Rebekah Corey

Now with Chicago’s winter, I’m back to shooting indoors mostly. I got to shoot with Rebekah recently who is great model to work with. When we started discussing about this shoot, we both had a dozen ideas to recreate and discussed about working on them.

When the shoot was put in motion, she amazed me with her posing skills and facial expressions. Her attention to details on every shot is something I really admired. I don’t say this often but she is going places.

On the whole, I enjoyed working with her on this shoot. These images below are the few that we were able to create in less than an hour. Only thing, Wish we had more time to shoot and hope that happens some time in the future.

Light Setup: One light in front from top of her though a Westcott 43 inch Apollo Orb. The shots of her on the bed were shot with one light from one top. And ones shot in front of the powder room mirror, was also a one light setup pointed up to have the light bounced off the ceiling. All lights triggered wireless-ly using PocketWizard Flex TT5 & Mini TT1 combo.

Model: Rebekah Corey
Light(s): 1 x Canon 580 EX II
Cameras: Canon 5D Mark III & Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses: Canon 100mm f2.8 L and Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
Wireless triggers: PocketWizard Flex TT5 & Mini TT1, controlled with a AC3 ZoneController

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Paula

Let me start by saying… Happy new year everyone… It’s a good new year ahead of us and I wish everyone following this blog and their families n friends a very happy, awesome and a successful year ahead..It’s 2015 already…Time flies if you are having fun or not!!…well…the choice is your’s.

BTW… Where are my floating hover-boards and self-lacking Nikes, like ‘Back to the future 2′ predicted. But one thing., sure as hell I’m not dressing up like this.

2014… If some one told me to sum it all up in one word.. I don’t think, I can.. coz it was ‘Soooooo freaking awesome..’ and I’m pretty sure there is no better way to sum it up. And I mean every word in there. I’m looking forward to this great new year 2015. I already have a dozen travel plans on my calendar which takes me to some super crazy n breath-taking destinations around the Con-U.S(for now!!). Locations which I’ve been longing to get to forever.. Hopefully I get enough time off to fulfill these trips but that’s least of my worries and I hope 2015 turns out to be more fun and adventurous than 2014..:-)

Like I always said before in some of my previous blog posts, I suck at giving directions to my models.. One thing I know, I’m improving at that specific skill and at the really slow pace. I mean ketchup slow;-)
And then I meet models like Paula, who direct photographers. Did I mention that she did it with a positive attitude.. if I didn’t.. well.. She seem to have a knack for that.

About this shoot.. Paula. She is a great model and had lots of ideas and knows how to make the shoot a super fun one.

She is very good at posing and creating ideas which she knows she looks great in.
Even before we started to discuss the shoot, she had a whole shoot ideas to make the shoot productive and fun!
I don’t expect anything more than this from a model whom I work I with..
She was super fun to work with and would love every opportunity during the time ahead, to work with her.
This whole shoot was just a couple hours long but was fun all along and I could tell, she is very natural at posing and grasping what the idea of the shoot was all about.

Light Setup: One light in front from top of her though a Westcott 43 inch Apollo Orb. The second and third behind her to illuminate the background. All lights triggered wireless-ly using PocketWizard Flex TT5 & Mini TT1 combo.

Model: Paula Thompson
Lights: 3 x Canon 580 EX II
Cameras: Canon 5D Mark III & Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II L and Canon 100mm f2.8 L
Wireless triggers: PocketWizard Flex TT5 & Mini TT1, controlled with a AC3 ZoneController

Here are the pictures from the shoot.
Warning before you scroll down: Some or all of the pictures below are NSFW.

Alina

I figured enough of shooting indoors and decided to get some fresh air, along with the fall colors. Unlucky me, the fall just drew itself away way too soon and too quick from Chicago. I’m a big sucker to see and capture the fall colors in n around Chicago. Where else would I wanna shoot other than my most favorite spot in Chicago, the Millennium Park.

I decided to have the shoot early and thanks to Chicago’s unpredictable weather, it was super cold and the sun didn’t raise till 7.30am on the day we choose for the shoot. Did I say super cold already? coz it was really cold that day. One of those days, the end of fall and we don’t expect it to be cold..There it is..;-)

Alina: A great model. Very easy going, fun and super friendly. She had lots of ideas on posing. I had a handful of poses to create and once we had them in the bag, her posing ideas started flowing. I enjoyed working with her. We started our shoot in Millennium park and worked our way to the upper Wacker Drive. Was a fun shoot overall and would have been even more fun if the weather would have been the same as it was forecasted..But Heyy.. It’s Chicago.. What am I new here?:-)

Nothing very fancy for the shoot. Single light with an umbrella usually in front of Alina or to the right or depending on how her hair was positioned. I love this setup so much because I can depend on it, it is simple and super easy to create that soft light. A light stand and an umbrella is usually a big ‘no..no’ to security guards and cops but we kept moving, didn’t stay in a spot for more than 10-15minutes.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III & Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Flash: Canon 580 EX II
Other accessories: Light stand and Wescott 43-inch shoot through umbrella

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Ingrid

  • Oh! Was the shoot today? Sorry, I’m still in bed. I don’t think I can come.
  • I got really sick today morning. Got into an emergency room and going through treatment now. nd by the way, my sister is texting for me.
  • My boyfriend told me not to go to the photo-shoot.
  • Sorry, I’m running late coz I didn’t know there was the Chicago marathon and I’m stuck in the middle of it.
  • I got called into another shoot. Can yours be rescheduled?
  • There was a collapse in the space-time continuum right inside my apartment and looks like I’m stuck in a different parallel universe, nothing looks familiar here. Help!.

Fine… The last one, I made it up. The rest of them are the most frequently used among the many many other reasons that my models have given me right before the hours (sometimes minutes before!) of a photo-shoot. I’ve worked with nearly 4 dozen models so far, over the years. By saying any of these, I’m not pointing fingers towards anyone in specific. I’m also aware this happens to most photographers from time to time and also to models where the photographers don’t show-up the last minute.

I do realize that it’s a messy world out there.

But When I put time, energy and money (yes, in that same order) in organizing a photo-shoot, telling any reason at the last minute, doesn’t really help. I deal with it so much, more than I want to admit to. I do understand that last minute mishaps are inevitable and I also know that it cannot be really a last minute thing if you really put some effort in communicating it.

It would help me and the people who help me in putting together the photo-shoot in a great manner, if we are given a 12 hour minimum heads-up. This will help us in making other arrangements or stay home and queue up Netflix…;-)

I also have to point out that there were instances in which the models have called ahead the previous day and either cancelled or rescheduled the shoot, which is a great deal for me considering the time they give me to start making calls.

Anyway, why am I venting all these here?

I’m getting to it…:-)

The way I roll.. The day before the photo-shoot, I make sure everything I needed to carry to the location., be it a studio or an outdoor venue is all packed and set to ‘ready to be carried out’ mode. I usually arrive at the location, 15-30 minutes early to make sure everything is intact and also start preparing for the shoot by setting up the equipment and such.

Never once, I had a model arrive at a location before I did.

The model: Ingrid. She was there at least 15 minutes before the mentioned time. I walked into the studio, she was there already. I was pleasantly, surprised and shocked because it has never happened before. Hence all the venting above (See my point here?). This might not be a big deal to a lot of people but to me it is. In a way, she made me look bad because I had to setup the equipment and made her wait till I finished it.. **awkward**

I kid;-), she was cool about the whole deal and she was also very understanding. This was shot in a studio environment. Even though I had enough control over the lights, I had to run around to change the light positions. She had lot of ideas for posing which you would see in some of the pictures below. She is very open-minded and a down to earth girl. Overall, not only she was on time for the shoot, she as very fun to hang out with.

Light Setup: Two lights, one to her left and the other to her right. The third right behind her to illuminate the background. All lights triggered wireless-ly using PocketWizard Flex TT5 & Mini TT1 combo.

Model: Ingrid Burton
Lights: 3 x Canon 580 EX II
Cameras: Canon 5D Mark III & Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II L and Canon 100mm f2.8 L
Wireless triggers: Pocketwizard Flex TT5 & Mini TT1, controlled with a AC3 ZoneController

Here are the pictures from the shoot.
Warning before you scroll down: Some or all of the pictures below are NSFW.

 

Thanks for stopping by..:-)

Ashley

Here is another shoot which I did over the last few weeks. This is another indoor shoot with a simple three light setup with a white background. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get tired of shooting against a white background..;-)Time will tell.

The Model: Ashley. Was super cool to work with and was very patient through out the shoot. Nothing short of professionalism and she very quickly picked up my vaguely described pose ideas. Like I’ve mentioned in several of my previous posts, I suck at guiding the model with the pose ideas in my mind. The last picture in this series was a fun one and took a while for us to achieve. The setup was simple but it didn’t work as I thought. But we decided to make do with what we had. Ashley posing on the bed, covered with a white sheet. With one flash light from behind her and the other one to my left, facing her. I held the camera in one hand and the white sheet in other. Me being more concentrated on how the picture came out after clicking, I kept dropping the sheet on Ashley’s face and didn’t even realize it. I was amazed to see how cool she handled it. I don’t encounter models who are usually this patient.

The light setup, One light from above Ashley. Two lights behind her to illuminate the background. And a reflector in front to light the shadows. All lights triggered wireless-ly with PocketWizards and zone controlled with AC3 ZoneController.

Model: Ashley Wilke
Lights: 3 x Canon 580 EX II
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II L and Canon 100mm f2.8 L
Wireless triggers: Pocketwizard Flex TT5 & Mini TT1, controlled with a AC3 ZoneController

Here are the pictures from the shoot.
Warning before you scroll down: Some or all of the pictures below are NSFW.

Thanks for stopping by..:-)

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