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Bridal Fashion – Fashion Photographer London

Bridal fashion photography London. Three brides in a white wedding dresses in a palace luxurious interior.

Bridal Fashion – Fashion Photographer London

 

For anyone dreaming of being fashion photographer London definitely is one of the top locations in Europe or even the world. Not only you have access to best models, make up artist, fashion stylists but also there is a real ocean of opportunities. Nowhere else you will find such variety of jobs and assignments. From grungy, urban fashion shoots in Shoredith or Camden to stunningly glamorous photo shoots in beautiful castles and old, full of character mansion houses around London. And about one of those I would like to tell you today. Bridal fashion is rather specific field and certainly not for everyone. On technical side it demands extensive knowledge of lighting and editing. It takes great amounts of time and effort to make (often by hand) one of those beautiful wedding dresses that every bride dreams of from the moment she could dress her first doll. It is my job to make sure that all those perfectly designed details and laces translate into equally beautiful photographs. But besides technical, there is also another, very important side of bridal fashion shoots. It is, as I like to call it the soul factor. Those images just need to have soul. There needs to be beauty, elegance, sophistication and romance. It truly is one of my favourite genres because it resonates with me. All of those things are aspects of life I really value not only at work but also in every day’s life. Sadly in today’s fast paced world, dominated by technology there is less and less room for romance. That’s why I feel that we as artists have very important mission on hands. I hope you can sense it in my photographs…
Enjoy!

 

Bridal fashion photography London. Beautiful bride in a white, romantic, lacy wedding dress.

Bridal fashion photography London. Bride in a white, romantic, lacy wedding dress in castle interior.

Bridal fashion photography London. Bride in a white, romantic wedding dress in posh location.

Bridal fashion photographer London. Beautiful bride in a beige, romantic wedding dress in a ballroom.

 

Bridal fashion photography London. Bride in a white wedding dress in beautiful location.

Bridal fashion photographer London. Beautiful bride in a white wedding dress and bridesmaid in luxurious palace interior.

Bridal fashion photographer London. Beautiful bride in a white, romantic wedding dress in a ballroom.

Bridal fashion photographer London. Beautiful bride in a white, romantic wedding dress in luxurious palace setting.


Beards and Ink – Portrait Photography Personal Project

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Beards and Ink – Portrait Photography Personal Project

Those of you that follow my daily struggles know that I mostly shoot fashion and advertising jobs. Those are usually high energy projects involving big teams, fast pace, noisy environment, loud music and large dose of adrenaline. And I absolutely love all of the above but sometimes you just need a break. No I don’t mean brake from photography. My life circulates around photography 24/7. When I don’t work I watch tutorials, interviews, behind the scenes, stare at other people’s work, experiment with new gear I even take pictures at romantic dates (huge credit to my fiancee for putting up with all of this 😉 ) So what I really mean is break in the pattern. Sometimes you just need to do something different to refuel your creativity. And so I did…

One day I packed my car full of gear and drove 3 hours from London to small, beautiful seaside town Bournemouth where life is slow, people happy and the air is fresh. Prior my trip I have made couple of phone calls and arranged a portrait photography session at the local barber shop. The place is amazing! It’s an ultimate man cave. Under the pretext of getting haircut you just get to hang out with your local buddies, the awesome guys that run the shop, hear a joke that would be absolutely inappropriate anywhere else and if you lucky enough you may even get a shot of bourbon from under the counter 😉 In short the place has some serious character. Kindly sitting in for me I had two barbers and two “regulars”. As they say a picture is worth thousand words I will just let you sink in to my story guided by images below. What a different day that was…

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Full of character, sophisticated portrait of a barber with beard.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Old school barber tools.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.

Portrait photography by Jarek Duk. Beards and tattoos. Full of character, sophisticated portrait.


Fashion Photography London – How to stand out.

Generally in fashion world there are two groups of people, those who set the trends and those who follow them.

It’s pretty much the same in fashion photography.

Fashion photographers are presented with two choices. You can copy the “big names” and if done right this will definitely keep you in the game or you can experiment, take a risk and reach higher.

We all know the importance of lighting in fashion photography. In most cases this is the very ingredient that sorts out the men from the boys. So I set myself a challenge to experiment with it.

Most of fashion photography is done with natural light or strobes, I wanted to do something different. The lights of my choice for this shoot were fluorescent Interfit Super Cool-Lite 9 MkII.

Equipped with both reflectors and softboxes this handsome units allowed me just the right amount of control over the light intensity and quality. If you would like to know more about those lights, check our full review right here. I no longer want to bore you with technicalities so will let the results speak for themselves.

P.S.
Since fashion shoot is never single handed effort, please let me give credit where is due:

Designer: Anoosh Naghibi
Model: Samantha (Base Management London)
Hair & Make Up: Leticia Ruiz Caballero

 

Professional fashion photography London. Design by Anoosh Naghibi. Edgy and unique photo by fashion photographer Jarek Duk.

 

Fashion photography London. Intriguing, unique and stylish photo by fashion photographer Jarek Duk.

 

Fashion photography London. Dramatic and moody image by fashion photographer Jarek Duk.

 

High fashion photography London. Design by Anoosh Naghibi, photo by fashion photographer Jarek Duk.


Pregnancy Shoot London Extravaganza

Have you ever searched for pregnancy pictures? And what did you find? Yes I know, they’re all the same… So what if you not into pink hearts, teddy bears, flowers, angels, ribbons and all this cheesy glitter?

What if you are confident, successful, modern young woman that when pregnant feels just as beautiful and sexy as ever?

One such lady has contacted me recently in quest for cool, sexy pregnancy shoot that would make her look and feel like million dollars not a warm marshmallow.

As I mainly shoot fashion I felt right at home planning the shoot that would include Agent Provocateur lingerie, Jimmy Choo heels and Louis Vuitton accessories. So here our pregnancy shoot begins. For a warm up we’ve shot almost classic image on the chair, highlighting the figure. Seeing the results took my model’s confidence to the whole new level! Not that she was lacking it in the first place 😉

All this resulted in the next three images that some may find controversial but no one will deny them being beautiful and sexy!

Next we decided to take some pregnancy pictures that she would be able to show her parents and less open minded friends (photo in the pink jacket). You know how some women just blossom when pregnant?

The radiant glow of the skin, beautiful and shiny hair, fuller bust, the good energy that just surrounds her… I really wanted to capture and immortalise that unusual beauty. The last picture just sums it all up!

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Last minute addendum.

Shortly after publishing this article I received this comment:

The experience was incredible! As en ex-model I have been involved in many, many shoots but working with you comes on top of my list. You have brought out the very best of me! Your knowledge, personality and confidence behind the lens put me at such ease and comfort that I could not even imagine given the circumstances. You made me look and feel beautiful and the results just blew me away! Thank You.

 

As a photographer – I’m satisfied.

 

Pregnancy pictures London. Beautiful pregnant woman on a chair

 

Pregnancy shoot London. Beautiful and sexy pregnant woman. Photo by Jarek Duk.

 

Pregnancy pictures London. Beautiful and sexy pregnant woman. Photo by Jarek Duk.

 

Pregnancy shoot London. Beautiful and sexy pregnant woman. Photo by Jarek Duk.

 

Pregnancy pictures London. Beautiful and sexy pregnant woman. Photo by Jarek Duk.

 

Pregnancy pictures London. Beautiful and sexy pregnant woman. Photo by Jarek Duk.


Fashion Photographer London – World of Neons

A Day of Hard Work of London Fashion Photographer

Fashion photography London, photo by fashion photographer London Jarek Duk. World of Neons.

Hi Guys,

Few weeks ago I had a great pleasure to shoot for Dark Pink London fashion brand.

It is a rather young brand but over past couple of years they have really taken London by storm. As the company grows and matures their advertising guidelines get more ambitious and conveniently there is a decent budget to support it.

So for this year’s “AW 2014 Look Book” we have decided it was a time to take it to the next level.

We wanted something really cool and unique. Enormous amount of time was invested in scouting for that “perfect location” but it was really worth it. We have found this warehouse full of neon lights, vintage signs, and stage props.

An absolute dream world for a fashion photographer in London, where every possible spot has been used and abused for years!

Below iPhone snapshot of the location.

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Since the cost of location alone was £1200/day plus a model, make up artist, stylist, assistant etc. I had to really make sure that final result looks like $Million Dollars!$

No pressure, right?!?

Day before the shoot I have spent good few hours on selecting and packing the right gear for the job. I like to be over prepared, as some would say, but I find that this process lets me keep the “What if?” stress level at minimum so on the day of the shoot I can entirely focus on the creative process rather than technical difficulties.

The fashion shoot went really smooth, entire team has worked really hard but we also had great fun along the way. My client was extremely happy and felt that the money spent was a great investment. So much so that we are already planing the next shoot!
Below short behind the scenes video from the shoot and few of final images.
Enjoy!

Fashion photography London, photo by fashion photographer London Jarek Duk. World of Neons.

Fashion photography London, photo by fashion photographer London Jarek Duk. World of Neons.

Fashion photography London, photo by fashion photographer London Jarek Duk. World of Neons.

Fashion photography London, photo by fashion photographer London Jarek Duk. World of Neons.


Miss USSR UK 2015 Cover Shoot

Miss USSR UK 2015 Cover Shoot

Hi guys,
Not much reading today but instead rather cool behind the scenes video from my recent shoot. I’ve shot a promotional photo that will be used on posters, flyers and all official materials for Miss USSR UK 2015 season. As a model I had last year’s contest winner beautiful and overall amazing person Oxana Slyahtitch.
Having this opportunity I would also like to thank the whole team involved:

Swetlana Chikhireva – Hair & Make-up

Natasha Bo – Production Manager

Christos Mitsios – Filming & Editing

 

 

And here is the finished image:

Miss USSR UK 2015 cover photo featuring Oxana Slyahtitch, photo by Jarek Duk