I LOVE shooting personal work. It’s the best opportunity to try out something new.
I’ve been wanting to shoot something with a simple ‘set’ feel but still very minimal and suggestive to it for a while now. So I decided to just go ahead and build myself something! After lusting over backdrops from Oliphant Studio based in New York for some time, I set out painting my own canvas backdrop. The folks over at Oliphant create the most amazing simple textured surfaces on which to shoot. The one I painted might not be up to their standards but I was really happy with how it came together.
I also decided to build a wooden raiser, which I stained and weathered to go along with a new stool and some crates and other bits I’d modified.
Everything was stained the same and then I used a hand sander to work everything over, trying to give it a beat up look.
I’d been looking at getting a ‘Softlighter ii’ by Photek for a while so I picked one up and tried it out on the shoot. I spent some time beforehand playing around with it and looking at different ways to use it. I was careful to pay attention to the fall-off and how the modifier behaved when feathered.
I went with the smallest one (36”). I found it controllable but still very soft light, and I really loved how it helped the tones blend across the face. Happy to have it in my arsenal of modifiers. I think on the next shoot I’ll try it on a boom high above the subject as more of an accent/hair light. Lots of possibilities.
The shots came together wonderfully. Connor O’Shaughnessy sat for me and Rebecca Penton styled the shoot. We shot three looks altogether but I really felt good about this one in particular.
Huge thanks to Connor, Rebecca, and special thanks to Giancarlo for assisting me on the shoot - couldn’t have done it without you guys!