Q4 of 2015 saw Little Miracles CEN photo studio get up and running and it is already expanding nicely for 2016 as we bring in some new equipment to help with variation on our shots and to add more options to the Elinchrom lighting system that we us.
So far we have already managed to squeeze in a few great photoshoots prior to the Christmas break which were fantastic fun and created some brilliant memories. We started off by tackling a Harry Potter themed shoot against our green screen, prior to heading to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios. It was a fantastic session full of robes, wands, wizards and all things Hogwarts. A couple of example before and after shots from the green screen work are below.
In addition to this we managed to grab some more fun with general portraits, Halloween fun and Christmas Jumpers, each one really great in it’s own right.
Photos and images have long been a really popular part of life at Little Miracles, be it at one of our sessions or out and about at one of our events. We chose to really embrace this further, not only for great visual memories but for a huge range of other reasons too. For a large number of the children that we support and their families, things like school photos have always been hugely problematic with the child anxious about the photo, not knowing the photographer or the environment and quite often feeling generally restless and heavily distracted, which are never good components for a great photo. With our studio we can take these issues away. The children know our team well, their parents or carers are by their side as much or as little as they need and we don’t have the same time constraints as a typical studio photographer. If it takes a little longer to get the photo, or the sitting needs to be done in parts while they play in between, its not a problem at all.
We are also able to use the studio as a tool in many ways, which was a key factor in taking the steps to create the studio. A lot of the children we support are on the autistic spectrum, or have conditions where social skills and social presentation is not so easy for them to express or understand. We have been able to not only take huge amounts of fun from the project implementation but also use the sessions to harness the love of technology, passion for dressing up and acting that we see in the children plus teach a little about photography along the way. In turn the children and our members in general have been able to think in advance and research the subjects and themes we use, thinking about their outfits and props, have fun in groups as well as individually and really engage with each other in trying to bring their imagination to life. Because of this we have seen fantastic results not only in the final images but also in the their own development, social skills increasing and working within a process which is an absolute pleasure to see.
The end of January brings our next shoot which we are hugely looking forward to as the Force Awakens at Little Miracles and we take on Star Wars and Light Sabers on the green screen.
We would also like to say a huge thanks to Wex Photographic , Shootproof and FXHome for their work with us on the project and its ongoing development. Their support is hugely appreciated, we look forward to developing the photography further and also working with general video, special effects and GoPro action cameras in the coming months, maybe even a little film making and drama!