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About the Image

This lingerie fashion advertising image was shot in the Marriott hotel in Paris, France.

I had to be in Paris for a week and a friend sent me an invitation to a party in Milano the day before I had to be in Paris. So I flew to Milano, went to the party, then took the TGV to Paris early the next morning. I flew Emiliano, my lead assistant in Europe, from Rostock, Germany to Paris so he could meet me at the train station, and it was a glorious winter day: Blue sky, puffy clouds and maybe 60°f - (15.5°c).

We checked into the hotel and went to meet our client for dinner. The next day was solid overcast, raining and cold, 33°f (0.5°c). And was still that way when I left to fly back to the States a week later. Fortunately most of what we were shooting was indoors and was a 3 day project.

We were operating out of the Marriott on the Champs Elysees close to the Arc de Triomphe.

The real story of this advertising fashion lingerie project was trying to get a lot of different images in the hotel as the weather outside was miserable.

For the top photo, all we did was to back the strobe head away from the model and remove the grid spot in order to increase the coverage area, then increase the strobe power to compensate moving the strobe head further from the model. See BTS photos below that show in detail how I shot this image.

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At night, Emiliano & I would head out to shoot photos and video of the Eiffel Tower, this is the video: Feel free to share.


For Photographers

The Gear:
Canon camera - 1/50 second 160 ISO with a
Canon 24 to 70mm zoom lens set to f5.6 using 38mm

The Light:
Next Generation 800ws Round Modeling Head (the grid was removed for the top photo) connected to a
Lumedyne 200 Watt Second battery powered pack set at 100 W.S.,
2 tota-flags to help limit the light spill,
Manfrotto light stand,
Sunbounce Mini used as a flag to limit light spill.

Behind the scenes photo

Behind the scenes photo

Behind the scenes photo

The room:

Behind the scenes photo


We are based in Los Angeles, California, Atlanta, Georgia, both in the USA, & Milan, Italy, and serve the nation and travel worldwide for projects, both video and stills. On average we travel 175 days a year from all over the USA, 48 out of 50 states, to Singapore to Japan, Europe and the Middle East. We are normally in Europe 2 or 3 times a year, mostly Italy and Germany, shooting for clients there.

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