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GIRLS ON FILM

Story by Carsten Windhorst June 4th, 2014

Laura Wright

Laura Wright is signed to Decca Records in the UK and I was commissioned to shoot her press and album campaign in 2014. We spent the day in an abandoned car park in East London where we shot different set ups that showed off Laura’s artistic side. She wanted the photos to have a Hunger Games feel to them and I think the cinematic look of the images adds to the visual impact.

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Katy B

I was commissioned to photograph Katy B at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London for a Q Magazine live feature. In general, the brief for these types of shoot tends to be pretty straight forward, “Lots of live shots and some reportage stuff”, but I always try to get a couple of posed shots of the artist even though tiny dressing rooms aren‘t the most interesting locations for a shoot.

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B.Traits

This was an interesting shoot and took place in the middle of a major downpour at a dance music festival in north London. I’m a big fan of location shoots but cameras and water don’t mix, and for some reason Canadian DJ B.Traits didn’t like the idea of getting drenched in the rain. At one point the wind and the rain got so bad I had to move the shoot to the inside of the festival tent and use it as an abstract background for some of the images.

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Laura Jones

I flew to Italy with DJ Laura Jones to shoot a feature for a major dance music magazine. The idea was to do the shoot around sunset by Laura’s hotel pool but a severely delayed flight meant we didn‘t arrive till after sunset and ended up doing the shoot after a rather late dinner at 1.30am in the hotel bar and outside the hotel. Laura has a great look and she later personally emailed me to say she loved the photos I took of her that night.

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Kirsty Bertarelli

Kirsty had very specific ideas for the look and feel of the photos and had her assistant email me lots of examples of images that she liked. As usual, there wasn’t much time to do the actual shoot as Kirsty was also filming a music video that day and had a music industry showcase lined up in the evening so 10 minutes is all I got to do the shoot with her.

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Marina Dalmas

Marina Dalmas (or Marina Kaye as she is known as now) won France Has Got Talent a couple of years ago. This was her first proper shoot and I took these photos of her in a studio in north London. On the one hand working with new artists can be fun as they are open to trying out different things, on the other hand the shoots can be rather challenging as they haven’t figured out their best angles and poses yet and can feel really self conscious in front of the camera.

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Giulia Rose

Giulia was another brand new artist whose first press campaign I got to shoot. She was really confident in front of the camera and loved having her photo taken which meant we came away with a wide range of images of her. The bulk of the shoot took place around Covent Garden in central London and we finished off in a studio in the evening.

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Sarah Lou

Location is key and I’m always on the look out for interesting spots that can add another dimension to my images. We headed to Canary Wharf in east London for this shoot where I was promptly informed by two overzealous security guards that I needed to apply for a permit to shoot there. Luckily the stylist and MUA worked their charms and convinced them let us go ahead with the shoot anyway.

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RUBY WOOD

I took these photos of singer/song-writer Ruby Wood on a council estate in central London and the idea was to use a really shallow depth of field to give the images a somewhat dreamy look which would be in contrast to the rough nature of the area.

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SARAH LEES

If someone asked you where you would like to do a photo shoot, the last place you would come up with is a recording studio. However, sometimes you just don’t have a say in the matter so the challenge is to make the location you have to shoot in look as different to what it is as possible. The staircase, the studio’s kitchen, one of the recording rooms and the car park were all used on this particular shoot.

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Pixie Lott

I first shot Pixie Lott in early 2009 and have been fortunate enough to work with her numerous times over the past five years. These portraits were taken on the set of her video for the song ‘Nasty’.

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Hannah Boleyn

Hannah Boleyn is an emerging artist whose press and marketing campaign I shot in late 2014. Here is a selection of images from the shoot.

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Footnote: Photos by Carsten Windhorst / FRPAP.com / Must not be used without permission