Plymouth Photographer: Face of Plymouth 2012 winner Amy Miles
Posted on September 15, 2012
Having recently relocated to South Devon, Plymouth is now my nearest city. With this in mind, I thought I would share a recent photo-shoot with the Face of Plymouth 2012 winner Amy Miles.
As a Plymouth photographer who is relatively new to the area, I’m keen to explore new environmental locations for photography whenever I get chance. This photo-shoot gave me an opportunity to test some of the potential for portrait photography with Plymouth woodlands.
I only had time with Amy for a brief shoot as she had other commitments on the day, but whilst walking through the area I noticed many more opportunities for portrait photography to be explored on future commissions. The style of this particular shoot was beauty / fashion, however, the woodlands around Plymouth Devon / Cornwall would also make a great location for personal lifestyle or fantasy art portrait photography.
What is the Face of Plymouth?
The Face of Plymouth is an annual competition organised by local newspaper ‘The Herald’. It is sponsored by the Plymouth shopping mall Drake Circus and other local businesses. Each year since 2006 both male and female ambassadors have been chosen to represent the city of Plymouth, and a finals event with six judges is held at the Plymouth Pavilions. Winning the competition might just be the first step to further success. The 2007 Face of Plymouth winner Charlotte Holmes went on to win Miss England 2012, and made it to the final 15 out of the 117 Miss World competitors. Charlotte also experienced reality TV fame as a contestant on TV series ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’.
Amy Miles – Face of Plymouth 2012
Amy Miles competed against 189 female applicants to win the Face of Plymouth 2012 title in July. Amy has a while yet to decide what part modeling will play in her future, as she continues to study for her degree in Business Management at the University of Plymouth.
Below are a selection of images from the shoot. Feel free to leave comments at the end.
For the next image, I created two different edits. I felt that the image had an ‘enchanted wood’ feel to it, and inspired by the local fairy trails in the woods I added an element of fantasy in post production. I posted both versions on my Facebook Page earlier this week for public feedback to see which people preferred. I often find that tastes and opinions on photography are split, and the same was true with this post production enhancement. At the time of writing 11 people preferred the original photo, and 15 preferred the enhanced fantasy edit.
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