Photographer gathers color matched items for creative lockdown portraits

Blue coloured portrait
(Image credit: Zephy Rose Hood)

I am a portrait photographer with a passion for styling, I love working with color theory and I use my children (somewhat willingly) as models in a lot of my work. However, while homeschooling a ten-year-old and looking after a toddler during lockdowns, getting creative was often limited and I had to think outside the box. 

I like to create series that are aesthetically pleasing, and I felt inspired to create some flat lays with my daughter simply using items from around the house. Over a couple of weeks we collected each color on the spectrum and began styling.

I am a big believer in using as little equipment as possible, plus good lighting and styling creates simple but effective imagery. When certain restraints such as lockdowns come into play, that’s when I think we can push ourselves to always remain creative.

(Image credit: Zephy Rose Hood)

01. Choosing colors

I began my first shoot using a full spectrum of colors and organized it so they all blended into each other, very similar to how the color wheel looks. I then thought these would make great individual color images and would work nicely together as an editorial series.

(Image credit: Zephy Rose Hood)

02. Gathering Items

I looked everywhere from my children’s rooms to the kitchen cupboards for items of each specific color. I also used a blanket or towel of the same color underneath the items to create more of even background, leaving a gap in the items for my daughter to lay in. 

(Image credit: Zephy Rose Hood)

03. Taking your shot  

I set the camera to use high-speed sync so that I could use a faster shutter speed to reduce any motion blur in the images. The bird images shown here were shot at 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO250. After a few minutes wait, a solitary blue tit entered my careful setup to feed.

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