Photographer // Kathryn Jolly
I purchased three French provincial, ivory coloured dresses. I simply had to have them. They evoked all sorts of possibilities in my head for creating images. I knew, for instance, who my first two models would be. One (pictured) was going to be my daughter. The other, a petite child I stalked at my child’s school, who’s mother I begged to let me photograph. She said Yes, and the Three Dresses Project was born.
I knew exactly what I was going to do, as if the images were in my head just waiting to get out. I love that. It makes my life easy. All I have to do is set up and shoot.
I am a natural light portrait photographer in Sydney, Australia. I have a love/hate relationship with natural light. On some days we are best firends and some days it just makes me want to cry!
Oh, the unpredictable, ever changing, ever present, beautiful, natural light — how you drive me mad! My main portrait subjects are older children. I love facial nuances, interesting but unforced body poses, and the raw, unapologetic beauty of children.
I decided to use window light as the main light source for these images. I covered my shiny wooden floor with some dark fabric and let the light fall off as it may. The model was lit from the front. It’s a simple set up that you can do in any large room.
I used my Canon 5D MK II with a 50mm f/1.4lens. It was the only lens I own that would allow me to fit the model and window without distortion.
Go to my blog to find more shots from the Three Dresses Project .