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It's not often you'd get to work with an international Playboy model. So when Holly Wolf was in town some time back, I jumped on the chance to work with her. Good thing she made time from her schedule during her stay.

This is another shoot using only reflectors since the location I got had very good sunlight streaming in for most of the day. Even with overcast weather, you'd be able to get some light since the windows were huge. This is a crucial factor working with natural light: the amount of it available for you during the shoot.

I've been such a sucker for backlight shots, burning a good portion of the model's edges to gain some details in the middle. Depending on the lens you use, the glare produced could either be annoying or interesting. I used a 24-70 2.8L II, which basically gives you a clean, almost glare-free image. In the second shot, I shifted to a 50mm 2.5 compact macro (an old lens I had in my stash). The latter had stronger glare but had an interesting effect. I kept the effect around.

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I played a bit of vintage feel on the door shots, aiming for that 70s Playboy Magazine feel. I just thought it would've been apt given I had a Playboy model for the day.

When models are comfortable and confident about their bodies, it's so easy to work with them. Holly was such a pro, and knows her angles very well. I didn't have to direct her so much, and just gave her a general feel of the location. She worked it from there.

The shoot didn't even last the entire day, and we were able to come up with so much content afterwards.

If you're a budding photographer starting to work in glamour or fashion, it would be best to get a model with experience so you could a feel of how somebody comfortable would work in front of the camera. Pick up pointers for directing there. Gain the confidence to direct so when you end up working with a newbie in a future shoot, you wouldn't end up fumbling, and she wouldn't second-guess what you have in mind. Just my two cents: a newbie photographer matched with an inexperienced model is usually the recipe for awkward photos.

Production Credits

  • Make-up: Charlie Manapat
  • Styling: Model's Own
  • Model: Holly Wolf

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