I find it quite funny how I started writing this post right before we are going shooting at night again. We’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and I can’t wait to tell you all the pros and cons of doing this. Plus they say creative minds are awake at night! I can’t subscribe to this, sometimes my creativity is hibernating and I have to temp it with honey for the mind. For example, all these very early Christmas decoration displays all around London are inspiring me so much. There is something so childlike joyful about flickering lights, don;t you think?
I will start with the pros, and continue with the pros and probably three quarters of the post will be about the advantages of shooting at night in London. I believe all of this will apply to any big, overcrowded city so even if you re not from London, read on. Now the reason both Paul and I love shooting at night is because the streets are emptier so we can get to any location really fast…as fast as you can in London where everything is far. More than that, there will be considerably less people in our pictures so less people distracting you from our well chosen or not always so well chosen background and from my outfit.
I should have gotten over people stopping and watching us really quickly when we were still shooting mostly under daylight, but I must be very honest and tell you that it took me almost a year to get used to this. “What are they shooting?”, “Do you know her?”, but nothing compared to when I have my pointe shoes on – those are like candy for children. Sorry, Mums and Dads when you had to stop because of me 🙂 So another advantage about shooting at night, there’s hardly anybody around to stop and stare.
Although, today happened the cutest thing. We already shot two outfits around midday and at some point a couple is approaching us from behind my back. I can’t see them, but I see Paul pointing to the woman’s feet and smiling and at this point I couldn’t feel any blonder. He never stops like this when we are shooting. Then the couple gets in my view and I see that we were wearing a very similar vinyl pair of trousers and the girl has cheekily said :”We’re matching trousers”. Hihi, cute! And when I remember how shy I used to be when people approached me on the street.
Back to our shooting at night…now I feel like I write as my grandpa used to speak. He started with a subject and when you thought you knew what you were talking about, he already changed the subject several times and you could not remember where it started to save your life.
A huge pro when shooting at night are lights. From working at the theatre, I got such a big fascination for creating the atmosphere with different colour lights coming from different directions. That was slightly different because everything was controlled and “scripted”, but when shooting at night, you will find these games of light spontaneously.
My favourite light that we had so far was in my recent dancey picture with a pink dress. We were on Tower Bridge, at night and the traffic was minimal so the traffic lights were always green. The bridge is blue so it actually reflected a turquoise light which if you know me at all, you know it’s my favourite colour, and on top of that, I was wearing a dusty pink dress. Yumm combo!
Not many cons, but if you must I can tell you that with the camera we have now, I am not the happiest with the quality of our night pictures. On one hand, I light the roughness, almost like a painting of the grainy image, but on the other, I am a little perfectionist who wished everything was as sharp as a knife…I would use for the yummi watermelon I have in the fridge at the moment.
Fun fact about shooting at night: there are so many paparazzi in London. When we shot around The Ritz Hotel, there were at least 7 and they probably shot somebody who they shouldn’t have because the security guards were on them and the situation was quite tense…let’s just say, I do not enjoy being around them.
Another disadvantage would be the weather. If you live in a windy city like London, at night it has the “gift” of getting even colder and windier so be prepared for goosebumps or shaky knees. My trick to this is that I start jumping around while posing. So now you know, if we’re shooting at night and you see a lot of dancey, jumpy pictures, that must mean that I was at least slightly cold or that I am singing Drake and Bad Bunny’s song in my head: “Dile que tu eres mia, mia”
Now my question to you: which of our pictures do you prefer more? The daylight ones or the ones at night? Now with this many Christmas lights I must warn you that you might be seeing more night pictures than before…which was 0…but we will definitely try to shoot during the day, before it gets too crowded for the holidays.