Jade Keshia Gordon is a professional beauty and fashion photographer based in London. She has been making portraits for over a decade, developing her own unique style. She began her career in street portraiture, working with bloggers, YouTubers and influencers in the London area.
We recently caught up with her to find out how she got into photography, learn her tips for photographing people in the studio and on the street, and the essential camera kit she couldn’t live without.
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“I soon realized I wanted a career as a photographer when I was preparing to go to college, but by mid-2011 I already had paying clients – so I took the plunge and decided to follow my heart, committing myself fully to portrait photography.
“In the beginning I needed to get noticed, that’s one of the reasons I worked with bloggers and influencers when possible. I’m a huge advocate for representation and body positivity, so I will be working closely with models from a variety of backgrounds. It’s important to me to work with plus-size models as well, as this group is often underrepresented in the industry.For this reason, I have great relationships throughout the industry, with regular customers, such as Nella Rose and WMNS Wear, as well as models I know well. and on which I can count.
“I’ve always used Canon. I love the speed of my EOS 5D Mark IV: I find no lag when shooting, which is fantastic for fast shots. I also love the ease of use and understanding of the menu. simple, but the different sections of the menu make it much more intuitive for me, which means I can spend less time setting up my camera and more time taking pictures!”
See more brilliant Jade portraits at instagram.
“I upgraded my camera from the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to the Mark IV version and, I have to say, the new DSLR has revolutionized the way I take pictures. The quality of the images, thanks to the high megapixels, allows me to constantly obtain super sharp photos. I also like that it has a touchscreen, which I always use to flick through the portraits I’ve just taken, and zoom in to make sure they’re totally in focus.
“It’s the most versatile lens I have, as it allows me to shoot at 24mm wide to include more of the surrounding urban environment (useful for my street portraits), or zoom in to 70mm for a tighter compressed perspective. Love it has a wide, constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, which gives me a wonderfully shallow depth of field. This is my favorite “everyday lens”.
03.Profoto A1 Flash
“It’s the perfect flash for me as it delivers studio quality images even when you’re outdoors. I shoot both in my studio and outdoors and it’s perfect for both scenarios. The Profoto A1 is without a doubt the most powerful flash I have ever used so I never feel like I need more power I also like the amount of control it offers I have the feeling of using the lights that many studios are equipped with.
“This fantastic macro lens from Canon brings all my beauty shots to life. It allows me to get very close-ups for more personal portraits and to focus on details like the eyes. Shooting with a macro lens can be tricky, as the depth of field is very shallow even at narrow apertures like f/22, but once you get the hang of it the results are definitely worth it.”
“My trusty reflector is the gift that keeps giving me. If I ever find myself in a situation where my model has more shadow than light, I use it to bounce some light back onto her face to make sure it’s evenly lit It works great with ambient sunlight, as well as flash It goes with me everywhere – it’s just super versatile and you never know when it’ll come in handy .
06. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
“I jokingly call my 85mm my ‘influencer’ lens because I tend to use it when shooting influencers and content creators. They all seem to like the compressed perspective and super depth of field. I can create with the /1.8 maximum aperture. I often adjust it a bit, around f/2, to give me a bit more sharpness.”
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