Jide Alakija

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Thank you very much far for the kind support you are all giving me. I really should show a bit more of my appreciation more often, especially as I never really seem to find the time to visit your photoblogs as often as I should. So a big thank you again.

This is another attempt at producing some fashion type images, your comments are very much appreciated. I don't regard myself as a fashion photographer, I think I'm more a portrait photographer if anything. When I took this one I wasn't thinking as much about the clothes as I was about the pose and impact of the models look. This concerns me because when it comes to doing fashion shoots I'm normally foxed as to how to approach them.

Anyway special thanks to Idu (model) and Stacy (make up & assistance) for helping me produce this one.

On another matter, I have been getting some emails and requests to put up a walk-through/tutorial on how I achieved some of my work. I think the best way to do this is to first of all ask for a general concensus on this issue. It's really tough doing a comprehensive one but I wouldn't mind doing one a month on one picture that you choose. So that being said can you all tell me which image you would want me to explain from the start to finish, if possible I would explain the scene too so you get a better appreciation of what I did in the first place. If you think that this is not necessary then please let me know so that I don't waste my time.

comments (26)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 8 Dec 2006, 00:16
You got better images of this model bro. Seen some of her images on her port.

I do not particularly feel the model, funny thing is I was actually talking about this model with some guys yesterday and we just can't put a hand on it, yes she has a very different and unique look, but there is a but.....

We all agreed eh does have a good body though. Just not feeling the pose though, Not fashiony. Very akward. You do take a lovely shot of her though, but... still not feeling the model

Suby
  • Dotun
  • United States
  • 8 Dec 2006, 01:15
Attractive lady, nice pose but white bottom part of background is distracting. Also think a littel tighter crop from the top could help.
Jide Alakija: Thanks dude. Goes to show we all see things differently which is good.

Nothing much I could do with the bottom part, but then again that's part of the shot. It's fashion remember not portraiture. The crop....not sure I would want a tight crop on this one if anything I wish I had more space but that's a personal thing I guess. Thanks again Dotun.
  • dezhare
  • gibraltar
  • 8 Dec 2006, 02:01
MY MUSE........loll..that abandoned me...

i like
Jide Alakija: Politician!!!! Thank you.
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • 8 Dec 2006, 02:11
I believe a better pose would have made this shot fire!...and showed the outfit better...
Jide Alakija: Thank you Dammie and what sort of pose would you suggest?
  • dezhare
  • gibraltar
  • 8 Dec 2006, 02:15
loll..me?? politician?? well...er I like it....an awkward pose yes...but i like...

maybe if she was standing?? or if she sat on the floor and spread the bottom half of the dress around her legs while u shot from above....

er...i dunno
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • 8 Dec 2006, 02:31
Perphaps a standing pose....showing the flar bottom of the dress....and of course her hot legs?...
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • 8 Dec 2006, 02:33
Perphaps, a standing pose showing the flare bottom of the dress, and of course her hot legs!!
hey jide,

a very regal pose. i love the way the color of the wall picks up the red stripes in her dress.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nicole.
Hi Dotun,,
Nice pose of the model, the colour and her dress is nice to seen.Regards
Jide Alakija: Dotun? You mean Jide Alakija. Thanks.
  • Ovo Gharoro
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Dec 2006, 08:04
Nice pose, not 100% sure about the lighting at the back but I like the colours and her pose
Jide Alakija: Goodness. The lighting at the back is perfect! That's just it, it's perfect. Thanks Ovo.
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Dec 2006, 08:17
hi Jide,

This is an amazing shot. I think you should do more of this sort of stuff. Keep it up baby!!
Jide Alakija: What do you think of the pose though?
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Dec 2006, 08:27
I'm no fashion photographer either (nor portraits, come to that), so this advice may be worthless.

I'm sure I've seen this skirting board before somehwere - I'll check later - but I said then that it was distracting. But you CAN do something about it if you don't like it. You can get background paper rolls in different colours (try Colorama) relatively cheaply to give that continuous look favoured by studio photographers. I have one in white (but no models, so if you have any spare!).

I like the lighting in this shot. I think the pool of light on the wall behind the model is essential to set her off. The clothing and wall colours are very complimentary too.

Sometimes when a model poses, it feels awkward to the model but looks superb in the final image. Unfortunately, this looks as awkward as it must have felt. I don't mind the crouching/kneeling bit, but if her right arm made a curve the other way - with her elbow closer to her body - her whole body would have made a more pleasing reversed "C" shape.

I really like the amount of space above her head, and I agree with you that even more space around her elsewhere would set her off nicely.

If you have the support of pliant models to experiment on poses, I think we'll see some more excellent work from you. I'm looking forward to it. Get some background paper!
Jide Alakija: Yes sir! I got you there. Very very helpful as usual Colin. Thank you.
  • kurt
  • 8 Dec 2006, 09:21
great, classic portrait. beautiful colors.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Kurt.
  • johnnyg
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Dec 2006, 10:14
When I first opened this my reaction was ... elagent, so if that's what you trying for you acheived it. Colins right about the background and Colorama do do some wonderful stuff that's not all that expensive. Whats missing from the model is confidence, she seems a little stiff which I guess is why the other guys are talking about the awkward pose, there's nothing wrong with the pose she just needs to relax, but hey what do I know.
  • Peter Obey
  • Ireland
  • 8 Dec 2006, 10:33
For a fashion shot, this does not work at all!

The model is gorgeous, no doubt, her cheekbones are TDF. She really nailed it with that stoic expression but she should perhaps have tilted her face towards the camera a bit more.

Her hair ruined what could have been the most redeeming detail in this shot - her neck! Her hair looks too stiff and bulky (as opposed to bouncy and voluminous). It has obscured her gorgeous neck and collar bones.

The pose is too rigid and the angles are all wrong. I hate the way she has positioned her right hand... it looks wooden, almost false!

I also hate that she knelt down in this shot, she looks like she has no legs! It does not do that stunning dress any justice at all.

Then that white badly painted skirting board in the background is unforgivable.... simply and utterly inexcusable.

My suggestion to you going forward is - shoot as many frames as possible and get the models to try out myriad of poses, then pick out the best one. It's really all about trial and error at this stage, with more practice you'll begin to develop an eye for fashion detail and direct your models better.
  • Peter Obey
  • Ireland
  • 8 Dec 2006, 10:34
For a fashion shot, this does not work at all!

The model is gorgeous, no doubt, her cheekbones are TDF. She really nailed the face with that stoic expression but she should perhaps have tilted her face towards the camera a bit more.

Her hair ruined what could have been the most redeeming detail in this shot - her neck! Her hair looks too stiff and bulky (as opposed to bouncy and voluminous). It has obscured her gorgeous neck and collar bones.

The pose is too rigid and the angles are all wrong. I hate the way she has positioned her right hand... it looks wooden, almost false!

I also hate that she knelt down in this shot, she looks like she has no legs! It does not do that stunning dress any justice at all.

Then that white badly painted skirting board in the background is unforgivable.... simply and utterly inexcusable.

My suggestion to you going forward is - shoot as many frames as possible and get the models to try out myriad of poses, then pick out the best one. It's really all about trial and error at this stage, with more practice you'll begin to develop an eye for fashion detail and direct your models better.
  • Peter Obey
  • Ireland
  • 8 Dec 2006, 11:01
I forgot to mention that the shot is too boring for fashion. Check this link out for some inspiration.

http://foxxology.blogspot.com/2006/09/antm-portfolio-pics.html

An another example of what could have been fantastic fashion shot, taken by none other but yourself (although i suspect you didn't realise it) is the picture in the link below!

http://www.alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/23309.htm

Take your model to the park; get her in skates, get the wind blowing through her hair... inject some life into the shot, make it fun, make it compelling!
  • Peter Obey
  • Ireland
  • 8 Dec 2006, 12:00
I forgot to mention that this shot is also way too boring for fashion. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again you need to immerse yourself in fashion magazines to get inspiration and ideas… learn the angles, poses and the settings.

An example of what could be a great fashion shot was taken by none other but yourself (even though I suspect you didn’t realise it at the time):

http://www.alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/23309.htm

Take your model out to the park, get her in skates, get the wind blowing through her hair, infuse some life into the shot, make it fun, make it compelling!
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Dec 2006, 12:21
I think all the techie/photography aspects of this are fine but I agree that the pose looks quite awkward. Whether that's a bad thing or not, however, is entirely subjective.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 8 Dec 2006, 15:18
For me, this is a beautiful portrait shot. I like the way the light gives her a cheerful glow that goes well with the style of dress she's wearing and her casual hair.
  • shiv
  • India
  • 8 Dec 2006, 16:35
well i really like this shot,
somehow her expression doesnt work for me,but then again im just an beginner..!
can i ask a silly question?...was this a professional shoot? do you shoot professionally?
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 8 Dec 2006, 18:00
There is something a bit too "stiff" about this shot. The tones are nice and it's really appealing in terms of exposure and all but she seems a bit too stiff in her pose, and the expression doesn't seem to "fit" the dress.

In fashion photography it's the model and the photographer's jobs to make the clothes look good and acurately portray the colors etc. I think that's really the bottom line, sounds easy right?
  • Mal
  • 8 Dec 2006, 18:27
It's funny how you have a divided opinion regarding the pose with this one Jide. For what it is worth, in my opinion, I really like the arrogance of the pose! I feel that the model has attitude with an air of disdane for your prescence, in particular the side ways glance that she is giving you. Great work. Love it. Mal
  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Dec 2006, 19:06
beautifully snobbish and voctorian..just a brilliant expression..whether by luck(unlikely) or by planning uve managed to set up the perfect background to complement her drk skin tone....8.5/10
  • Ngozi Omenka
  • 15 Dec 2006, 19:11
Personally, I'm interested in you teaching me how to PP portraits in particular. I reeeaaaaaallly need help in that dept. I guess I'll look through and find a shot... but I just need general help with cleaning up portraits. So I want special discount.. jale jale tongue
  • emma
  • naija
  • 26 Dec 2006, 14:46
calm photo well done

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