SCP Shoot: Capturing Warm & Embracing Tones to Depict Local Presbyterian Support Stalwart

SCP Client:

Presbyterian Support East Coast. PSEC delivers approximately $11 million worth of vital social services throughout the East Coast region, with the help of 220 staff and over 200 volunteers.

Date, Time & Location:

Photographed on a balmy Hawke's Bay summer day in 2017-18, the shoot locations included Te Mata Peak and the majestic landmark that is St Columba's Presbyterian Church in Havelock North.

The Brief:

The central subject for this shoot was lifetime stalwart of Presbyterian Support East Coast, Barb Lucas. The images were to be used in an editorial to appear in the Winter 2018 edition of the PSEC magazine.

While shooting Barb, SCP also took the opportunity to capture the interior of St Columba's in Havelock North. The church is a notable architectural feature of the village with its unique lines and fantastic stained glass windows.

SCP's Solution:

The shoot began atop the peak on an overcast day, which is ideal for portrait photography as light is more evenly spread and there is less need (or no need in this instance) for additional lighting such as strobes or a flash.

Down in the village, at the church, the interior's very low ambient light levels meant we did require extra lighting by way of strobes with soft-boxes. With one strobe on the left and another on the right, we were able to light Barb's head and shoulders to make her 'pop' out of the background. We were also able to include the multi-coloured windows in the shot.

The Final Cut:

The resulting images carried comforting warm tones to reflect the embracing ethos of PSEC. The main shot of Barb inside St Columba's popped as intended and this allowed it to be used as a striking full-page image in the magazine.