Stephanie's boyfriend has known of my work for quite some time, and when he shared it with her, she immediately expressed an interest in working with me...but as a serious martial arts practitioner, it had to wait until a set of serious bruises faded from view.
|Digital infrared original|
Though the weather is inching towards a time when working outdoors is a viable option, Stephanie and I decided to have our first session together in the studio, where the weather would not present an issue.
For this image of Stephanie, I decided with her fair skin, it would be
best to set her against black, so she would really stand out from the
surroundings. I really have only taken two approaches to studio
photography - much of my early work (1988-1998) worked with a black
background, setting the model in a sea of darkness. From 1999 onward, I
tended to prefer working with a white setting, usually setting the
model against white sheets and using studio lighting to mimic natural
While working against the black, between "posed" images, I caught a glimpse of Stephanie's hands on the back of the chair she was seated on - they were beautifully lit, so I paused to make an image or two.
|Digital original, 11 frame stitch|
For the final photos of the session, I switched to working against white, and focused on a series of portraits; Stephanie's fair skin and light hair was a little challenging to work with on white, but the portrait above had some beautiful lines, and a great expression.
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