For the second time in 20 years I’ve been in my building we have a hoarder, yes a bonified hoarder. The personality type is quite fascinating. They have no room to actually conduct business which eventually puts them out of business. I have to admit I have a lot of “stuff” but I can pretty much find everything. I keep everything clean and organized. I have about 3700 sq. ft. but most of it is taken up with wardrobe and props. I do recycle and give a lot of things away. If I picked up something for free and don’t shoot it I tend to give it away.
The bed frame in the image is a hallway find. The hoarder has so much stuff he leaves things in the hallway. I mentioned I would like it and to keep me in mind. He doesn’t need it but because it had value he was holding on to it. I mentioned I would trade him something and that was the magic phrase. The landlord occasionally makes a sweep in the building requiring tenants to empty out the hallways so he had to make a decision. He wasn’t loosing anything if he got something in exchange, his hoarding tendencies have been satisfied.
I have a studio prop bed that I use for boudoir shooting. The headboard is just pushed up against the bed and weighted with sandbags. The fabric is clipped onto my background stand.
The model is looking out my bank of north facing windows. I have black Duvetyne fabric for studio blackout that are pulled up to her face so all the light is ahead of her face. (I wouldn’t do the Duvetyne again though as my heating pipes have literally destroyed it) I also have black knit fabric on some of my windows and prefer it. I simply have a silver reflector to her left.
She’s laying on a deep comforter and feather bed to engulf her a bit. This is a good setup for a shorter, curvy model. When a model is on a bed make sure you don’t have her feet coming out of her head like antlers.
I love how windows light a models eye. I also find that not having a dark studio with strobes popping off can lend a more casual feel to the shoot. Window light and shooting wide open is so forgiving when it comes to skin…just sayin3 comments