The genesis of this shoot was a conversation I was having with Adrian at Revelry Beauty as we talked about ways we could push our work forward this summer. One tangent led to another secant and we came up with the idea of a couple that must say goodbye to each other even while the love is still there. Lots of angst and anguish and Victorian clothes at the cool venue of Dunvegan Keep in South Austin. This shoot provided a personal project for each of us to experiment with in different dimensions.
One of the tenets that we have been working under the last few years is to continually push our photographic boundaries both in business (not the topic of this post) and in technique. This particular session was an exercise in shooting stills and video with one light setup. In the past we have our video lights and our strobe lights and it get’s to be a mess on set, plus longer times for setup and breakdown, not the best idea in the expanding Texas heat. For this shoot then we rented an Arri 1k light from lensrentals.com and a video crane. The 1k light turned out much bigger and hotter than I expected (wear gloves!). The upshot was learning that we can shoot stills and video and almost the same time with little changes to either team. The video is below and we shot both the video and stills in about 3 hours which I feel is great turnaround time and one of the benefits of this type of setup.
We really strive to push our limits in our personal projects so that we can cross over the skills we learn into our client time. In this way we keep our client work fresh and innovative by nudging it more and more forward. Let me know if you have any questions on our light setups or other tech questions.
Thanks to Nicole and Jonathan for wearing 19th century clothes in Texas heat, humidity and mosquitoes.