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Studio workshop

Studio workshop

conceptual, portrait, Göteborg, dreads, dreadlocks, medieval, magic, fantasy, sorceress, witch, enchantress, dress, forest
If you like this portrait of Rania with her gorgeous dreads, don’t miss the conceptual portrait ‘She walks with colours’ where Rania lets them out and truly got to be in her true element in this medieval/fantasy image!


The portrait “Rania” above I created in a photo studio project a few weeks into our first term at Fotoskolan i Göteborg. It began with a studio workshop at DDR GBG that are run by Magnus Cimmerbeck and Magnus Johansson here in Göteborg (Gothenburg). Magnus & Magnus are two awesome and talented dudes who were nothing but nice, fun, and helpful and they both made the day a total blast. Starting with several cups of coffee, buns and cakes, we had a long and good discussion about the lives of photographers, how to make it in a tough business, and M&M gave us tips and tricks and their point of view…

We were amazed by their studio/office space and I must say that it was close to exactly how I would like it myself… Also, we got the opportunity to practice our studio skills with a lot of good help from M&M.

We were given a task to choose an image that we found interesting and that was shot in a studio, and later in the school studio try to replicate the lighting that were used in that shot by shooting a model of our choice. I knew straight away that I wanted to photograph my classmate Rania who is not only an awesome girl but also has an amazing look that I find very interesting. And she chose to shoot me, and if you want to have a look at the result here it is over at her blog: “Jenny” and also at “Jenny again”. We had lots of fun in the studio. Until we managed to break one of the lamps…

A week later M&M came to our school to review what we had done and to discuss our work, comparing the original photo with our own version. Another great day with a lot of good laughs.

Johan Ekström who is awesome at lighting and photoshop had created a shot that caused the class to break out in chattering and turbulence and everyone wanted to study the photo up close.

The absolute favorite of mine was done by my classmate Helena below who recreated one of the famous portraits of Tyra Banks from Italian Vogue, with another classmate as a model… a guy called Morten. And she had done it so beautifully. I fell in love with the portrait straight away. Click the image to see it bigger.

Kudos to Magnus & Magnus for giving so much of their knowledge and making the studio workshop so much fun. Check out their work at DDR GBG.


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  1. Rania · November 22, 2011 Reply

    Magnus and Magnus sure were awesome, that was probably one of the best weeks in school, it was so much fun! I should try and dare get back into the studio soon…

    Loving the picture of me! Thanks :D

  2. Another piece of Me « Rania Maria Photography · November 22, 2011 Reply

    […] Jenny took of me during our studio workshop week in school (she did a nice blogpost about it here)? Well, recently she sent another piece from that shoot, and I love this one a lot […]

  3. Sugarbearsteve · November 22, 2011 Reply

    I love that studio…I get one bedroom in our house, so it looks huge!

  4. Clive and Rosey · December 9, 2011 Reply

    Jenny – Great series and great story. How blessed you are to be part of this workshop and photography path in general. Keep up the good work. I do enjoy reading your stories. Love and blessings from the Land Down Under, Clive and Rosey xxxxx

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    • jennyjacobsson · May 2, 2013 Reply

      Hey there Deborah,

      Actually, I’m using WordPress for this blog. And I must say I absolutely love it. I’ve been working with another platform before but that was really messy and non-instructive. But with WordPress I’ve had no problems and it’s really easy to use. So I really can’t suggest any other platform I’m afraid.

      Best of luck and let me know it you find another great platform!

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