Kat by Poppy Hunter

Sometimes it’s good to go through old work again, you might find something you’d forgotten about or maybe you just need to look at it differently to find the spark in it.

I originally abandoned these photos because I didn’t like them. I was only going back through them because the model wanted a copy but I didn’t want to send photos I wasn’t happy with.

I didn’t originally think of turning them black & white because they were so bright and colourful almost like the subject was the colour, but that was the problem, the colour was too distracting. New edit, new photos.

Photographer's Assistant | The Good by Poppy Hunter

The second shoot I assisted on was for the Financial Review Magazine and was shot by photographer Harold David.

 "As if by magic, the 1930s meets nautical meets surreal..."

"As if by magic, the 1930s meets nautical meets surreal..."

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 Shooting the female model

Shooting the female model

Harold David knew exactly what he wanted. He also used only natural light including direct sun in a couple of the shots. This meant the days shooting went by very quickly, there was no fluffing around, it was just straight to the point.

 Shooting the male model

Shooting the male model

Henrique Fanti was editing the photos as they were coming through so they could see if they got the shot the wanted and see what the final publication might look like.

 Just under the sand was two wooden planks so her heels didn't sink into the sand!

Just under the sand was two wooden planks so her heels didn't sink into the sand!

 Her face in this image has being edited on from a different photo!

Her face in this image has being edited on from a different photo!

According to Henrique Fanti (who had been on both shoots with me) this was the smoothest and best kind of shoot to experience, so I can safely say I've experienced the best and the worst!

 The final shots from the day (not the final edits though)

The final shots from the day (not the final edits though)

Photographer's Assistant | The Bad by Poppy Hunter

I had the pleasure of assisting on two fashion shoots at the end of 2015.
The first was for a new clothing collection for Roger David.

 Two of the photos from that day now on the Roger David website

Two of the photos from that day now on the Roger David website

Unfortunately this was a poorly organised shoot (not at the fault of Roger David but rather who they hired). We were in a (beautiful) remote location with not a toilet around let alone a cafe, which wouldn't have been a problem if it wasn't for that fact that catering for about 10 people was little more than 2 packets of salt and vinegar chips and no water. But we were saved by the second unprofessional mistake as we were kicked off location for not having a permit (at about 2pm) with only about three or four outfits done (out of 8).

 Panorama of the location from the sea

Panorama of the location from the sea

 BTS of the photo top left of blog.  |  Outfits prepared for shots.  |  Park rangers kicking us out.

BTS of the photo top left of blog.  |  Outfits prepared for shots.  |  Park rangers kicking us out.

I was the 2nd Assistant for this shoot and the 1st assistant showed me the ropes, and as I had nothing to compare the experience too he also explained everything that was going wrong with the shoot and how it was the worst shoot he's ever been on.  I didn't actually realise how badly it was going until these things were pointed out, I was mostly struggling with the heat and being on the edge of a cliff on a very windy day...

 The Model - Adin Taylor

The Model - Adin Taylor

 The Climb down the cliff

The Climb down the cliff

It may not have been the perfect shoot but it was an experience I'm so grateful to have had and it was definitely eye-opening.

 Edited phone snaps from the day

Edited phone snaps from the day