Category: Portraits & Studio

LOP CV Photo Challenge – Week 3

LOP CV Photo Challenge – Week 3

Now, I been so excited about my week 3 subject, that’s its only Monday and I’ve done it.

Week 3 is Water

With the help of my 8yr old Son, his first time behind the camera, we created this image from a few shots.

I then took these photos with my Son dropping the tomato. We made quite a mess, but it was great fun and we plan to do some more.



Again, You can find peoples entries on social media using the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge

You can also view all my images from my challenge here, with link to the social media feeds too.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 1

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 1

So, last week I set a challenge to try and keep the boredom away while everyone is in lockdown. They challenge was to take a photo (or 2) on the topic of Games. Thank you to everyone who took part. You can find peoples entries on social media using the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge

These were my photos




I will be setting a new challenge every Sunday, so keep you eyes peeled.

Cosplay – Clown to Harley Quinn PT.2

Cosplay – Clown to Harley Quinn PT.2

So last month I wrote about a shoot I did, that started as a Clown shoot and progressed into a Harley Quinn shoot.

The reason behind this was partially to do with the makeup that was being worn, but also because I had planned to do a shoot a couple of months earlier for which I had bought a Harley baseball bat. Sadly, that shoot didn’t happen, but this was a great opportunity to use it and get the shots I had in my head.

Now Harley had great colours in her costumes and I’ve seen some great photos that incorporate these colours and I wanted to do a similar thing, but in my style and setup. So we set about creating some Harley Quinn style poses which I then edited in Photoshop afterwards to add in different backgrounds and smoke effects.

I created a couple of smoke effect images with the ‘classic’ colours of pink and blue in the smoke.

Then I wanted to to try and added some different types of backgrounds to the portrait. Using a background I’d made for the clown shot, I changed the colours and orientation so it followed the bat line.

Too me, a Harlequin brings to mind diamond shapes, so I create a diamond background and made a grunge version, I also whitened her face a bit in this one to make it a bit different.

and finally a sitting portrait with bat and diamonds.

One of the issues I had, was I had so much fun creating these and doing different processing, I could decide which versions I liked the most. For example, I have 4 versions of the last image.

Now all I need to do it do a Batman and or Joker shoot, that would be cool!

Valentines Maternity Review

Valentines Maternity Review

It’s Valentines Day, Happy Valentines! and what better day to review a few past Maternity Photoshoots.

I’ve beed doing these types of shoot now for many years and they are one of my favourite types of shoots to do. Partially because I have 3 kids, and enjoyed shooting our own maternity shoot and partially because I get to combine my 2 main styles and create lovely shots with floating materials.

My maternity shoots are a combination of black and white images and colourful materials.

As its Valentines Day, let start with a classic black and white image. This one shows both Mum and Dad to be with a classic hand Heart pose.

or another classic low key colour side lit image.

I like black and white photo, I think they create some lovely images with great lighting and I love my material wraps. So here an image combining both.

Saying that, you just can’t beat colour and my wrap really adds colour! Here is one, a lovely golden orange wrap, taken on a dark background.

Just a simple draping of the wrap creates a love image.

I have lots of wraps, so you can chose your favourite colour and have a lovely floating wrap photo, or go for a classic blue or pink.

Or some with a bit of punch!

It doesn’t have to be on black either to have an impact. If you prefer something slightly soft but still impressive, it can be shot on white with a slight colour added to the background but still in a classic pink…

…or again something a little brighter!

I have so many variations on these styles to choose from to put in this post. If this is something that interests you, please visit my Maternity pages to have a browse, oh and Happy Valentines!

Lee Orchard
North Devon Maternity Photographer

Cosplay – Clown to Harley Quinn pt.1

Cosplay – Clown to Harley Quinn pt.1

Recently I got to shoot something quite topical. With the release of the new Harley Quinn film, I had the chance to do a shoot along that sort of style.

However, that is not how the hoot started out. We began with some cat eyes, stripes and a lovely colourful corset

Then with some clown styled clothes we created some poses that we thought would make some clown styled images!

Clowns like to play with balloons, however, as anyone who’s tried to photograph some balloons can tell you, it’s not that easy! Especially when they are old and pop when you touch them!

However, with some perseverance we got another shots to create this photo.

I created an interesting background and produced a circus feel photo.

I noticed that the styling of the clothes looked very ‘Betelgeuse like’ so I processed an image to give that effect.

She also had a very scary looking bunny!

With a slight addition of another striped piece of clothing and a hat I created a very eye bending image with a checkered background. I really like the effect of this photo.

Now came the idea to make this into a Harley Quinn shoot, which I will write about in part 2 of this post.

Colourful Bottle Photos

Colourful Bottle Photos

I shot some product photos last year for Torview Wines of their wine bottles. These were standard product images on a white background. I wanted to reshoot them and try something a bit more interesting.

I planned to shoot them on a great background this time, but a wanted to add some colour to them.

I didn’t have time to shoot all 3 bottles, so just did 2 along with the colour processing.

First up, the Dornfelder.

Second, the Rondo

If I get a chance, I’ll shot the last one.

Sports Fitness Portraits

Sports Fitness Portraits

I recently had the opportunity to take some photos for a lady who owns a gym.

This was a great chance to create some interesting images which were more than just a standard portrait.

We shot a range of sports styles, Boxing and Weights and even threw in a football at the end for some fun.

I set up a punch bag and we got to work…

Adding a bit of movement and smoke to create a bit of atmosphere…

Then time for a rest…

a little bit of showing off the gloves and posing with them.

We shoot some photos with the weights too.

I then wanted to try a boxing ring set up where she posed for some photos that I would then add in the ropes and background in post editing.

I had some metal textures, so put those in to make them look a more more ‘fight clubish’

I did a similar thing to the football images I took and created this.

I was really pleased with how all of these turned out, especially as some where a bit of any experiment on the processing side.

Digital Backgrounds

Digital Backgrounds

Last year I created a lot of digital backgrounds (which are available to buy) that can be used to add texture to a plain background in a portrait photo.

For example, the photo below shows the portrait, taken again against a plain white background and processed in Lightroom. I have then added a digital texture overlay in Photoshop and blended into the background area. Move the slider to see the result.

As you can see, it adds a little interest to the back and make it look as if it is taken against material and a texture.

I have also been creating some smoke overlays. These really add atmosphere to the photos and can give some dramatic results.


It can even be made to look like fire.


Digital backgrounds can even be used to make photos look old and as with the next photos, like a painting on textured paper.


You can see more examples of this in my Textures Gallery below or buy them from my Etsy shop, or use the links in the blogs sidebar.

Old Cameras

Old Cameras

So, following on from my bottles I decided to photograph some old cameras.

I love old cameras and have a couple myself, but I wanted to created some product style photos but, just straight forward shots on a white back. So nothing fancy to make the photo look old, just clean cut.

I started with an oldie.

and worked my way through the years, this one from the 50s

60s or 70s I believe

then, my first ever camera

right up to a modern day DSLR (albeit a few years old now)

I wanted a low angle on the cameras to make them stand out a bit. I did change the angle a bit on the SLR, but prefer the others.

This is a very simple setup and one I can teach anyone who wanted to take a product style shot. Very quick to do and requires virtually no post editing either.

More Photos Shoots

More Photos Shoots

In my last post, I spoke about doing a lot of portraits shoots recently.

Well, I have been busy. I’ve been doing a lot of Lightroom training and also Photography tuition on a 1-2-1 basis. Its kept me very busy.

In between all of that, I have also been doing more photo shoots!

I did a test business portrait session with a person and they were so pleased with the result, they said the photos were going straight on their website.

In another session, I photographed a boxer, it was one of his pastime activities and we did a range of photos in his boxing gear.

I took some great black and whites too, this one was with a base jumping pack

Other photo shoots this month include a Leather shoot with lots of leather jackets and some cosplay gear. I did some photos for a lady wanting to increase her modelling portfolio with some head hair and makeup photos, in a light gothic style and an unusual shoot with chains and handcuffs!

My last shoot of the year will be a Christmas Maternity shoot.