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Beth Fouracre at the Mill Sessions

The 2nd of this year’s Mill Sessions was on Thursday past, this time featuring singer-songwriter, Beth Fouracre. As before, a bit of time was set aside for me to take her portrait to build up images for The Mill, and my own portfolio.

Although she was a bit uncertain to begin with, it didn’t take long for her to relax and quite quickly she connected with the camera.

Unlike Sean Taylor’s request for Dark and Moody (see Sean Taylor and The Mill Sessions), Beth wanted a slightly lighter mood.

In fact, I have a whole folder full of blurred images where she found it impossible to keep a straight face and collapsed into laughter.

I’d decided the “house style” for the Mill Sessions would be black and white. However, I have to say on only the 2nd photo shoot I found myself quite torn. What doesn’t come out in black and white is the fact Beth had vivid red hair, which really was quite wonderful.

Eventually I decided I would stick to my original idea, but here’s one to show you what I mean.

Until the evenings get lighter, I'm limited with the space and lighting I can use for these photo sessions. I have to bring along one of my lights and a reflector and I can use a room in the Mill that's currently empty, but only until it opens up again for the tourist season.

Light with umbrella diffuser - Beth - reflector, side on

As usual, click on any of the images for larger versions.

For those interested in her music, and Beth really does have a lovely voice, then you can hear some of here songs on MySpace, here:


mapstew said...

Great pics. Beth looks very Irish! Off to have a listen. :¬)

Kim Ayres said...

I think she said her folks were from Devon. And I don't think the red hair is entirely natural... ;)

Falak said...

Only colour photographs can do justice to that red hair!
It feels nice to know that I'm not the only one who bursts into laughter during photo sessions :)

Thrup'ny bits said...

Very striking. I like the turquoise top/red hair combination.


hope said...

Funny, how I feel about being photographed is your 2nd photo. :)

But yes, I'd be laughing too. Thanks for sharing the "red hair" shot but the B&W are still striking.

TalesNTypos said...

You're right. Vivid red.

Anonymous said...

B&W makes such great look at the person, the expression, the mood, not the color. However, your color photo, with her turquoise blue shirt and her RED hair, vibrates!

Anonymous said...

Interesting to see your set-up. I hope to be able to progress to this standard one day.

Mimi and Tilly said...

Beautiful pictures, I see what you mean about her hair, it's gorgeous. Em x

Jayne said...

As always, Kim, beautiful photos. I particularly liked the last one. Such color! Fabulous.

Kim Ayres said...

Falak - for some reason, the moment I say "now, I want you to look serious..." nearly eveyone bursts into laughter...

Alan - :)

Hope - I look forward to seeing a photo of you pushing your hair up then :)

Adila - :)

Theanne - when you remove colour, the eye is forced to take more notice of shades, tones and lines. But sometimes, colour needs to make itself felt :)

Digibirder - you just buy yourself a light and a reflector, then play :)

Emma - it is :)

Jayne - thank you :)

Carole said...

Great pics. Love the color of her hair, but the black and white photos are very interesting.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Carole :)

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