Cold Model, Nacogdoches TX
She’s so cool, she’s cold! Savannah is an aspiring East Texas model and we had a quick session to help out her portfolio. I love the dramatic look of this lighting and pushed the photo to the cold side because, well, she’s cool! And I had the AC cranked for this shoot because I get so hot when I’m shooting, so I’m sure she was literally cold! Savannah is so nice and sweet though that she never complained one bit.
Using studio lighting in a small space can be really tricky because the light has a tendency to bounce everywhere and fill in all the shadows. It’s great when you want flat light, but I wanted the dramatic shadowy light that I love so much and that I knew would show off Savannah’s high model cheekbones. To get those shadows I placed a gridded beauty dish about two feet above and in front of Savannah, slightly camera right so I could shoot around the lightstand. You can see the direction of the light clearly from the shadow under her nose. Keeping the light high and pointed down on Savannah also helped to prevent the light from spilling onto the background (the grid also helps for this). However, keeping the light that high also creates a problem: there was no catchlight in her eyes. So I added a bare strobe with 7 inch reflector behind me over my left shoulder just for the catchlight, turned down a good three stops below the main light so it would not add much fill to the shadows. Usually I prefer the catchlights to be bigger, from a beauty dish or softbox, but this was a quick fix.
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Daily photo: July 16, 2013, taken July 1, 2013
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