Back in June, Ashley and I had agreed to get together with Tani L. Chavez and shoot another beauty / glam shoot with a vintage theme. We decided to meet at my house in Los Angeles to see if we could use the available space to shoot.
I have a really small makeshift photo studio/home office where I am able to shoot with friends who want a “closed set” type of photo shoot (It’s REALLY small; see short video below for reference). See how I'm backed up against the wall? :0
Tani brought along her arsenal of makeup and made sure Ash looked fabulous during the shoot. Check out these shots of Tani working her magic.
This was the perfect time to continue my experimentation with Joe Edelman’s lighting technique, using DIY fluorescent lighting. I shot these photos using an 85mm 1.8 Staying at 5.6 aperture most of the time, and always at 1/125th shutter speed, which was absolutely necessary due to the slow flicker of the fluorescent bulbs. I compensated with bumping up the Sensor’s ISO to 400, giving me a bit of noise to get rid of afterward in post process. We shot against the bare grey textured wall in the office. Everything we used was very minimal, and straightforward.
One thing I must always point out is that Ashley is my favorite person to photograph. I gave her most of the control over the shoot, poses, and wardrobe. I think it’s simply because she’s great at every one of those things, not to mention Tani Chavez’s make up, hair, wardrobe, and studio experience helping me conduct this shoot freed me up to focus on “photographer type things” (she also brought her awesome transformer make up chair). Plus my wife Evelin was there assisting with everything she could, giving us access to her closet full of goodies. It really was effortless shooting on my part.
Right off the bat this shoot was fun. I think it’s due to the fact that we all have known each other for a few years now. 30% of the shots taken this day were of us goofing around and laughing. Here are some of my favorites. (n_n)
This turned out to be a great day, we shot, we laughed, and we ate spaghetti.
We worked hard! Look how tired Ashley looked by the end of the shoot.
Thank you to Ashley, Tani, and Evelin for all the awesomeness and hard work.
Check out the rest of the photos here -> <3 <3 <3
I’m looking for my next top model, so if you’re interested in shooting, send me a message on FaceBook with some examples of your work.
Thanks for reading!
Model: Ashley Marie - http://mariedauphine.tumblr.com/
MUA/Hair: Tani L. Chavez - http://designbymake.tumblr.com/
- Nelson Castro