not long ago i had the pleasure of working with 2 models who were, at the time, completely new to me. coworker and fellow photographer, the awesome julie sparks andrada, and i were using the terrific studio space at photogroup in south austin, working on portfolio images, and julie had connections with these gorgeous models as well as the talented makeup artist bethany renfro.
having pinned several images of models with hair piled high and dramatic eye makeup, i knew what looks i had in mind, and these girls delivered.
both of these images were shot using a 5 foot octobank with a directional grid. the light was closer to sasha, just above her, angled down, positioned camera left. i had her very close to a rich grey background so the gradient is just from the single light source. for emily’s shot, the octobank was hiked higher up on a light stand, camera right, and positioned farther from her, producing an image with slightly more contrast. the green background was lit with a 4 foot strip soft box to create a soft linear gradient from right to left behind her.
a canon 5D with a 50mm 1.4 lens was used to produce both shots.
i retouched both images to fix some stray hairs and add extra dewy-ness to their skin, but these girls photographed so beautifully–i couldn’t be more pleased with the resulting images.