The idea behind this shoot with Haley was to focus on texture and movement. I wanted to create something that had a modern fine art feel. Wardrobe, texture, tone, and lighting, all played a huge part in making this series a success. The flowing fabric that draped across Haley gave me the movement that I was looking for. The background was layered to provide depth and character. I like to light my subjects in a way that highlights their best features. With Haley, not only did she have an amazing face, she also had a strong profile that added elegance and power to the final image.
To create this photo, I used two White Lightning X1600 flash units. One flash unit modified with a softbox was placed above and slightly in front of the model, camera right. The second flash unit was modified using a 64” White PLM Umbrella with White Front Diffusion Fabric and was bounced onto a white wall behind me.
Fine art has always been a great source of inspiration for me. I tend to go into my shoots with a concept or theme and showcase my subject in the best light possible (pun intended). The rich tones, and almost painterly style, has become some what of a signature for me. Proper lighting not only helps set the mood but brings an image to life!
LIGHTING TIP FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER
– Soft light with Contrast –
“To achieve this softer lighting along with artistic focus on your subject, consider using a fill light fired into a white wall or v-flat behind you. You may also shoot through a scrim to create a similar effect. Using a fill light will help you give details to fabric and separate your subject from the background. Then use a second light as your key light and place it close to your subject to bring some contrast and focus to the image.”
Anna is a Houston-based photographer. She specializes in a wide range of professional photography including fine art portraits, fashion, beauty, boudoir, maternity, fitness, family, entertainment, personal branding, and much more.