Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ladies and lights continued.

This is a shoot that I did on the same night that I took the shots of Liz [my last post covers that]. This is Andrea, she has modeled for me previously and has been in one of my past posts. [such as here!!] Andrea also has an incredibly natural beauty. I have gotten tons and tons of compliments about how beautiful she is just based on this shoot alone, and ton more including the first shoot I did with her. She has the kind of beauty that seems to be almost universal, everyone who sees it can understand it and appreciate it.
In this shoot I tried really hard to create very solid and deliberate lines by contrasting light and form. I think this image was particularly successfully in creating really powerful lines, especially across her face and down her neck and shoulder. That strong sense of line keeps the focus on the center of the piece. I also love how the shadow causes the skin to almost taper off, as if she was slowly vanishing. This image is also a lot about texture, mainly focusing on the skin, with parts that show a great amount of texture and other parts that are completely smoothed out by the brightness that is being reflected.
This was also an implied nude shoot. Focusing on that tension and anticipation of almost revealing everything, holding in that tension by keeping it under wraps. With these pictures I also wanted to play with different kinds of lighting, and figure out how I could make the lighting most dramatic even though all I had was a simple night stand lamp. This light was achieved by having her crouch over the lamp. We kept the lamp shade on so the light would have more direction, enabling me bring more focus to her face.
I like this shot a lot because it feels a lot more natural than the other images. It's the only one in the set that I actually kept some color in, although it has been desaturated a bit. At this point we had actually set the table lamp back on my night stand and she was about to sit up. This moment was actually, as far as I know, candid. The light hit her in such a perfect way, it even lightened her hair to more of a blonde than the brunette she actually is. Her hairs just seems to perfectly layer over one another to create this little wave of yellow that highlights her face. And her expression is so soft and relaxed... really exposing her natural beauty.
It was a pleasure working with Andrea again, and I hope she continues to have enthusiasm for modeling for me. :)

To see the rest of this set please check out my flickr site:


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