I’m very proud of this shoot for Portland Bride & Groom for a number of reasons.
1 – Even though it’s a fashion and still life piece, the look of the work is very much my style. I like to think of myself as a stylistic photographer, so I love it when a shoot comes out very different from my main niches, yet looks like something I would shoot.
2 – The still life shots were done using available light, but the model shots were done using Profoto strobes. I’ve tried a number of things to replicate the look of window light artificially, but never was quite happy with the result. On this shoot, I discovered something that was a huge breakthrough for me technically. I usually try a bounce light first which I did here with two heads with magum reflectors bouncing into a white panel. The “ah ha” moment came when I put two 4×8 diffusion panels close to the model to soften the light even more and that created a wrap around light that looks natural. I also added a little kicker light off a silver reflector for the catchlights and to reduce the shadow side of her face a tad. I’ve used the same technique a number of times since this shoot and it’s just a fantastic go to when you don’t have available light to work with. Here’s a diagram:
3 – I thought the skin retouching I did on the model came out really beautiful and natural. Honestly, she really didn’t much and Celena Rubin did an excellent job with the hair & makeup, but the light pass I did really made her pop in print. The best part is it took my no time at all using onOne’s PhotoTools plugin for Photoshop.
Here are the rest of the tearsheets. Credits below.