We shot it in a large manor house just outside Kidderminster and I’ll be uploading the photos to my site very soon.

Speaking of which my site has undergone a dramatic change (I thought it was about time) and hopefully now the galleries and information are easier to view on all devices including iPhones and iPads.

Please take a look and let me know what you think…

www.carlbeebee.com

Thanks,

Carl.

Jewellery Photo Shoot & News

Sorry about the lack of posts recently – I had a new computer arrive and as always it’s taken an age to get everything sorted…

The shot above is from a shoot last week for ‘Julia Smith Jewellery’ the model is Laura Ding. I got loads of shots from the shoot with some really cool fine art concept pieces which I’ll edit and upload very soon…

Last month I officially became a ‘Snap My Life’ ambassador. Snap My Life is really cool site for anyone to upload and share their pics. You can check out my ambassadorial profile page here.

Lots of shoots coming up and I promise I’ll try and blog on here a little more often.

Thanks very much reading. x

More Negatives…

Had a spare couple of days this week so I’ve been scanning in (yet more) old negatives.

Found some pretty cool ones, including this one above which was taken in Woolacombe Bay, around 2002 I think.

I’ll try and post some more as I come across ones I like…

Legs

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‘Legs’ is a series of images I completed a few weeks ago with the model Nicki Adam.

You can view the whole series by clicking here.

I’ve been interested in doing this project for a few years, ever since I shot ‘The Absent Murder Of The Mind’

I’ve said in previous posts that I like exploring the idea of anonymous portraits, where the face is hidden or not included. I spoke with Nicki about this, whom I’ve worked with for several years, and we decided to create this series. All of the photographs were shot in my house with very small lighting rigs.

Click here to see the full series ‘Legs’ 2011.