Red Hot Bedroom
Picture day with Graziel. This one is my masterpiece.
Those red curtains are naturally lit by the afternoon sun.
I loathe impersonal portraiture.
Yes yes, it isn't a practical statement but I prefer each of my Photography sessions to be an experience for both me and my subject. Easy to say but as experience dictates, very difficult to execute and sustain. Of course, if you do well, the level of fulfillment is beyond what you can possibly imagine.
This weekend I had an opportunity to photograph Graziel; A beautiful and refreshingly expressive young woman. It went as planned: A simple getting-to-know portrait shoot first, then evolving to a glamour-themed shoot. Notably, I think I did well establishing a connection with her, a testament to how much of her personality I now know since Saturday. It was indeed an honor meeting and photographing her.
After 3 hours of shooting, I got home tired, sleepy, sticky and immeasurably happy. I learned a lot about technique, transition and workflow, all of which I will be carrying over my future shoots. Looking forward to that :-)
(1) SB800 + 1/4 CTO + snoot high camera left pointed at her face
(2) SB800 + 1/4 CTO through umbrella clamped midway through the stand of light (1)
(3) SB800 through umbrella rested on the floor, camera right
PP: Burned off the lower corners and increased the contrast. The work was merely an enhancement as this final cut looks almost as is from the JPG right out of camera.