About the image
This on location celebrity fashion photograph was shot in Nashville, TN. There was a knock on my hotel room door, I was staying at the Hermitage Hotel, a magnificent property with great service and huge rooms in downtown Nashville, across the street from the Great State of Tennessee's capitol building. I got up, opened the door and there was a slim and very attractive young woman. As we shook hands she said that she was Clare Bowen (A star of the TV show "Nashville") and thanked me "for doing this" (the photo shoot featuring her for "Cowgirl Magazine".) I replied that I was delighted that she was here and proceeded to show her my producer's hotel room where the festivities would start.
Clare's make up and hair styling crew were waiting to begin the light work that Clare needed. I say "Light Work" because she look pretty good to me as she was standing barefoot in the hotel hallway. (I never saw her wearing shoes the entire day, must be an Australian thing!)
While Clare was being attended to by her wonderful crew, my wardrobe stylist then looked at both what Clare brought plus what "Cowgirl Magazine" had sent and put together ideas of what went with what. It was ultimately up to what Clare wanted to wear and we went with her decisions. The reality is Clare could have closed her eyes and no matter where she pointed, that look would have been just fine. Clare has good taste in clothes and the magazine sent some stunning wardrobe too.
This shot required a bit of lighting to get to the final image. The main light is a Lumedyne battery powered strobe system and the head is inside a FourSquare 30x30 Travel softbox with a LightTools 40° grid to control the light Splatter you normally get with any softbox.
In addition I used a second Lumedyne strobe with a head w/a grid aimed onto a TotaFlector (A small metal reflector with a mirror like surface) to aim this light onto Clare's face. We then balanced both strobes to over power the ambient light, this is how we have Clare brighter than the surrounding area.
See below for BTS (Behind The Scenes) photos.
The Gear: Canon camera set to 1/30 second shutter speed, 320 ISO and a Canon 24-70mm zoom lens using 27mm set to f8.
The Light: Lumedyne battery powered strobe with a FourSquare "Travel" softbox with a LightTools 40° grid attached to control the light "Splatter". And I have another Lumedyne strobe where the strobe head has a grid and is aimed onto a Lowel TotaFlector (A small mirror like reflector) and is bouncing this hard light onto Clare's face. If you look you can see the shadows on Clare's face, this from this light. See below for BTS (Behind The Scenes) photos.
Clare's hair stylist working.
The Lowel Tota-Flector is a silver reflector, one side, the one facing the camera, is textured. The other side, and the one we are using, is a mylar mirror. More about this mirror 3 photos below.
The Sunbounce Pro reflector you see on the extreme right is not being used as a reflector. Clare is well known celebrity in the USA and people want to take photos of her. I noticed her holding her hand up to try to get people to stop. So when we were not shooting or her styling crew were not working on her, as they are in this photo, I had an assistant move the Sunbounce reflector directly in front of her to block people fron taking her photo.
Always pay attention to what is going on around you and do everything you can to help the person you are shooting with to be as comfortable as possible.
The "Lumedyne head with a grid" in the photo below is aimed to hit the Lowel Tota-Flector. I'm using this to put a hard light onto Clare's face. I'm motioning to my assistant which way I want her to rotate the head as I do not want the full amount of light to hit the Lowel Tota-Flector. Bu careful placement of the strobe head and the Tota-Flector, I can control how much light will be on Calre's face. If I did not do this, because most of the light is overhead, the eyes would have been in deep shadow. By adding the reflector, I can put how much light I want exactly where I want it.
This is what the scene looks like without the strobe:
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