This shot proves how the camera angle and composition can transform a model’s look. Annie is only 5’1 at best maybe 5’2. This shot makes her look very tall. Her pose, legs and hand placement gave this look a real classic feel. So I gave the image a sephia look to compliment those things. She said she never felt taller in her life.
Model: Annie Ruiz
This concept came about as a complete accident. On the previous look Cheri applied lipstick to the side of her face to cover a blemish. As she changed to her next look she got lipstick on her white shirt. Fearing that it would ruin the shoot she was down and dejected. I on the other hand have always been an eternal optimist. “Hey let’s try something new. Put some on your face and put more on your shirt, and let’s see what happens.” The result was a transformation of a model. Instead of trying to look pretty she went wicked and her entire demeanor changed. Now instead of trying to be something she saw some else be, she could be her on entity.
This brought out more of her creativity in terms of posing and it changed the way I lit her. Now she was more dynamic and in your face so I went for a more direct lighting scheme. In the post processing I decided to emphasize the red. So what started out as an accident ended up stretching us both out creatively . And unknown at the moment, it will also be inspiration for another project that we could create a few weeks later. Which goes to show sometimes its just better to go with the flow. You never know what’s going to give birth to the next idea.
Model: Cheri A’more
I went into this shoot looking do a beauty shot using three point lighting against a black background. My idea was to have a model in formal dress maybe with gloves, like a socialite out on the town. The challenge for me lighting-wise was to have her lit beautifully without the black background standing out. I used a beauty dish camera left, large soft box camera right and a gridded hard light coming from over her shoulder as hair light. The model picked out a dress that was pretty formal, but the model didn’t bring a necklace. This left her neck bare and somewhat distracting. We decided to use a spindle of twine I had lying around the studio as a neck a neckpiece. It added texture and also another color that somehow made the photo work better.
What I learned from this shoot was to be resourceful and the value of a three point setup against a black drop. The lighting made the model stand out more. I put a little magic in the post production to accent her hair, the twine and gloves. I was very satisfied with the results.
Model: Jay R. Jackson