Photobrats – Photography Courses For Mums!

Don’t know the difference between ISO and UFO? Learn the ins and outs of your camera and how to capture those precious everyday moments of your child and family with a course at Photobrats in Shepherd’s Bush. Local mum and founder of Photobrats, Cinzia D’Ambrosi, is a documentary and portrait photographer. Her desire to document has taken her to many places; she has covered a vast array of assignments and has developed long term projects around the world as well as freelanced for portrait studios in central London and Reykjavik.

WLM recently caught up with Cinzia of Photobrats:

What is Photobrats?
Photobrats is a combination of Portrait Photography for children and families and a place for exciting photography courses for mothers. Photobrats aims to deliver a fresh and contemporary approach to portrait photography where a combination of reportage and classical portraiture merge. It goes a long way to reflect the personality and the spontaneity of the subjects and great attention is taken for the choice of location, props, type of imagery etc. Photobrats offers various photography courses for mothers from Introduction to Digital Photography, Portraiture and Documentary Photography. The Introduction to Digital Photography Workshop is a hands on course that teaches the basic techniques of photography with lots of tips and exercises to improve taking pictures of your favourite subject…for instance your kids!

What inspired you to Photobrats?
I am a mother of two and I feel privileged that I have not given up my work and my ambitions through motherhood. I have heard countless of times mothers that speak of having had ambitions been put aside after the birth of their children and of their isolation particularly in the first years. For various reasons for some mothers the opportunity to gain practical skills and encouragement needed to push forth a creative career has been way out of reach. Photobrats courses encourage mothers to come out and have fun while learning, improving or refreshing on their photography and if possible to be the first step for a future career in a creative field.

What challenges have you faced with your business?
Finding the appropriate places/venues to introduce Photobrats.

What advice do you have for taking the perfect picture of children?
I encourage anyone taking pictures of a child to think that the picture is about who the child is and not of what the child is doing. For this, I advice to take some time before hand to talk to the child, be out of the way and watch for clues that give away his/her personality. When ready to shoot, again, try to be out of the way as much as possible and use a zoom lens.


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This mistake is definitely as serious as leaving your own home without charging your DSLR using the Sony NP-BN1 charger. The lenses suited to fashion photography are not the same from your ones you choose for landscape photography. I feel that getting a 70-100 mm lens will be the best choice. This will assist you to concentrate on your subject and also will merge the surroundings out perfectly.

Asking the model not to stare on the camera
It’s genuine that at times you will have to ask the model to stare with a point out of your camera; however, the overall rule of fashion photography demonstrates that the model (or perhaps the subject) should check out the camera. To get the perfect shots, you should let the model to create eye-to-eye contact together with the lens.

Not contacting your model/subject
Unlike landscape photography or street photography, fashion photography would expect you to keep communicating with your model or subject. You will have to tell the person what type of pose he/she must be in or what sort of expressions he/she should make. Moreover, you must also discuss things which shouldn’t be done every once in awhile. If you forget to communicate well, the final results might not fulfill your expectations. If you are shooting using a model the very first time, it’s vital that you spend time with him/her ahead of the shoot.

Making too many edits
Editing has developed into a mandatory portion of the photography process; and fashion photography requires maximum editing. However, making way too many edits might make photos appear fake removing the natural and raw feel from their website.

Picking inappropriate light modifiers
This mistake needs to be avoided regardless of the very fact whether your shoot is to take place outside or within a studio. We have seen many photographers opt for the wrong light modifiers after which rue over the mistake. You must remember that direct lights produce dark, hard-edged shadows, while diffused lights would disperse 26dexspky in your subject from various directions. What sort of light modifier will be suited to your shoot depends entirely on the kind of photo you are wanting to capture.

Shooting over the eye degree of your subject
I utilized to commit this mistake in many cases during my initial days as a fashion photographer. That’s probably because there’s no photography rule that implies that you ought to only shoot from or beneath the model’s eye level. However, when i gained experience I discovered how the results I have when shooting below or in the eye level of my subjects are significantly better that a few things i employed to get when shooting above their eye level. Soon, I discovered that shooting above the model’s eye level make his/her neck appear shorter, making anyone appear shorter inside the image.


My Tattoo Blogger Photoshoot With Lewis David Photography

One of the most rewarding things (perhaps the single most rewarding thing in fact) about running a blog in your spare time is that you are given the opportunity to meet other inspiring individuals. I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week – about the amazing, selfless individuals that contribute to the UK’s blogging community. I was recently confirmed as a finalist in the UK Blog Awards  and I’ve been chatting to the awards’ PR team this week. I said to them – doing something you are so enthusiastic about every day, with a not-for-profit dedication, can be tough at times. It takes up every spare moment of your life, outside of your bill-paying, “grown-up” job.

But then every so often you cross paths with others in the same boat, it makes you feel part of something special, and you’re all of a sudden reminded of why you invest time in that thing you have a passion for. For the last few years I’ve been spending time with (and chatting regularly to) other bloggers, independent businesses, artists, tattooists, writers, vloggers and photographers… who all work exceptionally hard on doing their thing, not because it makes them a fortune, but because they love it.

I recently met photographer Lewis David Membery whilst documenting an epic tattoo project being undertaken by artist Max Rathbone at his studio in Birmingham. If you missed the blog on this, seriously. Chatting to Lewis afterwards, I discovered that his capturing Max at work was part of a recent project of his, in which he is capturing these aforementioned “creatives at work”.

“I’m starting a new photo series called THE DAY OF A CREATIVE,” says Lewis. “It will include behind the scenes shots of all sorts of different creative people doing what they do best. Whether viagra for sale with no prescription they be tattooists, writers, photographers or producers, the idea of the series is to give you an idea of all the hard work these people put in to doing what they love and making it a career.” When he asked me if I wanted to be photographed too, I jumped with joy! Firstly, his photos were beautiful, and secondly, I was in desperate need of some recent shots for my own writing portfolio.

We met this week, I drank a few Americanos, posed awkwardly, and the results were spectacular! Thank you Lewis for these awesome new shots. I have felt awkward being photographed before but Lewis instructed me to get on with my daily business and ignore his presence… it really did the trick and I appear completely at ease (my usual, frowning-OK-OK-so-he-got-a-couple-of-smiles-out-of-me-in-the-end-self)! Working with other creative minds always reminds me that we’re all in the same boat, and doing what we love every day is what gets us out of bed in the morning.

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