Urban Portraits of Winona

After a busy summer with food photography, I finally got the time to start working on my portraiture ideas with a model. This time, I had the honor to shoot with Winona Mestrand in Brighton.

Originally from Denmark, she’s an actress, model and artist now based in Brighton. She’s a natural in front of the lens and got involved in every part of these projects bringing in a lot of ideas and awesome poses.

Our first session was a mid-afternoon shoot with Brighton’s street art as a background. I had a mix of ideas for this shoot, some stuff I’ve liked from Helmut Newton and some other people I follow. I wanted to produce tasteful and somehow elegant shots combined with the rough edge of the streets.

Winona M Lewis-21
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog
Winona M Lewis-04
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog
Winona M Lewis-08
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog
Winona M Lewis-20
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog
Winona M Lewis-24
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog
Winona M Lewis-11
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog

 

During this shoot, Winona mentioned she’d love to do a night-time moody shoot. I’ve been looking at neon light portraiture so we arranged for a second shoot a couple of weeks later. This time we used The Lanes and all the shops and galleries around as lighting tools. It’s so cool to do this type of photography as you can go crazy with the white balance and have a more dramatic effect, what I loved about this is the cinematic effect that pops out pretty much straight out of the camera.

 

Winona M Lewis-28
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog
Winona M Lewis-29
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog
Winona M Lewis-30
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog

 

Lastly, when I heard Storm Brian was hitting Brighton I had this idea of getting some beauty and fashion style shoot with the crazy weather in the background.

 

Portrait & Fashion Photography
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog
Portrait & Fashion Photography
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog
Portrait & Fashion Photography
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog

 

The idea wasn’t bad but it proved a bit uncomfortable for both of us; still, Winona saved the day nailing some awesome poses!

 

Portrait & Fashion Photography
©Xavier D. Buendia / StrayTog

 

Follow Winona on Instagram and on her Star Now Profile.

I strongly recommend her as a model, she’s got a great attitude and a super cool vibe, it’s a pleasure working with her!

If you’re a model and would like to collaborate on a portrait project, Get in touch here