Model Portfolio: Holly
This post is really #NSFW. So if you are in a public space or in your office, I highly don’t suggest going any further. Oh yeah, make sure you’re over 18 too.
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.
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.
- Make-up: Charlie Manapat
- Styling: Model’s Own
- Model: Holly Wolf
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Model Portfolio: Abby #NSFW
Funny enough, despite the small circles in the industry Abby and I revolve in, we haven’t really worked with each other on a fun shoot. So quite some time after Abby – An Intimate Escape, I thought of having her again in front of the lens for a quick “gravure”-ish session.
This girl has been in front of the camera so many times and already knows her angles pretty much. She isn’t conscious about anything either as it shows. When made-up right, she kinda resembles like a Japanese idol, which makes gravure a good genre to shoot her in.
These were all done in natural light with a combination of silver and gold reflectors, the latter giving the warm skin tone. In post, all I did was put this retro color grading similar to what you get with Instagram filters.
- Photography: Jay Tablante
- Make-up / Hair: Jet Babas
- Styling: Hannah Kim
- Model: Abby Poblador
Model Portfolio: Jinri
Jinri would easily be in my top muses list. Always awesome to experiment with various looks and concepts with her. So here’s one where we toyed around some mish-mash of contemporary Chinese- in a modern setting house.
I was just working with one (1) for most of the shoot since the glass walls went up as high as the 2nd floor. We had all the light we needed even as the afternoon pushed on. My strobe was powered down and placed on the far end of the house.
Working with natural light means working against time. Light shifts in direction, temperature and texture as the day progresses, and it’s all about maximizing each moment. There are chances when you had to throw out your current idea because you’ve already missed the opportunity to shoot it right.
I can’t really give a straight up lighting tutorial on this one, except for some guides in searching for that perfect setting.
Ara did an awesome job with Jinri’s make-up. This look reminded me of Ayumi Hamasaki, some popular J-Pop singer.
- Never get transfixed in just one spot for that moment. Like I said, time is against you. If it doesn’t work, simply move on. You could revisit that layout in the middle of the shoot if you want.
- Never settle for physical setup of your venue at face value. There are lots of ways to work around the setting to maximize your shooting potential.
- Favor the light to your model’s best angle.
- Make-up: Ara Fernando
- Styling: Hannah Kim
- Model: Jinri Park
Model Portfolio: Nicole
Model Portfolio: Gabe
The first image (two, if you count both color treatments) was done underneath a short roof ledge, giving an even light. It also helped that clouds gave a brief soft light for me to work with. It’s like having a huge softbox in the sky. No artificial lighting at least in my experience can replicate this sort of look. Timing is key when you’re after this look.
Opposite that is a red wall near the building stair case. For this scenario, we waited for strong sunlight to get that hard shadow against background. A reflector was optional (left image) if you want some bounce back.
We simply went back to the same wall afterwards, but had 2 styroboard reflectors underneath for a beauty shot.