Chris Jarvis works in London on all things digital, with photography as his side passion. Chris has been shooting for about 5 years now and he’s carved a slight niche for himself shooting a lot for little lingerie brands. This is his second feature on herbeautymag, check the first one here.
How did the idea for the series come about?
A guy I was shooting recommended me this crazy girl he knew that was a great model. So when I had a test shoot cancelled last minute, I gave this model a shout to see if she was free to step in and she was! So it was all quite impromptu with little planning; I threw together a moodboard but that was about it.
How do you approach these intimate shoots?
I don’t tend to approach shoots with the intention of them being intimate, I guess (or hope) that side of things comes across in the selection of wardrobe and how relaxed the model is on the day. I’m lucky enough to be able to get my hands on some great lingerie and I never shoot anyone in anything they’re not comfortable in. Thats really important – if the model’s not comfortable then it’s going to show in the images. Similarly I don’t often give much direction, beyond moodboards or highlighting shots that I think work well whilst we shoot. The most intimate shots are ones that have just happened without any input from me and I’d hope that’s because the model feels at ease.
Do you always shoot on film?
I’m trying to more now. I’ve gotten into the habit now of shooting stills on film and digital as well as video all at once, rotating between cameras and lenses quite quickly. I’d love to say that I’m ready to give up digital and full embrace shooting on film but I don’t think I’m there yet!
Is London still a place to be for budding photographers/artists?
I think so. There’s some amazing talent in this city – most of the photographers I follow are here. But saying that, I tend to shoot from my home studio out of town, in Kent!