I met Salima at a New Years party at the Bristol city museum when she and her friends were placed on the same table as me and my friends. Amongst the small talk and wine drinking we soon realised we lived in the same city on the other side of the country. I'm pretty much addicted to portraiture so asked if she'd be up for letting me take her portrait back in London one day and she agreed. Four months later and the city is finally slipping from the icy grips of winter and the sun is starting to force it's warmth back into the streets. So we arranged to meet. The actual evening was a little chillier than the previous few days with a cool wind taking the edge off the day. But we found a few locations in the trees which afforded some shelter while still allowing the late sun to sprinkle a few rays in our direction.
For someone who hasn't done this sort of thing before Salima had a natural ease in front of the camera and only needed a tiny bit of direction. Warm natural light and a warm smile made for fantastic portraits. Just occasionally i added a small hand held reflector for a little extra highlight in Salima's eyes.
All shot using my Canon 50mm f1.2 lens which gives such a great look to the photographs with it's creamy shallow depth of field pushing the background out of focus and drawing attention to Salima's eyes and smile.