I was introduced to Leika through a make up artist that I have worked with once or twice. New models offer a challenge that is different to that of an established, more experienced, model. In some ways it is more exciting as you have to work harder than normal to produce the great shots. Working with a new model means that you, the photographer, has to be that little more creative. It can be easy to rely on a model to produce the goods without much prompting (even though I nearly always fine tune the final poses to fit my ideas). Leika was a pleasure to work with and soon got into the stride of things, and even took a good dollop of cold weather for the team. She should have a bright modelling future.
To get in the mood we started with some very simple portraits. I often start the shoot this way, first of all it allows me to talk to the model and familiarise myself with their working style. Most of all it is a good way of breaking the ice, using a lighting set that i know will produce good results straight away. The last thing I want to do is start the shoot producing images that look terrible (not that I ever do that!)
Leika was building a portfolio for a local modelling agency and needed a variety of shots, so we changed up the lighting and went for a few longer shots. These were taken using speed lights (SB900) and I used the Pocket Wizard flex system to trigger them via ttl. I will write a bit more about this system in a future post, but so far I have been quite impressed.
The first speedlight was fired into a silver reflective umbrella to camera right and a second SB900 was fired into a silver reflector on the floor to provide a nice glowing fill.
We then changed it up and did some shots that showed of Leika's figure a bit more.
We had a bit of spare time at the end of the shoot so decided to brave the weather and head into the cold to see what we could find. I had spotted this location outside the studio earlier in the day and though that it might make a good image and something else for Leika to add to her portfolio.
Again I used the pocket wizards and an SB900 to light the model whilst underexposing the background.
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