Two hours before the sun set, Kristine (model) and my helpers Arin and Sammy got started on the shoot. It would have been very difficult to produce anything without Arin and Sammy. To the left facing Kristine was a soft box that was tied to two cinder blocks and even then Sammy had to hold onto the light stand with all her force at certain times because it was SO windy. Arin was a great help to with lighting and held a gold reflector to the right of Kristine reflecting the sun as it set into the horizon.
I couldn’t have gotten more lucky with weather, the wind was manageable and really helped get the tool into the air, the sun right before the shoot peaked out of the clouds and added a glow that allowed Arin to use the reflector. Fluffy white clouds covered the sky close to the horizon giving separation from the blue sky.
Some challenges I faced included keeping Kristine’s heels from sinking into the field, to solve this problem we found two flat rocks and stuck them in the ground so that she could prop her heel on them to support her ankles.
Another challenge was keeping the tool up into the air when the wind died down. For this Sammy would hold the tool extended out, throw it up and run out of the frame so that I could get the shot.
Half way through the shoot I had Kristine take off her shoes which allowed her to move more freely. In the two photographs below Kristine doesn’t have shoes on and I don’t think it takes away from the photo at all. It turned out pretty well!
Lauren was a lot of fun to work with. At the beginning of our session I was guiding her into positions and within a few minutes she was coming up with her own ideas. Soon enough the only guidance I had was small movement changes and positive reinforcement! It was nice to be able to put more of my focus on how everything was turning out. We both had a lot of fun with it and I plan on working with her again! Lauren has the best pageant smile but I noticed in quite a few of the photos that it wasn’t giving me a dramatic fashion look that I was searching for. I believe in some situations smiles can go along way but for me the image below was more compelling!
I had this idea for the lighting set up that I wanted to use a strobe with a snoot to have a dramatic lighting background creating an oval where the red would be seen from the snoot and the outside of the oval be black. With the two lights (umbrella and soft box) set up on either side of Lauren, the light was balanced and the effect didn’t take place. To keep this from happening I should have tried moving the soft box directly in front of Lauren and moving it higher above pointing down at her. Lauren being a resident assistant and full-time student only had a small gap of time we could work with not allowing me enough time to keep changing up the lighting. I plan on going back into the studio to test this again so I can know for myself how to execute it if I ever wanted to use this technique in the future. If I were to do anything different, I would have had a friend come in ahead of time and practice the lighting on them until I got it exactly how I wanted it before working with my model.