For those that follow blog know that I am a firm believer in personal and creative projects pushing client work to new levels. We get a chance to experiment with new lighting concepts and with other creative people all pursuing their passion. Yesterday’s project team included a new model, a new to us fashion designer and a stylist you have seen but in a new role. Lots of energy around in the prep time of the shoot, I blame the green tea and doughnuts. Alondra is our fresh face rocking the Jinxedaposed Clothing line in front of our abandoned barn. Alondra is a total trooper! Just as we started shooting a Texas Blue Norther rolled in dropping the temperature 20 degrees and producing sleet by the end of the shoot. Flowers and sticks were from our friends at Flower Child Design, with first assistant Austin building a sweet rose thorn teepee thing. Jinxedaposed has a bunch of cool projects in her hopper and we are looking forward to working with their designs more in the future. Our stylist for the day is Jenny Lynn who has modeled for us extensively and is adding styling to toolbox.
Our theme for the day was a duality of expressions from Alondra, we wanted both the depressed, anguished jilted lover vibe counting rose petals in a loves me, loves me not phase versus an I am so over them fiery passion. Impressed with Alondra for emoting those emotions when conditions were getting tough. My fingers were almost frozen to the camera when we were finished!
We ran close to the same setup for the two different locations. A boomed silver beauty dish way up high coming almost straight down for our key light. An AlienBee in a sport reflector provided the edge light from way back in the scene to highlight the fallen tree and give that bit of separation from the background. The files were processed in Lightroom4 and Photoshop mostly in Nik Color Efex. I have been really playing with tighter beams of light the last few weeks and really like having the boomed beauty dish or spot grid as a key light. Lots of drama without all the spill on the ground, less light reflecting back into the scene as well.
Thanks again to all who helped out on this project, lets shoot on a warmer date next time!