Last week, I had the pleasure of shooting in the studio with Maddy, an aspiring teenaged model. The long-scheduled shoot was set for January 2, but a big winter storm was expected in the afternoon and Maddy and her mom were coming from over an hour’s drive away. So we decided to start early in the morning, worked hard, finished by noon and were able to get them home before the big snowfall hit. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Faithful readers will recognize my “beauty” lighting setup in the image above. We had two bright lights bouncing off the paper backdrop and you can see some of that light wrapping around the sides of Maddy’s hair and face. A third light, a beauty dish, was centered just over the camera, aimed down at a 45 degree angle. Finally, I had a reflector just below the frame to bounce a bit of light back into her face. If you look carefully at the eyes, you’ll see the bright catchlights of the beauty dish in the upper part of each eye, and more subtle reflections of the reflector in the bottom of each eye. The eyes can often reveal how an image is lit.
Faithful readers will also remember I often try to get hands into portraits. Maddy has beautiful hands (and was wearing fun fake nails), so we worked them into many of our pictures.
Thanks, Maddy, for a great shoot. You are a joy to work with. And thanks to your mom, Pam, for all her terrific help as a photo assistant!
Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
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