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I haven’t had a personal shoot for so long – I thought it was about time, so I got my good friends Meg Gleeson from London MGT Group and Hary May from Hary’s Mayke-Up to come in and play around. Hopefully you enjoy what we came up with!
Our first setup was going to be a fairly standard beauty setup with three different looks – a twiggy look with false lower lashes, a more elegant look with darker and more intense eyes, and that same look zoomed out a little with a cool bra added in. The lighting for this was fairly simple – but it actually happens to be one of my favourite lighting setups and one that I use quite often. It consists of two softboxes pointing at each other and angled down slightly, a bounce just out of frame underneath the model and a light on the background to lighten it up slightly. I’ll include a quick little diagram as well just in case you’re a more visual learner.
And of course – the results…
The second setup was a little more involved – it was based around a set I’d created a few nights beforehand which was designed to look like a dingy, run down lounge room. My vision was to have this incredible attractive girl in loose-fitting boyfriend type clothes, relaxing and drinking wine in front of a TV – which would be acting as the main light source.
To pull this shot off I had to combine two shots – the first shot was of the set with the TV included, the second shot involved removing the TV and replacing it with a softbox (to mimic the light that the TV would be omitting) and of course adding the model. The two shots would then be edited together, adjusting the colour of lights, etc. to make it look like a blue light was coming in from the TV and a warmer light was coming from a lamp just behind her. Again I’ll include a little diagram to demonstrate more easily what I’m talking about.
For this I only really wanted one killer shot, so here it is.
All in all it was a great day of shooting and I’m super happy with the results – I’ve wanted to do something like that last shot for a really long time and finally got around to it, expect to see more like that in the future!