Where’d Ya Get That

Chelsey,  July 2010 Workshop

We ask that a lot in the studio when models show up with cute wardrobe.  Every time Chelsey shows up her suitcase is full of new wardrobe and that fact puts her high on my testing list.  I asked where she got this top and she mentioned the tags were still on…I think you see where this is going.

Which brings me to the point of this post; we normally don’t know what a model will show up with and being able to whip up something custom can really set you apart from your competition.  Perhaps you could start a monthly swap exchange with a fellow photographer.

Creating a set on the spot is no easy task and this top is an odd color combination.  The studio has to be set up to not only find the pieces I need but be able to get to them without a huge effort on my part.  I am constantly changing and rearranging the studio to constantly refresh my sets and props.  Going through and giving away things I don’t think I’ll ever shoot, just because I got it free doesn’t mean I have to keep it forever.  I think having too much stuff actually prevents me from working sometimes…it’s gotten out of hand.

It’s kind of jaw dropping when you walk in.  New clients have mentioned they thought all studios looked like this.  NOT!

I have to say this set really matches her top well.  I used two ivory screens (bought used for $20) to create a room atmosphere with three faux bamboo plants (Michael’s Art Supplies) in the background.  The bench was from Somerset Malls’ Z Gallery, which has since closed, boo hoo.

Two Profoto 7” reflector rim lights are lighting the plant area to create a high key effect and  also light her hair .  The blue is seamless I had on hand.  Window light as the main.

F3.5/250 iso 200  85 1.2

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