Saturday, 23 September 2017

My Boudoir Photography Interview

Model: October Divine. Make-up: Sarah Elliott.


My Boudoir Photography is Nicola Grimshaw-Mitchell. Nicola specializes in classic pinup and boudoir photography. 

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?

Nicola Grimshaw-Mitchell: I studied biochemistry and chose photography as part of my modular degree - I turned professional in 2000 when I started shooting weddings.

Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers that inspired your work when you first started?

NGM: I've always loved Jeff Ascough's wedding work and also Cecil Beaton. I loved all theold silver screen actresses and was slightly obsessed with Bette Davis!


Model: Evie Wolfe. Make-up: Sarah Elliott.

Sinical Magazine: What type of camera equipment do you use?

NGM: I use a Canon Mark 2.

Sinical Magazine: What type of lenses or focal length do you prefer for portrait work?

NGM: I use a fairly wide angle zoom lens as I like to work really quickly and I prefer 2.8 or lower.


 Model: October Divine. Make-up: Sarah Elliott.

Sinical Magazine: When creating a composition what is your main focus?

NGM: Always the eyes! Although depending on the image sometimes the lips or boobs!

Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a shoot?

NGM: I tend to let my models influence my direction somewhat. If I have a particular theme that requires special lingerie or outfits/props then I get designers on board as soon as I can - most of preparation is done the morning of the shoot - setting up and scouting round for props!


Model: October Divine. Make-up: Sarah Elliott.

Sinical Magazine: Do you work with speedlights or continuous lighting?

NGM: I've always used continuous lighting. It just suits my work flow although I do find it limiting sometimes especially with gels and modifiers.

Sinical Magazine: What are some lighting set ups that you like to use?

NGM: I love a hard key light with softer side lighting. To be honest, I change my lighting set-ups so many times during the shoot that I don't have a favorite!


Model: Ava Castle. Make-up: Sarah Elliott.

Sinical Magazine: Does music inspire your work? What do you listen to?

NGM: Ha ha! I'm known for my eclectic taste in music and often find myself apologizing when something really uncool comes on my iPod! My fave is Disco and dance music from all eras - as long as its got a funky beat I'm all over it!

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to models or other photographers?

NGM: I'm often confused by some photographer's inattention to detail. A bulging stocking top can ruin a photo for me! Time-keeping and good manners maketh the model!

Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting that’s happened during one of your photo shoots?

NGM: I always love it when I involve my French Bulldogs in my model shoots - they're so cute and well behaved, especially if treats are involved!

Sinical Magazine: Do you have one tip that you would recommend to any aspiring photographer?

NGM: Practice, practice till your fingers bleed! It takes a long time to get to a good level and you need to keep pushing yourself all the time.


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