A little Mad Men style from our engagement session yesterday. Andrew and Cathie were in that group who when asked if they wanted traditional or creative, they looked at each other, grinned and said “Creative!”. I have been wanting to do a Mad Men style shoot since I got hooked on the show a few years back, and we finally found willing participants! They came to the set at PBK Stem & Stein with lots of clothes options, props and accessories and we also had a stylist on set looking coordinating outfits and looks. All that was left for me to do was light the sets and get the emotions right, no small feat, but hey what else was I to do. I would also share my sketches of the shots that I wanted, but I don’t want to lose my artist card, ha!
The toughest part is getting the tight lighting and ambient of the show to balance in a live, moving peices photoshoot. I think we got pretty close. We mainly used an 86 inch parabolic umbrella to set our base exposure. Then had a speedlight in a 25 degree grid for the faces, and we sometimes used a 24×36 softbox for edges and highlights.
So let’s tell our own little visual narrative: A couple is meeting illicitly, a little flirting, and then their escape through the paparazzi down the stair way.
And yes, real bourbon was harmed in the making of these photographs.