[Model Shoot] Barbie Corbett (6.22.09)
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
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.
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.
we shot over in belhaven, at her friend’s house, in his dining room.
(he’s also the one that did all her make-up)
(and yes, he had a fake old style streetlight too)
since the theme was gothic dead doll i decided to do a little extra post-processing work on the photos.
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.
but i figured it fit with the theme this time so i went with it.
this was a pretty simple lighting set-up. just closed all the windows and used one light positioned way below her.
really kicked up the shadows.
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.
ahh, that’s the stuff.
i actually prefer to use available light.
i brought my speedlight with me, but i never even used it
thanks to it being a very sunny day we had all the light we needed after opening the blinds.
at this point, i should really mention, Barbie is a very good model.
completely at ease in front of the camera.
open to ideas and not shy about giving her own.
which is really cool, since i don’t like to have to give a whole love of direction.
and with Barbie i didn’t have to.
lady knew what she was doing.
love that sun
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!
around this time we’ve started transitioning away from the dining room, getting ready to head for the staircase (and an outfit change)
in fact, here’s the last dining room shot.
next up, new outfit and staircase.
we both really enjoyed shooing on the stairs.
it had a skylight above it, letting in all the light we needed.
didn’t really take a lot of horizontal shots on the stairs.
so get ready for many vertical shots
yeah, we were really tired of trying to figure out how to shoot that purple flower LoL
but yeah, really fun shooting on the stairs
tried to make sure i got full body shots.
i tend to like to get in close so i always need to remind myself to pull back some.
this is when we start to wrap up the staircase.
but first, one more close shot 😉
next up, going outside!
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!
i really like how these came out
natural light + great model = for the win!
by this point, we’re really in a good vibe with each other.
i was always nervous whenever she put arms through the opening but, man, it made for some cool shots
Barbie’s idea to lick the jagged shard of glass. honest!
there were also some trees in the back i wanted to get but we didn’t stay out there long
because, i don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but it was hot as hell that day LoL
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!
have a good one everybody!