Bit of a selection here...
My BOYS series began in March 2014 when I was given my FMP brief at Uni. I somehow came up with a plan to shoots boys and eventually use the photographs I created and get them printed into a newspaper. When I look back at who I was and the work I was creating back then, I can't help but cringe a little as the me then and the me now are two very different people. I am a whole load more confident, more experienced and more focused on where I see myself and my work going. I have had a few knock backs in life but have always picked myself up, dusted off and tried again and that is the best way to be!
I am not going to feature all of my work as there would be a LOT and the blog post would simply go on for days on end but I have picked out some of my favourite shots. I hope you enjoy! It will be interesting to do this post again in December 2015 and compare the work my future work to my older work.. and possibly cringe some more!
The first boy I ever shot was a boy called James. I felt under a lot of pressure as this was for my Uni FMP and James was from quite a big agency. James was a dream to work with and since that sunny day in East London when we shot together, I have been so motivated in building my BOYS project and for that I thank him.
I have a publication coming out later this month in Carnival Magazine featuring my editorial titled Brighton Boy. I am incredibly proud of this editorial as I collaborated with a makeup artist who understood the brief I sent her straight away and I actually styled the shoot myself. Carnival Magazine have also interviewed me for the magazine about my work so definitely keep your eyes peeled for Issue 03 that I am featured in! Here is some of that editorial..
I then worked with a new agency and shot a beautiful boy called Cameron. Again, a dream to work with. I had my first problem in terms of my imagery of this shoot being stolen which was definitely an experience to learn from but it was all sorted in the end! I was incredibly lucky with the weather on this day as I remember it being very warm meaning I could work a lot with shadows and contrast.
Next we will move onto everyone's favourite man I've shot.. Treve Stevens. Treve was one of the easiest people I have worked with in terms of he knew what images he wanted by the end of the shoot and when we compared our mood boards via the booker it turned out our ideas were completely the same. Bulls Eye! Treve I know is doing incredibly well at the moment so it was a pleasure to contribute towards his expanding portfolio.
And finally I'll wrap up this post with my two favourite shoots I shot towards the end of this year. Agaaaain, another brand new agency and two great models. I collaborated with a full team this time (MUA and stylist) and am happy to say we got some great images. Here's Wouter and Arthur...
Don't forget to check out my website! I add a lot of video work and shoots that I don't necessarily advertise on social media. www.ashleighdougherty.com
Let me know what you would like to see more of in 2015... more boys or are you intrigued to see what my girls work would look like?