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Fashion Magic with One Light, One Fan, and One Lovely Lady

So I went out of my comfort zone and finally decided to ask a model to allow me to take some photographs of her.  Well, she not really a model, but a good friend who could very easily be a model.  Luckily for me, she obliged and the stage was set for a Friday evening photo shoot.

Everyone, meet Lisa B.

Great connection, and communication leads to a fantastic shoot.

Great connection, and communication leads to a fantastic shoot.

Having never shot a model before I went searching for all the blogs and YouTube posts on how to photograph, and direct a model.  There is some pretty good material out there, but in the end, good ole’ Pinterest came to my, and her rescue.  I asked Lisa (my model and friend) to bring three outfits.  I asked for casual, black and white tops, and something that was one of her favorites.  I also asked for dramatic makeup, and to surprise me with anything else.  I didn’t want to constrain her too much.  I figured the less stressful I made it for her, the more comfortable she would come in.

Lisa has always had a fantastic smile and physique.  But lately she has been working out really hard and has been boxing.  Yup, you heard me right…boxing!  When she arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see her all cut up, and still very feminine.  Now that she was working out and preparing for another fight, she was on a strict eating regiment…a high protein meal every three hours.  Sounds a little like my diet.

Before we started the shoot, one of the coolest things was that we were very comfortable with each other.  We’ve known each other now for about three years, and it was easy to just chat away while I finish my set up.  This really helped both Lisa and I get comfortable, and I imagine that building any sort of connection with a model/client would go a long way in making them feel relaxed before a shoot.

One light.  One Fan.  Stunning!

One light.  One Fan.  Stunning!

Initially I wanted to go with a two-light set up, and use a 50mm, 1.4 on my Nikon D7100, in my very small home studio (a converted bedroom in my basement).  We did for a little while, and the results were pretty nice to start off with and getting the settings right, but I wanted more.  The 50 was always great for portraits, but I wanted some drama.  I wanted to add a fashion flare to the whole shoot, so I switched to my wide-angle Tokina 11-16mm, f4 lens, grabbed a small fan from my garage, and switch to a one-light set up.  That’s when the magic started to happen.  I transformed into a full time fashion photographer, and Lisa, into full time fashion model.  Once I started directing, and communicating with her, everything sort of clicked.

Three outfits, one small fan, one light, and we had one amazing fashion shoot!

One of my all time favorites.

One of my all time favorites.

Another of my favorites.

Another of my favorites.

Thanks to Lisa’s stunning looks, great photographer/model communication, and a phenomenal prosumer camera and lens combination, we made a fashion shoot come to life.  Personally, I’m very pleased with the results.  But I’ll let you be the judge.  I have my personal favorites.  I’d like to know which one is yours.

Thanks for reading everybody.

-Kavan Lake

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