Going slightly weird in formal tones is key when looking to achieve a bold and unconventional set.
This series mainly lives from the tonal contrast aspect and Dominika’s curves and posing play a very important role as well.
The Visual Approach
Dominika’s pale flesh tone plays on one side and the scene, immersed in complimentary blue, on the other. That’s the basic and simple visual concept for this shoot.
The room itself provides already a wealth of patterns and all sorts of visual lines. Using these structures to follow along with compositional aspects but then break the some of the rules is a true delight.
Beautification & Styling
Dominika wears a strong outfit and bold make-up in play against the soft round curves of her body.
The dark shadowy colors of the make-up also correspond very nicely with the blue lighting.
The chosen laced varnish dress fantastically takes all already existing lines and patterns to the next level by adding an independent structure of lines.
And Dominika’s soft body forms in combination with her varnish over-knee boots lead to an exciting visual interaction.
Needless to say, that that body curves, hence Dominika’s posing, play a very important role as well. For starters, we worked through a broad range of C/S/I and got then more expressive and experimental.
Further, the minimalistic yet very specific facial expressions are vital when shooting the portrait sequence.
Lighting Concept: Yellow & Blue
For creating the lighting design, I choose to have appealing colors on the model’s pale skin but a complementary, extravagant and hard atmosphere around her all over the scenery.
It’s not about a soft characteristic light at all but rather about feeling and sensing the “softness” of the model’s curves in the sequence when she will pose naked.
A beauty dish with grid serves as key light. The silver coated bowl produces an “edgier”, more defined light and the grid helps to control and eliminate the light spill.
Effect Light 1: Rim
One effect light serves as a rim-creator directed from back left. It is equipped with a standard reflector and barn doors. The doors help to prevent light spilling towards the lens.
The light hits the model’s side and creates a nice blue line and adds visual depth to the warm colored flesh tones.
Effect Light 2: Background
The second light’s purpose is to light up the scene behind the model. It uses a snoot and also a double-layered blue color gel.
The beam is aligned to just hit the floor and the back wall.
Added Value: Lusters
Last but not least the yellow shimmering lusters bring in an additional visual element and create a warm connection to the model. This light beautifully serves as visual “added value” and emphasize the soft tones radiating from the model.
- 3x 400 Ws Monoblocs
- Key light: Beauty Dish Ø2.3’/Ø80cm, powered @around 330 WS w/ Grid
- Effect Light 1: Snoot & Blue Gel (CTB), powered @around 300 WS
- Effect Light 2: Standard Reflector w/Grid & Blue Gel (CTB), powered @around 300 WS
- Focal Range: 18-85mm
- ISO 640