Readers who’ve been here for a little while might recognize my friend Mairi, who has modeled for me before. This time I had a brief opportunity for her to sit for me again for a few shots before she jet-setted her way over to Italy for a while.
I was specifically looking to produce the lede image you see above, Mairi Troisième. In particular, I was chasing some chiaroscuro portrait lighting that I had in mind for a while and I was quite happy with the final result!
Of course, I also had a large new light modifier, so bigger shots were fun to play with as well:
Those two shots were done using a big Photek Softlighter II [amazon] that I treated myself to late last year. (I believe the speedlight was firing @3/4 power for these shots).
It wasn’t all serious, there were some funny moments as well…
Of course, I like to work up close to a subject personally. I think it gives a nicer sense of intimacy to an image.
Culminating at one of my favorites from the shoot, this nice chiaroscuro image up close:
It’s always a pleasure to get a chance to shoot with Mairi. She’s a natural in front of the camera, and has these huge expressive eyes that are always a draw.
Later this week, an update on PIXLS.US!