artful expression from girl with white hat looking and wondering to the side

Portraiture: My January shoot with May

Earlier this year I had my first portrait session of 2017 with the lovely, May. We met at 8 am in Kearsney Abbey Gardens in the village of River, Kent. The park made for the perfect location and in the end I feel we came away with some stunning results. 

Pretty girl looking to the side and adjusting her white hat
 I love the timing and the slight lack of presence that we get from May adjusting her hat. Portraiture is about capturing the essence, for me. And when we can capture our subjects in a state of transition or occupation, the results can be sublime.
artful expression from girl with white hat looking and wondering to the side
This is portraiture, for me. This is what I shoot for. A mix of the classic and unconventional, spontaneous and composed. One of my favorites.
Girl with white hat in profile
I like this photo. It’s not perfect. And not necessarily with purpose. But I like this photo.
Girl with white hat smiling and looking down
The reflector my impromptu assistant is holding in this photo makes all the difference. It’s a unique composition for me and one that I adore.
Girl with white hat and brown coat laughing and smiling
A whimsical moment in a beautiful setting.
Girl with white hat and scarf sitting at the base of tree
The honesty within the mood of this photo is special to me.
Girl with white hat and scarf, red sweater standing in the forest
I love this composition. And May is bringing it. I’ve positioned her in front of A snaking path, which is beautifully framed by trees. It’s a portrait artist’s dream for many reasons.
Girl with dour expression looking forward and down
A nice composition and unique expression made this one worthy of a second group batch edit
Girl thinking and looking forward and down
This photo is another fro the second batch edit. Having another look, I really love the shadow and mood in this one and I’ll probably go back and give it a proper edit.
Pretty girl smiling
This photo is also part of the second group of batch edits. I selected this one because I thought her father wojuld like it.
Pretty girl making eye contact with the camera
This photo is part of the second group of batch edits of photos which I liked but didn’t see fit for detailed editing.
Girl in red sweater and white scarf looking into camera
I really like this commercial look. May is maintaining piercing contact with the camera and the bed of crimson leaves behind her makes for an ideal backdrop for her lipstick and top.
Girl looking to the side and smiling
To me, this photo feels easy. Effortless. It’s part of a group that I selected and batch edited, but if it had better composition, I would have given it a bespoke edit.
Beautiful girl squatting on bridge looking into camera
I’m such a fan of natural framing. Bridges are an absolute treat to portrait photographers.
Girl in the forest looking straight into camera
This is one of my favorite photos from the day because of how we made it in such an impromptu way. Being softly backlit and under the cover of some branches, we were able to position ourselves to catch some of the colors reflecting off of the river behind May.
Girl looking at angle to the side
Here the model is “finding her light”. My impromptu assistant is holding a white reflector to my left and 45 degrees down towards May. The genuine connection resonates in this image and thanks to a complimentary background and ideal head positioning, I rate this as perhaps my photo of the day.
girl pulls hair from face
I’m glad that we took the time to find this uninterrupted background. The tree brush and shimmering reflections make for a unique but not disturbing canvas for our subject’s wonderings.

I’m a commercial photographer, based in Kent and I specialise in creating dynamic, eye-catching images for my clients. My images are created to add value to every message conveyed across the spectrum of digital and offline platforms alike, including websites, brochures, blogs, social media channels, case studies and any other medium as required. My clients range from BAFTA award winners, multi-national building firms, television personalities and heads of state to local businesses, respected artists and ambitious entrepreneurs. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas (U.S.A.), and after a stint as a lab technician followed by time out to travel, I began a career as a production rigger, working primarily in television and film. This experience allowed me to become accustomed to pressurised working environments and a demanding clientele! In 2011, I began studying at the London Film Academy, which eventually led to me devoting my time and training to becoming a commercial photographer. Whether you have a specific project in mind or you’re looking for a complete brand identity overhaul, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at kevan@smithstudios.co.uk or give me a call on +44 77 6666 1253.

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