December 18th, 2012
It’s a long story but I acquired a room for 2 nights in a 4* Bristol hotel last week so I offered it to a delegate from Ireland for a couple of 1:1 shooting sessions. She flew over with her make up artist friend. They stayed overnight in the room to keep their expenses to a minimum. The format was perfect. Here are my pictures and our story from the first 4 hour shoot.
I decided we could squeeze in two shoots and here are a few of my shots from session 1. It was nearly dark by the time we started shooting so I used my Lupolux LED 1000 to provide some blue light to contrast with the near tungsten light in the hotel room. After the first couple of shots we just used an Arri 300 and an Arri 150 light for all the scenes.
A week before the shoots we exchanged picture ideas and I whipped up some mood boards for both shoots on my iPad. I tend to create mood boards for all my shoots now as I find it focuses my mind on the image mood that I want to capture. I always include style ideas for models and the creative team too.
Agata likes it hot and we had the room at 30 degrees C for the whole shoot.
My post production with these shots is just a touch of Adobe Lightroom. There is no skin softening so the pictures are real.
I picked up my delegate and our make up artist from Bristol airport then collected Agata from Temple Meads station. We checked in at 14:00 on the dot. I arranged for a room upgrade to give us a bit more space for the kit. It was in essence a standard generic hotel room with a bed, wardrobe, shower and desk. The upgrade did give us a soft upholstered chair to use too and a Nespresso machine. The decor was suitably bland. Our/ my challenge was to shoot for 12 hours over two days in the same room without exhausting the picture making opportunities. Game on!
Sharpness is very important to me when I have the opportunity and time to get it right. I was frustrated at times with my 5Dmk2 and I wished I was using a 5Dmk3 like my delegate. However it is not enough of an upgrade for me to justify the expense. I’m waiting for the much rumoured 3D to compete with the Nikon D800. It would be nice to see one at Focus on Imaging. If it materialise next summer I will have had my mk2 for nearly 5 years and that is great cost per frame.
I like to stay creative with the planning of a shoot like this as well as the picture-taking so it was a joy to see all the preparations coming together. These dark winter months are perfect times to brush up on your interior lighting techniques. If you want to have a 1:1 hotel boudoir shoot experience with me then just drop Laura an email asking for ‘a deal’ on my normal rates. Haha. You’ll probably do okay but might have to wait a few weeks for a date that she can release. Laura runs my life at the moment, now that Blaise is on maternity leave. Laura has access to many models for all genres and can book us classic, boutique or minimalist modern rooms in a variety of hotels. I do studio 1:1 and 1:2 sessions too so get thinking, email Laura and get inspired.