Tag: Portraits

Cyberpunk Portraits

Cyberpunk Portraits

I like shooting interesting portraits, retro, re-enactment, cosplay, so when someone approached my with a Cyberpunk idea, I jumped at the chance.

I have to admit, my first thought was, ‘What is Cyberpunk?’ As it turned out, it was funky and purple!

This gave me some great ideas for creating some cool portraits. Very grungy, urban style.

with slight purple overtones.

and ideal for putting in my grunge style backdrops.

Using a few masks

Getting funky with colour

It even gave me an idea for a mystic version too!

With many poses and position we created a wide range of images which were both funky and fun.

If you enjoy cosplay or any style of dress-up, why not get in touch with me and we can discuss a shoot.



Towards the end of last year, I did a lot of Re-enacting Portraits from time periods around the 1400-1500s but not nothing from late 1800s. Late all changed in October with the arrival of a lady who loved Gothic Victorian dress.

When shooting these period costumes I try and shoot them in a style that is in keeping with the look.

In this case I created a panelled look room backdrop to give the images a move interesting feel.

As well as creating a wallpaper that matched the theme.

My studio is also full of many props. This includes a huge trunk that dates back to the golden age of train travel. I thought it would also look great in these photos.

We went on shooting more a few more poses, creating many that the lady loved.

If you re-enactor or like period style clothes that you would like photo in, then please visit my portraits pages for more examples and prices for one my creative portrait shoots.

English Civil War

English Civil War

Working through the ages with Re-enactment Portraits has been great fun. When I was told my next portrait session would have a drum, it was really exciting and challenging.

So, we jumped from Tudor times to English Civil War.

Luckily the drum wasn’t quite as big as I expected, but what a great prop for a shoot!

adding in a Pikeman

and Finishing off with civilian wear.

If you enjoyed these, please visit the Re-enactment Portraits Page for more photos from this shoot and if you are interested in a shoot, please get in touch.

More Re-enactors

More Re-enactors

My next re-enactor portrait session we’d moved to the 1600’s. It was a couples shoot, with some middle class costumes.

First up an Upper Middle class lady.

Followed by an Upper Middle class man.

These costumes really allow me to get creative with my Re-enactment Portraits

Next, Lower Middle class.

and then Army

If you enjoyed these, please visit the Re-enactment Page for more photos from this shoot and if you are interested in a shoot, please get in touch.

A Tudor Re-enactor

A Tudor Re-enactor

Not long after my initial re-enactment shoot I got an enquiry to do a portrait session for another Tudor re-enactor.

With different clothing it provided some good variation on the first shoot.

With different props

and different weapons, we produced some nice portraits for him.

Then a change of clothing and a different weapon.

and adding a pike, which is a challenge and it only just fits in the studio!

finally, a peasant costume.

If you’d like to see more from this shoot or book a shot with me, please visit the gallery below for more information.

Tudor Re-enactor Portraits Cont…

Tudor Re-enactor Portraits Cont…

As mentioned in my last post, I recently did a Re-enactment portrait to try out some new. A few days later I did another Tudor era portrait session for his wife.

Although there were less costume variations and prop changes, we managed to create another differing images.

Standing, Sitting and with different backgrounds.

Once again some lovely images reflecting the style or the portrayal and showing the dedication of the people re-enactoring.

There are more images on the Re-enactor Portraits page from the link below. If you are a Re-enactor from any time period, and would like a shoot, please get in touch.

Something Old, but New… Re-enactment

Something Old, but New… Re-enactment

I’ve shot a lot of different styles over the years, but never anything quite like this. Although I’ve know re-actors for many many years and built websites for some groups too, I’ve never actually photographed any in the studio.

I had a style in mind and just needed to find someone willing to try it with me. I found a willing volunteer locally and we set too with creating this batch of images for him.

His era is Tudor, around the 1540s.

He had several costumes which gave us and chance to create some different images for him.

We even did a few full length shots.

and lastly a civilians outfit set against one of my digital backgrounds.

The whole shoot only took about an hour, so didn’t take up too much time.

A few days later his Wife came around for her shoot…

There are more images on the Re-enactor Portraits page from the link below. If you are a Re-enactor from any time period, and would like a shoot, please get in touch.

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!

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.

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.

A Waiting Game

A Waiting Game

February has started as a waiting game. Things need to start for there to be a chain reaction where other things can then start to move.

So, lots of twiddling fingers in the first week.

As this is the case, website updates have been happening! I’ve fixed an issue, that I created a while back, but didn’t realise until today, with the homepage. It now works again with the menus!

Portrait galleries have had updates to them, new images added, tweaks to text etc… New images will be added to the Newborn gallery soon.

I’ve added a couple of new photos to the Mammals Primate gallery too.

On my Portraits website Lee Orchard Photography I’ve added 2 new blog posts, a commercial page, not yet live (this will replace a page on another site that I’m turning off). It shows commercial work we’ve done, mainly Hair & Make Up Portraits, Live shows, like Magician Live and some Food and Product photos.

I’ve also added more photos from recent shoots to the Adults gallery on that site.

So, while waiting I’ll continue tidying & painting in the house, tweaking websites, sorting photos and more…

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.