Gina in the Dark

November 16, 2014  •  2 Comments

Hey all, I had the fun of photographing another photographer - Gina from Gina Marie Photography - and her daughters. Gina's husband was supposed to be in the portrait also, however he seems to have devised an elaborate plan to avoid 'family photo time'. Men. Why do you DO that. No seriously, tell me in the comments why.


(f4.0-1/60-ISO320 D810 with a 50mm 1.4)

This image was weeks in the planning. Gina was using this gorgeous chair in a shoot for one of her clients so we thought lets get the moneys worth out of it and use it in hers also. The chair is hired from Gather Vintage Hire in Albury. They have amazing things, check them out if your after a vintage piece. 

I made the huge black tulle skirt for Gina to wear. This was 37mt of black tulle right here. What a fun night that was to sew together! So worth it, and I will be making more in other colours for other ideas down the track. I have been sewing since age 4 (I kid you not. That is when I started using a sewing machine. I was hand sewing before then), its such an amazing skill to have. Fabric is my other love, so using fabrics to create photos brings my SO MUCH JOY. We found one of the girls dresses on eBay for $10 and the other dress was already owned by the girls. 



The lighting set up was 2 speed lights, the one on camera right was behind a big softbox, and one on camera left was bouncing into a shoot through umbrella. So slightly different light on each side of the photo as the right side of the photo is darker (with the dark chair and Gina's black skirt), and the left was lighter with the girls white dresses. I didnt want the white dresses overpowering the image, as Gina is the key subject. I then had my assistant (a big thank you to Samantha!) shine a small mag light onto the black background to create some separation between Gina's skirt and the wall. The light from the bounced shoot through umbrella threw some light on the wall behind the girls. 
 

While we were there I took a portrait of each of the girls. Just as a little add on. Each portrait captures their individual personalities. 
This is Keira, she's very relaxed and laid back. She's beautiful.

(f4.0-1/80-ISO320 D810 with a 50mm 1.4)

This is Sienna, she is like a little firecracker! Loves being the centre of attention, and for todays shoot she announced she was going to be in character. As a princess. She's adorable. 

(f4.0-1/80-ISO250 D810 with a 50mm 1.4)

And to finish off, behind the scenes:

Hope you enjoyed! 


Comments

Sam(non-registered)
Beautiful photos of three beautiful girls. Sienna is a firecracker, she cracks me up!
Rae(non-registered)
Love the eBay dress! Great shoot, I think dad would have just ruined it anyway!
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