London Pacific Fashion Week 2020
Creative Director Ana Lavekau
Photographer @Tim Copsey
Designers saint_fina & Silpa Grg
MUA @Fefe Sawa
Hair @ Zejnije Musa
Model Maura Dudás
I took a little moment during a photo shoot with model Jenny Zhang to make this short video.
Model: Jenny Zhang (Linden Staub Agency)
Videographer: Tim Copsey
Photographer: Tim Copsey Model: Maura Dudas
During the Covid-19 Pandemic we have had to adjust the way we live our lives in an attempt to protect the maximum amount of lives. One of the measures has been social distancing, which in practical terms has meant keeping 2m away from people that do not live with you in your household. This physical distancing that is obviously for the common good has also had the negative consequences of not being able to have physical contact with people outside of your household. As the Lockdown measures started to ease in England to enable a photoshoot to take place, I wanted to create some images that reflect this period of history. Here are some of the images:-
I have recently completed a portfolio update for a multi-talented young lady by the name of Cerys Wrigley-Moss.
Cerys Wrigley-Moss, is a 19 year old model and actress. She started modelling at 14 and since then she has walked in many shows, from London Fashion Week to Milan Fashion Week to Paris Fashion Week walking for the likes of Vin and Omi, Chanel Joan Elkayam, Jasper Garvida, and Fashion Scout for designers such as John Herrera, Billie Jacobina, Constanzia Yuraskho and many more. As well as walking in many shows, she has also modeled in many magazine shoots and international designer campaigns, as well as look books, and editorials: She has been in British Vogue, both in the Magazine and online, Vogue Italia, Harper’s Bazaar, Love Magazine, Forbes, Elle, Marie Claire and a range of online publications and Blog posts. Not only this she has been featured on the Piccadilly Circus billboard as well many bus stops around London. On top of all this modeling, she is an agency signed actress having played featured (and extra) roles in films, commercials, educational campaigns, short films, music videos such as the Assassins Creed Movie, BBC Christmas Commercial, MacDonalds Commercial, Case Files and others. She has just finished a year at East 15 Acting School, one of the top drama schools in the UK (as part of the federation of drama schools).
Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic I have continued to create photographic images but my normal method of being in the same space as the subject had to change to being remotely connected via the internet. There are a number of ways to achieve a virtual/remote photoshoot and I will describe here the main approach I have adopted.
The fundamentals of a remote shoot are the same as are required for a real world photoshoot:- You need a photographer and a willing subject. The photographer needs to know how to compose an image, be able to communicate their wishes, listen to and act on the ideas of the subject, understand how light works. The main difference to a real world photoshoot in the method I use is that an app (e.g. Zoom/Facetime) and the subject’s mobile phone is used instead of a camera (other methods are sometimes available where the subject has a dslr camera and can allow the photographer to remotely adjust settings). To be clear this is not a selfie as the photographer presses the virtual shutter when they want to capture the image, with my method this means taking a screengrab, so the decision of what moment to capture remains with the photographer as it would in a real world shoot. There are many similarities to a real world photoshoot but some things have become very evident to me after conducting so many of these shoots: – A strong stable internet connection is crucial, the photographer needs to be prepared to give lots and lots of polite instructions e.g. where to ask the model to position the phone/camera for each set of shots,as well as direction for poses etc, so it is crucial that both parties know what is involved before participating.
The pandemic has been a nightmare for the creative community as it has been for so many people but remote shooting has helped my creative well being to stay healthy. In addition an enormous helping of fun has been had during the shoots which has been very helpful in these difficult times.
Will I continue with Remote/Virtual shoots when I can return to conventional shooting? Yes, I would love continue in addition to conventional shoots.
Many images from my remote shoots available to view on https://www.instagram.com/timcopseyphotography/
and in The Virtual World Exhibition