Couple Beach Lifestyle Stock Photography Photoshoot.

A little bit about the Photoshoot.

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This couples lifestyle shoot took place at Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall on a late September afternoon.

My second time working with more than one model, the first time was with gettyimages, and they arranged the models, wardrobe, locations, art directors etc.

On this photo shoot, that was all my job. Production is a job in itself.

I’d worked with the male model two days previous on a surf-themed photo shoot, but neither of us had worked with the female model.

I was a little worried the models would feel uncomfortable pretending to be a couple. However, they both were relaxed and nailed it.

If you would like to work with either, their Instagrams are Male Model, Female Model.

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Gear used; Nikon D850 + 24-70 f2.8.

Get rich quick with Stock Photography : )

Stock Photography earnings.
Stock Photography in Use.

The sad state of stock photography.

I remember when I saw this image on the advertisement for flights to Newquay, quite excited to see a picture in use. I emailed the model a copy, and he’s already seen it at Newquay airport.

So then the next question is, how much did I earn from my image in a national ad campaign? drum roll . . . . .
$0.78, so about 50 pence.

Stock Photography, get rich quick : )

Beach Yoga Stock photography Lifestyle Photoshoot.

A little bit about this photoshoot.

Beach yoga Lifestyle Photoshoot.
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Yoga Lifestyle Stock Photography Shoot.

I had one week in June to create stock images. Unfortunately, I’d chosen a week with 40+ MPH winds and four seasons in 15-minute intervals.
I had to make the best of a bad situation.
I had two Photoshoots with this model; he’s versatile, a surfer, lifeguard, yoga instructor.
I decided to use a new camera, the Fuji X-T2. My trusty Nikon D800 had excellent image quality, but it’s wasn’t good at quick lifestyle photoshoots. Poor side focus hit rates, slow FPS meant a lot of missed shots.

When we arrived at the beach, torrential rain, so we waited, 15 minutes later, blazing early evening summer sunshine.

The Fuji X-T2 didn’t perform as well as hoped. It struggled to focus on the backlit model, and at the end of the shoot, it crashed.

The little Fuji is a good camera, but I did hit a few weaknesses with it on this shoot. Small buffer, struggles to focus in heavily backlit situations, prone to crashing (now fixed with firmware updates).

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Beach Holiday Lifestyle Stock Photography shoot.

A little bit about my most successful lifestyle shoot.

Stock Photography Beach holiday Lifestyle.
Stock beach holiday lifestyle photoshoot, licence exclusively at

This shoot was late September in Cornwall. I had one week, my stock income was in free fall, I’d just got a tax refund and decided to blow it on hiring two models for coastal lifestyle shoots.

Things always go wrong : ) The forecast was terrible, wind and rain. I cancelled the shoot initially, but the model wanted the shoot as she had invested time and money in preparation.
So we went ahead, we started shooting walking along the cliffs around Porthcurno, it was overcast and on/off light rain. When we got to the beach, well we got fortunate, the sun came out. Beach holiday lifestyle shots in the rain don’t work : )
The model was brilliant giving happy, carefree looks with ease. She even was happy to play in the sea, and it was freezing : )

This photo shoot turned out to be my most successful model shoot to date.

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Gear used.
Nikon D800, 24-70 F2.8, 7-200 f2.8 VRII. Sony A6000+16-50 lens in Meikon underwater housing.

Trevose Lighthouse, Cornwall.

Trevose Lighthouse.
Aerial view over Trevose Lighthouse. (C) John Shepherd.

The Image is taken from the window of a Cessna 152 on a chartered photography flight from Newquay airport with FLY Newquay.
My first attempt at aerial photography, I’d watched a couple of tutorials and read a few things.
It’s pretty challenging photographing from the plane, it’s a small two-seater, the window pushes up in a flap motion, and the speed of the aircraft keeps it in place. It’s very cramped and tricky to get the shots, the wheel and the wing means you are limited in your angles.
I’d certainly like to do it again, but it’s pretty costly.

Camera: Nikon D850 Lens 70-200mm f2.8 VRII.

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