A Shoemaker Without a Shoe: Chapter I
Сапожник без сапог. Часть I.
Wow, this post took me so long! I haven’t mentioned it on my blog, but there was a project planned for December. I made a call for my local photographer friends on Facebook and offered a free session in exchange for their free session. I had 3 requests (yeah, I’m not that popular and/or I don’t have that much local photographer-friends or acquaintances). I was really worried about how it would go and if it was a good idea at all. I named the project “A shoemaker without a shoe” (there’s such Russian proverb).
I went on the first session more than a month ago and it was SO WORTH IT, that I’m going to make sure the project will be completed.
Then I planned to post the results of the session here, but it just wasn’t meant to happen in December. The time I had for myself didn’t match with the time when my brain did actually work. My youngest decided that she won’t take a day naps any more, so as she refuses to play with anyone else except me. She is one really sweet little girl, but that doesn’t help me not to feel exhausted by the end of the day. December is project-wrapping-up time of the year, and I was preparing two photobooks for my older girls to give them as Christmas presents. I’m sure, you know what I mean. That all made me incredibly busy for the last month and prevented me from writing this post in time.
So here I am now and going to reveal the result of our first meet-up. Yuliya Shumskaya was the first photographer. She works in Riga and she is really nice and easy-going person. And despite we were meeting for the first time, I felt comfortable around her from the very first minute we met.
Frankly speaking, I hadn’t had a ready shooting plan prior to the session. I only knew that we had only 50 minutes for me and for her to be both — a model and a photographer. We had an agreement about 20 pictures from each of us. We decided to meet in Old Town of Riga and as soon as our walk started, it was clear to me how we would do it.
The new plan was to look for an appealing location, and if one of us likes a place — going right there and shooting, and then posing for the other one. Thus we both had pictures from each of the locations. And what is even more interesting, I worked with my 135 mm lens, and she had a completely different angle of view with her 50 mm lens. We also see the frame differently. It’s amazing how an individual photographer’s style can change the picture from one and the same spot!
Now, with Yuliya’s permission, I’m going to share our work. We both couldn’t make it for 20 images, but in our defence the wind was freezing the brains out of us when we were on the shoot. So we decided to repeat it some time again.
The first spot was near a pretty grey-blue door, which drew my attention because it had a niche to block that overhead light. Now that the day was totally overcast, blocking the light from up was really important!
Моё внимание привлекла серо-голубая дверь, потому что находилась в нише, с помощью которой можно заблокировать свет сверху. Это было существенно, так как несмотря на обещанное зимнее солнышко, его лучикам так и не удалось пробиться через плотную бело-серую завесу облаков.
And here you can actually see that beautiful door behind me in Yulia’s shot.
I think that location has some great potential, but it’s certainly too tight for a 135 mm lens.
Then we found this gorgeous wall. I think it was Yulia’s idea to shoot there.
А потом мы нашли вот такую красивую стенку с сухой виноградной лозой. Кажется, это было Юлиной идеей, пофотографироваться там.
Again, the two lenses gave us totally different perspectives.
Then we tried this place.
Потом мы опробовали вот это место.
Thank you Yuliya, I love this portrait!
Then we found this place – it’s a narrow tunnel between two old houses. Places like this work pretty well for portraits since they help to make the light directional. I also love the pattern and the bright colour of the wall, though the last one made the processing pretty hard because of the bright red colour cast it gave.
Потом мы нашли вот это место — это узкий проход между двумя старыми домами. Такие места хорошо подходят для портретов, так как они помогают сделать свет направленным. И ещё нам приглянулась текстура стены и её яркий цвет (хотя последний заставил хорошо потрудиться при обработке, т.к. дал ярко-красный отблеск на кожу).
Then we moved behind a church to find this gorgeous old red brick wall. I loved the contrast of the green-blue tree and the wall.
Затем мы перешли за близ-стоящую церковь и нашли там красивую стену старой кирпичной кладки. Мне понравился контраст синей ели со стеной.
The same spot through Yuliya’s eyes.
And in this spot I totally dislike what I did, but I love the pictures of me from Yuliya!
А вот тут я крайне недовольна тем, что у меня получилось, но мне ужасно нравятся Юлины работы!
This one is one of my favourites, thank you so much for it Yuliya!
Then we moved to the Dome Square to take a final batch of pictures. The cold air in the open space almost froze the desire to shoot out of me, haha.
За последней серией кадров мы отправились на Домскую площадь. Ледяной ветер, продувавший насквозь площадь, был настолько сильным, что моё желание снимать чуть было не выветрилось!
Another lovely spot for portraits between two little wooden houses.
Ещё одно чудесное место для портретов — узкий проход между двумя маленькими деревянными домиками.
Another favourite brought to me by Yuliya!
I like how our pictures differ! Yuliya’s shots are much more storytelling compared to mine!
Так интересно, насколько разными у нас с Юлей вышли работы. Юлины кадры раскрывают больше истории по сравнению с моими.
Thank you Yuliya for this walk once again, it was fun and mood-lifting activity in such a cold winter day!
And this is me, while I’m preparing this post (thank you my dear husband for that!) :
Old Riga looks romantic in any time of a year. Do you want a shoot in Old Riga? Head to my business page and contact me!