Model Portfolio: Sarah
Sarah was introduced to me through a common model friend, and from one fateful shoot session, she has become one of my favorites. There’s something classic about her beauty that shooting her makes it look timeless. That, or I’m the usual sucker for vintage-looking imagery. This was a simple folio session that turned out interesting since I wanted to push the vintage / pin-up girl look again on her. I wanted subtle eyes, but strong lips which coincidentally becomes the main focal point in her beauty shots.
For those who own a studio or planning to setup one, I highly suggest buying white acrylic sheets. My usual source is Modern Art Broadway, and they sell all sort of useful materials for props and backgrounds we end up using heavily in shoots. Paper background has always been my default choice over rubberized cloth. Although the latter is more cost-efficient, the light doesn’t bounce as evenly because of the patterns and ridges it has across the fabric. Also as wear and tear, lint builds up and creases deepen making it more difficult to light over time. Paper backgrounds are prone to getting wet, despite the weight (a.k.a. thickness) of these being more than your usual oslo paper. They also catch dirt easily, and you’d up having to cut those eventually running out of roll. So what’s my point? Seems like a waste right? Now, having an acrylic sheet placed on top of the paper background becomes a more practical solution. It protects the paper underneath from unwanted stomping, at the same time pulling the paper evenly preventing any creasing.
You can finally create clean backdrops without subjecting the paper to too much abuse.
This works best with white backgrounds matched with white acrylic sheets of 1/8 thickness. It can work for other colors, but the acrylic and the paper background have to perfectly match.
- Make-up: Jet Babas
- Styling: Hannah Kim (MIA)
- Model: Sarah Gill
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Model Portfolio: Anthea (Pin-up Series)
Pin-up has always been a timeless genre for me. It’s something I would come back again and again, never getting tired of making new pieces with it. My inspirations for this look has always been two artists: Albert Vargas and Gil Elvgren. You can Google them up to see their respective styles. As for this shoot, I was look more into Elvgren’s look and feel.
With the proper lighting, pushing the image into a pin-up look isn’t really a huge a task afterwards. The little secret is defining the shadows and highlights in a particular way that would make them linear in appearance, much the same way their painted counterparts were done. That meant controlling the harshness of the lights you use. In this case, my weapon of choice for the main light is a beauty dish. On its opposite side is strip light to give off that soft highlight, while on the other side is a strobe with a regular reflector (no grid) to give a harsh reflection. Two lights are dedicated for the background, and one softbox is placed behind the beauty dish acting as a fill, controlling the amount of shadows you get from the harsh lights.
I used a white acrylic sheet as a flooring, and when the background lights hit, it bounced enough to give that specular highlight at the skin edges of the model.
Not all models are fit to do this kind of look. The more diverse the model is from the established archetype, the stronger the cues you have to put in the image to familiarize your audience. In the case of our model Anthea, she was quite the shoe-in for this look. A simple beauty shot sans the wardrobe and accessories already gave strong hints of the genre because of proper casting. The ribbon cost me P 50.00 in a nearby Landmark Department Store.
- Make-up: Oliver Bumatay
- Styling: Model’s Own
- Model: Anthea Murfet