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Atiti Sosimi © stephen cotterell photography  13033

Atiti – Portrait of a Mysterious, Creative Entrepreneur

After seeing some of my earlier portrait work for a couple of people she knew, Atiti commissioned me to create a series of portraits showing aspects of her personality, creativity and business in a way that had not (yet) been seen by the world.

Atiti is a not only creative (she designs and manufactures fashion clothing, footwear and accessories) but she is great fun to photograph, making my task enjoyable and our photoshoot memorable.

Using my pop-up studio facilities, we specifically created this particular portrait of Atiti to suggest something about her mystery.

Do not hesitate to get in touch when you’d like your business personality portrait created by me.

Thank you

Stephen

stephen cotterell photography associates

photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693

 

p.s. Please revisit soon because you will discover a couple of very different portraits plus details of how to find out more about Atiti’s creative fashion work.

 

  • Atiti IzogieMay 20, 2015 - 1:56 PM

    Stephen, you’re too kind! Many thanks for bringing your creative genius to a brilliant day. :-)ReplyCancel

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Sarah on a Bench © stephen cotterell photographyA couple of years ago I discovered the work of an American Wedding Photographer called Ryan Brenizer. He has invented a way to create astonishingly beautiful portraits with his DSLR camera. Technically speaking he managed to create “impossible” depth of field in his images. Curious about how he and his method works I purchased his video training and ploughed my way through it.

In no time it became clear to me that in order for me to be able to apply his technique, I needed to raise my digital darkroom game. After becoming an accomplished student of Photoshop I was ready. So, few days ago, I asked for a volunteer to help me to put my Brenizer knowledge into practice. Fortunately, Sarah, a friend and client was happy to help out.

Without going into too much detail about how the method works (obviously Ryan Brenizer is the expert on this and, for the curious, his video is available online at http://ryanbrenizer.com/videos/) a large number of individual images were combined and edited on my computer. The complete process was very time consuming but well worth it, I hope that you agree!

Sarah head in hand © stephen cotterell photography
The photographs above are just two examples from our photoshoot. We went on to create more, having fun with different poses, looks and backgrounds.

Maybe you are curious about the difference between the results of this method and existing photographs of you?

Get in touch when you’d like to experience having your portrait done by an experienced, skilful and creative photographer.

Thank you

 

Stephen

stephen cotterell photography associates

photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693

  • Sarah Kiwan KingMay 14, 2015 - 8:17 AM

    Stephen Cotterell thank you!! You are such a fabulous photographer and know exactly how to create amazing and creative results. It was a great experience and you are lots of fun to work with :)This would be a great idea for other clients wanting to achieve something more unique by way of a portrait (imo) 😉 xReplyCancel

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Telling stories about the lives of business people, creative people and people just like you because your story is more important now and in the future

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Composite Angel © stephen cotterell photography  12901

This image is my first attempt at a Fantasy Photo Composite. My intention was to create something, beautiful, otherworldly and curious looking.

To get here took a lot of time and effort. (Many hours were spent on learning, experimenting, selecting, editing and adjusting the components).

It started a few months ago with a post on my facebook page saying that I had been inspired by a fantasy woodland image and idly wondered if anyone would like to model for me.

Elena kindly stepped forward and I travelled to Hove on the English south coast to chat about the project and create some starter images for the composition.

At the time I was thinking that there could be three different images for this project; 1) Woodland Nymph, 2) Angel and 3) Mermaid.

Obviously as this is my first attempt at an Angel photo composite and I can only plan for better results next time.

Stephen

p.s geeks like me might be curious what went on behind the scenes in my digital darkroom …..

…. four of my photographs (three from my extensive archive) were combined in PS after carefully creating cut-outs of Elena, the wings and body armour. The armour was contoured on to Elena’s torso using Photoshop’s displacement map function. It was important to match colours and lighting so I created a series of layers and masks to “fix” each colour and lighting element. Just before I finalised the digital darkroom work I felt that the picture was too perfect so I added motion blur to the wings, arms and torso to create a not-quite-perfect look that would support the fantasy feel.

If it were not for the likes of Glyn Dewis, Aaron Nace and others who really understand the intricacies of compositing with Photoshop then I would not have even attempted this photo piece.

p.p.s. If you would like to experience your own fantasy photo composite, simply get in touch now

Thank you

Stephen
stephen cotterell photography
photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693

  • Maggi MarmionApril 29, 2015 - 8:11 PM

    this is amazing! would love to see you do the transformation in PS ! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Kiwan KingApril 29, 2015 - 10:08 PM

    v cool Stephen Cotterell xReplyCancel

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How often have you noticed that one aspect of your business life informs another in subtle but important ways?

An important influence on the way I create headshot and business portraits is my interest in macro photography.
It’s a bit like your ability to act within the big picture while focusing upon critical details.

This is especially important once you realise that, instead of you automatically putting on your ‘camera face”, that you present thousands of micro expressions to the world. Some of which are well worth capturing and showing because then you are seen at your best, most interesting and engaging.

How do you want others to see you?

I’d be interested in your response now.

Stephen
stephen cotterell photography
photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693

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