In the summer of 2020, in the month between lockdowns, I got into my car and drove to Italy. It was a road trip mainly for pleasure with plenty of photography practice built-in. I set up a few shoots along the way with models that I had discovered on Instagram. On my way through Switzerland, I stayed in Fribourg and met up with a friend, Keren Bisaz, for a fun shoot with Amelia.
1. I am putting a book together called Gold Dress so I tend to use this dress quite a bit at the moment in my personal work. I lit Amelia with a single Godox AD200 fitted with a Scatterflash attachment using the ‘Crunch’ gel. This gives beautifully dappled light and creates a bit of magic in the process.
2. Right opposite my hotel entrance was this shuttered window and I thought it would make an interesting photograph. I bought the dress that Amelia is wearing on Alibaba and it worked really well for my road trip shoots.
3. I used reflected sunlight for the shot on the left and the Godox with a Scatterflash for the shots on the right.
The shot on the left was not meant to be, because it was just a random capture that I took before setting up my light and arranging the shots on the right. When I got back to my studio I loved the softness of the light and with a bit of shadow lift in Lightroom the picture took on quite an etherial look. I just wish I had sorted out Amelia’s hair and taken several new frames without poor timing relative to blinks etc. The thing is, I learned something new, so expect to see this kind of wistful tonal balance popping up in my work over the next few months.
4. The top shot here is lit using the Godox AD200 and Scatterflash from high and to the right of the shot. The bottom two shots are lit with sunlight.
5. I wanted sunlight to come through the window but we were at this empty mansion on the wrong time of the day. I decided to make my own sun using the Godox AD200 with a Scatterflash on a high stand out in the garden. I fitted a ½ CTO gel to warm up the light and to allow me to set the room to a colder balance. I used the flash on full power.
6. A Tiffen ½ Black Pro Mist filter on my lens gave the top shots here a halated look that I love. The shot at the bottom was for a moody child narrative. I love the way Amelia is slunk down with her heels on the floor.
Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section below about these pictures, the lighting or the techniques used.