Studio Revival: Frances on Film

It’s certainly been a while since I’ve had anyone in front of my camera, and it’s been even longer since I worked in a studio setting. Before I left England almost 4 years ago, I had a modest studio set up in my tiny flat where I started experimenting with lighting, but then I up and moved to the southern hemisphere and it’s all been in storage since.

I’ve had a strange time settling and unsettling in Brighton since I got back from Australia in April last year and haven’t had much head space to organise any shoots, but turns out sometimes all you need is another like-minded soul to give you that spark of inspiration to create.

My good friend, stylist and illustrator Rebecca de Havas has a lovely flat filled with natural light that I thought would be perfect to set up my old studio and run a test shoot, so I dug everything out of storage and we created a little set filled with gorgeous props, such as Rebecca’s Grandmother’s easel and pot of paintbrushes, some antique tables and various house plants.

We had a range of looks from Rebecca’s own collection including pieces from TOAST and Wolf & Gypsy Vintage, as well as jewellery and artwork provided by local homeware stockist The Neutral Store. Rebecca’s younger sister Frances de Havas travelled to Brighton to model for us and did a stunning job following direction and portraying the look we were trying to achieve.

The cherry on top was being able to shoot this on 35mm film, which really enhanced the romantic aesthetic and has solidified my love for the medium with it’s texture and rawness. I’d love to know which shot is your favourite in the comments below!

All photos shot with a Canon AE-1 on Kodak Portra 400.

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Photographer: Ellen Richardson
Stylist/Art Director: Rebecca de Havas
Model: Frances de Havas

Jewellery: Common Muse
Print: James Wilson
Supplier: The Neutral Store

Patterned dress: TOAST
Blue jacket, cream dress: Wolf & Gypsy Vintage
Beret: Le Béret Français

New Project: B&W Studio Portraiture

I'm SO excited to announce that I'm starting a new personal project!

I've been waiting for a new muslin backdrop for the past few months, so in the meantime I completely re-arranged my living space and threw out loads of furniture and possessions to make space for a permanent little home studio!

I obviously had to test it out with a self-portrait, and I'm very excited by the results. What do you think?

This project is massively inspired by David Bailey.

Self-Portrait / Ellen Richardson

Over the next few months I'll be shooting various girls for some super moody portraits, you can view my inspiration on my Pinterest board.

This project is massively inspired by David Bailey. I've always known of his work but I recently stumbled upon a video where Rankin was trying to recreate one of Bailey's iconic photographs, and to see the pair working in the studio just sparked something inside of me.

Watch how I work when creating a self-portrait in my new home studio!

I'm still new to studio photography so this will be a great learning curve, but hopefully one that will open a new door in my journey.