“Communion” Portraits

16 Jan

In December, I photographed Joanna Coblentz’s fashion line for the show, “Communion,” which featured photographs by Chloe Reyes and a fashion show by Coblentz. Before the show, I took some great shots in a set that I built on the second floor of the Roosevelt 2.o in Ybor City, where the show was held. The set was really cool, complete with window frames hanging from the ceiling. Right now I’m working on getting those photos published, so they are still in hiding until further notice.

After the show, I took some quick portraits of the models in a really challenging lighting situation. I just wanted to share my way of working around this challenging light.

The whole place was pretty dark, except for some track lighting pointed at the artwork and a clamp desk lamp with bendable neck that happened to be right behind me. So I had the models stand so that the track lighting bounced off the wall onto the right side of their faces for fill light, and I just pointed the clamp desk light directly at their face for a key light. Of course, having a 50mm l.4 lens on my Canon 7D helped a lot with this darkness. I stopped all the way down to 1.4 and shot away. Results below. Notice the beautiful bokeh in the background.

Model: Blake Smith

Model: Jess Lytle

Model: Tasha Chamberlain

Model: Mai Dang

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