Scenes Around Jackson Photoblog

[Model Shoot] Barbie Corbett (6.22.09)

Posted in 2009, Color, Digital, model shoot, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on June 29, 2009

so, while i continue to work on the Jubilee!Jam photos, i figured i would show that i don’t only shoot events and/or music shows

i was contacted by Barbie Corbett through my profile on model mayhem.  (heh, i’d almost forgotten i’d made a profile on model mayhem)

she needed some new shots for a website and wanted to know if i would be free to shoot.

i took a few hours to respond because, it occured to me for the first time, i had never had a photoshoot with a stranger before.

most of my photoshoots had been with friends but this was the first time i’d ever been contacted out the blue like that to photograph someone.

(i’m not counting the folks i shot on assignment for the JFP or the shows i’ve shot. )

LoL, it actually caught me a little off guard.  what followed was a couple of hours trying to talk myself out of it (fear of the unknown!) until i finally slapped some sense into myself and wrote her back saying i’d do it 😉

anywho, here are the photos.

oh, little backstory.  this was a themed shoot.  and the theme was gothic dead doll.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (2 of 34)

we shot over in belhaven, at her friend’s house, in his dining room.

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (1 of 14)

(he’s also the one that did all her make-up)

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (1 of 34)

(and yes, he had a fake old style streetlight too)

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (2 of 14)

since the theme was gothic dead doll i decided to do a little extra post-processing work on the photos.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (3 of 34)

i tend not to do a lot of post-processing.  i like the more natual look.  at most, i’d adjust the shadows and/or exposure and/or white balance.

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (3 of 14)

but i figured it fit with the theme this time so i went with it.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (5 of 34)

this was a pretty simple lighting set-up.  just closed all the windows and used one light positioned way below her.

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (4 of 14)

really kicked up the shadows.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (6 of 34)

and this was the last shot we shot using artifical light.

next up, opening up the windows and moving to the other side of the dining room for some available light shots.

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (5 of 14)

ahh, that’s the stuff.

i actually prefer to use available light.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (7 of 34)

i brought my speedlight with me, but i never even used it

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (6 of 14)

thanks to it being a very sunny day we had all the light we needed after opening the blinds.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (8 of 34)

at this point, i should really mention, Barbie is a very good model.

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (7 of 14)

completely at ease in front of the camera.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (11 of 34)

open to ideas and not shy about giving her own.

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (9 of 14)

which is really cool, since i don’t like to have to give a whole love of direction.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (12 of 34)

and with Barbie i didn’t have to.

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (10 of 14)

lady knew what she was doing.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (13 of 34)

love that sun

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (11 of 14)

funny story about that flower.

there were some shots that the website wanted.  some shots with that flower hairclip in it and some shots with that red bow in her hair. (scroll up to see some of those)

the red bow wasn’t that hard.

but we both couldn’t figure out why they sent a model that they knew had jet black hair a dark purple flower hair clip LoL

luckly, we were creative!

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (14 of 34)

around this time we’ve started transitioning away from the dining room, getting ready to head for the staircase (and an outfit change)

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (15 of 34)

in fact, here’s the last dining room shot.

next up, new outfit and staircase.

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (8 of 14)

we both really enjoyed shooing on the stairs.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (20 of 34)

it had a skylight above it, letting in all the light we needed.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (16 of 34)

didn’t really take a lot of horizontal shots on the stairs.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (21 of 34)

so get ready for many vertical shots

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (17 of 34)

yeah, we were really tired of trying to figure out how to shoot that purple flower LoL

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (22 of 34)

but yeah, really fun shooting on the stairs

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (23 of 34)

tried to make sure i got full body shots.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (24 of 34)

i tend to like to get in close so i always need to remind myself to pull back some.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (26 of 34)

this is when we start to wrap up the staircase.

but first, one more close shot 😉

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (12 of 14)

next up, going outside!

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (27 of 34)

during one of her outfit changes i killed time by walking around outside, seeing if i wanted to shoot anywhere around the house, and i saw that there was an old door with a broken window around the back and i thought, perfect!

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (28 of 34)

i really like how these came out

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (29 of 34)

natural light + great model = for the win!

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (30 of 34)

by this point, we’re really in a good vibe with each other.

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (31 of 34)

i was always nervous whenever she put arms through the opening but, man, it made for some cool shots

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (32 of 34)

Barbie’s idea to lick the jagged shard of glass.  honest!

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (33 of 34)

there were also some trees in the back i wanted to get but we didn’t stay out there long

Barbie Corbett (touched up) (14 of 14)

because, i don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but it was hot as hell that day LoL

Barbie Corbett (vertical) (touched up) (34 of 34)

and that’s a wrap!

the moral of the story kids?  don’t ever talk yourself out of trying something new 🙂

be sure to check out Barbie’s model mayhem profile.

next post, Jubilee!Jam photos!

(but if you just can’t wait till then, you can check out the photos i took of David Banner and Joan Jett over at the JFP Jubilee!Jam photo gallery)

have a good one everybody!

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  1. Lizzie said, on June 29, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    so badass!!!!

    i LOVE THESE!!

  2. Ed Payne said, on June 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Weird, but in an interesting way. Her stage name should be Barbie Wire.

  3. Brooklyn said, on June 30, 2009 at 3:22 am

    So fucking cool!!!!!

  4. Kristin said, on July 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I love the crossed arms through the broken window the most!

  5. barbie Corbett said, on November 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for all the comments!! That was a great and a fun shoot, pat! By far the best photographer around


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