ryangarwood photographer

Fashion photography and the rest of it.

Month: May, 2013

I need opinions?!?!

I have been looking at these pictures for too long, I dont know if they needed something a little extra. What do you think, is the green too much? It is also really hard to see them properly on here too because they are so small. Apologies. 



The Lace Market Hotel shoot

These images were shot for Hannah Dudley’s Lookbook/Magazine, the original idea was for it to be a editorial magazine but towards the end took on the shape of a lookbook. One of the first shoots I did this term for the fashion design students was Hannahs black dress, which can be seen towards the bottom of my blog. As well as fashion design Hannah also likes styling and this shoot was set up in a way to help Hannah show she is also capable of the styling side of things. We have used spare parts of the black dress and placed them where we thought appropriate and worked well.

At the beginning of this project I spoke with Hannah about ideas and inspiration and we were looking at involving water in some way. Hannahs inspiration being under water sea life and light emitting sea creatures, it seemed necessary to shoot within water. We looked into shooting under water in a pool, but could not arrange a location in the time we had. Instead we thought a bath could work, but it had to be a reasonable size and free standing so that I could work around it. We used a bath in one of The Lace Market Hotel’s rooms, it was nice and light and I had plenty of space to work with.

Keeping it short and sweet, but these are a few of the images that I got from the shoot. Overall I am really pleased with them, but I need to go through all the images again as I think there is enough material to make a small series out of them and I think there are some images that are going to well better with others.

Model – Miriam/Model Students

Make up – Hannah Batchelor


Gina Pearce – Fashion design student. Degree show shoot

Gina Pearce is a third year fashion design student, studying at Nottingham Trent University. Gina’s work is a ladies-wear collection made up of four outfits inspired by beetles, with lots of metallic prints/colours and quilting.

“As a designer, I am extremely textile based, being creatively inspired by material qualities, fabric manipulation, colour and print. My work often includes a large amount of machine embroidery, focusing on sensitive detailing and working with fabrics that have an interesting surface application or appeal. 
Nature has always been a large inspiration throughout my work as a designer, therefore I wanted to explore this in greater detail.

The beetle is such a beautiful insect, yet it is often overlooked due to misconception. The metallic colours, intricate detailing and beautiful textures on the shell have given me large amounts of inspiration for my final product collection.

The Unique Selling Point of the garments is the sensitive selection of materials, strong print, fabric processes and the attention to fine detail. Designers such as Phillip Limm, Burberry, Antoni and Alison, Peter Pilotto and Modern Love are example competitors, with Fenwicks being a key store competitor. Materials and components are high quality with a luxurious feel to reflect the target market, whilst fabric processes stand out, helping to create statement pieces that will be wearable time and time again. Hidden detailing, such as printing inside pockets and detailed finishing teams well with the innovative branding that helps to create a range to reflect the chosen price point.”   Gina Pearce

When speaking with Gina about how she wanted to go about the shoot, she showed me images which were very clean and clinical looking. The images were very bleached out with white backgrounds and just small details and textures could be made out. When it came to location we shot in the university building Arkwright, where the walls are white and there are large white windows. The only slight problem we had was the ugly grey carpet on the floor, which we ended up covering with white card and the problem was solved.

The sun was shining straight through the windows which was perfect for the effect we wanted to achieve. Positioning the model directly infront of the window meant the light was bursting in from behind, creating a really bright white backdrop. I wanted to keep some of the detail of the windows behind the model in the image, so that it did not look like she had been cut out and placed on a white background. Overall the effect worked really well and I managed to keep lots of detail in the face and clothing whilst bleaching out the background.

Rachel McCarthy from BOSS model management was absolutely amazing to work with. She was professional, took direction very well and was also very friendly to work with. As you can see from the pictures she photographs beautifully and I would strongly recommend her. You can find her page here!

Not only did I love working with Gina, Rachel and Becky but I also love the final collection itself that Gina has produced. I hope she does well in the fashion design industry and that I shall work with her again soon.

Gina Pearce - Illustrations

Gina Pearce – Illustrations

Gina Pearce - Illustration

Gina Pearce – Illustrations



Model : Beckie Knight


Fashion shoots have begun

I am currently in the process of editing images from the first shoot that I have done for the fashion design students I am working with. I had less than an hour with the model so things felt a little rushed, but overal I am pretty happy with how the images look. I am hoping to have six final images from this shoot, which will go towards Hannah Dudley’s fashion magazine for her degree show. We have multiple shoots lined up in order to get the full collection in the magazine. The plans so far are to photograph each garment in a different environment and create a different style image for each garment. As it stands we are hoping to photograph in the MA studio at Nottingham Trent University, Lace Market Hotel and Wollaton Park.

Myself and my team for the day

Myself and my team for the day

Mood Board

When planning a fashion shoot I always like to put together a mini mood board to take a long with me. I think it is good to be able to have some inspiration and ideas up on a wall when doing the shoot, it makes it easier to direct others involved and show them more of an idea about what it is you are thinking. In this case it is just a few images that I liked and thought would work well with the concept. If it was a personal shoot I would have a much bigger board of images and ideas. However because the shoot I am doing is for someone else’s use, I am more or less taking direction from them and suiting their needs.

Movement and material