Helen MacKinven

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I had so much fun today photographing Helen. Helen is a writer and will be published this year, hence her mind turning to some up-to-date shots for her publisher to use. (That sounds so cool!). I was delighted that she trusted me to have a go and I am so pleased with the results.

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Helen was probably freezing throughout the shoot as the temperature never got above about 2 degrees, and there was a fair wind as well. This of course meant that we had to have a warming coffee after as well as before the shoot and that meant even more wonderful conversation. I really can’t wait to read her book which she has kindly offered me a copy of in draft. We like a lot of the same authors, so the writing chat could just go on and on….

Photographically, the sun was surprisingly strong, so I placed a remote flash on a stand behind and to my right, and let the sun work its rim-light magic behind Helen. To photographers this is such an obvious thing to do, but non-photographers so often instinctively let the sun hit the subject’s face resulting in screwed up eyes and anything but a relaxed subject. Even with a little compact camera or a phone-camera, use the option to force the flash on and put the sun behind the subject.

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This image was from inside the coffee place near Auchinstarry Quarry in Kilsyth where we did the shoot. It was great to be warm with the camera I have to tell you. This one was taken with natural light and my old Canon 500D and my new 40mm pancake lens; it is very sharp and so small to carry around. Good for having in coffee places!

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Connect with Helen at her blog, A way with Words. It is a great read!

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  • Anne G

    Hi Matthew! Love all of the photos of Helen – they are fantastic!Too hard to pick a favourite – really like the sun on her hair and how all the colours work together. When are you giving up the day job? x

  • Thanks so much Anne. x