Washington DC Photographer: Stephen Gosling Photography
Last week I had a photo shoot with local singing sensation Margot MacDonald. This was a shoot that we had set up to add some shots to my portfolio and it seriously couldn’t have gone any better! The weather (thankfully) cooperated and stopped raining a few hours before our shoot.
I have had the next few shots in my head for a couple of years. I live close to this kick ass restaurant Tallula and in their car park they have these signs that say “quiet please, remember our neighbors”. As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to use them for a shoot with a singer who was screaming into an old fashioned microphone. I had a couple of stumbling points there; no singer and no microphone. I became aware of Margot MacDonald a few months ago and her singing talent is just incredible! I reached out to her to see if she fancied a shoot and we were in business. The only thing left to do was to find the old fashioned microphone. And just to make my life super easy when I proposed the shoot idea to Margot she said “oh yeah, I can get one of those”. I love it when things work out!
I’m loving my ringflash lately so whenever I have a shoot I always like to throw some tight headshots with the ringflash into the mix. And Tallula, as well as having the brickwork and sign for the shots above also had this red storage thingy which worked perfectly as a background with the colour of Margot’s hair.
After our car park shoot and the 2 looks above we headed over to a green area and photographed a background that was a little craft project of mine. Once we had our shoot scheduled I was racking my brain trying to think of ways to shoot Margot. Suddenly an idea popped into my head to use CD’s hanging behind Margot. I knew that I could use fishing line to hang the discs on a background stand and I knew they would move around and the reflections could give me an interesting look. It took a lot of time to set up and the fishing line loved to get tangled but in the end I was really pleased with how it looked.
And to finish up I pointed to a tree and told Margot to go and make it her own. She threw herself into the tree and just started creating these amazing poses. I have never worked with such an easy subject where almost every image was better than the last!
Check out Margot right now!
MySpace Music; http://www.myspace.com/margotmacdonald