Photo Shoot Concept “Romance Glam” – feat. Playmate Coxy Dominika

The Look

Colorful. Teasing. Charming. Warm. Wonderland Bedroom 🙂

The message I am going to create in this shoot is simple: “Teasing You The Romantic Way”.

Attributes are subtle, soft, warm and glamorous. The bedroom as chosen place supports the intimate atmosphere.
Experience Playmate Coxy Dominika in a charming and colorful scene, shot with 3 flash heads…

The Visual Approach

The visual approach is to create a glamour scene that lives from different light sources and characteristics.

I am combining limited flash light, color gels and candle light to get a mixed lighting situation. This creates distinctly appealing color tones and an overall visual modulation.

Visual Approach - Romance Glam - Playmate Coxy Dominika - Glamour Photography

Beautification & Styling

For the styling I choose tonally neutral lingerie that does not add any extra colors – they do not interfere with the set’s mood and tone.

The hair style is overall smooth and straight, only the stronger lip color once again expresses a more alluring message.

Beautyfication - Romance Glam - Playmate Coxy Dominika - Glamour Photography

Posing

Dominika needs to strike teasing poses but also deliver open and charming facial expressions at the same time.
To get an even more dynamic outcome I shoot a series using the “Dutch angle”-approach, meaning I tilt the camera and frame the model more tightly. This is a matter of taste but I like that approach every now and then.

Posing - Contact Sheets - Playmate Coxy Dominika - Glamour Photography

Lighting Concept: Mixed Lighting Situation

This scene consists of a mixed lighting situation. I use flash heads with approx. 5,000 Kelvin degrees. But I put color gels in front of 2 heads: an orange and a blue one. This leads to a cast of different color temperatures: warm & cool. Then there’s the candle light which approximately shines at 3,000K.
So the mixture of color casts is predictable yet quite intentional.

For letting the candle light immerse nicely I drag the shutter to a 1/30 of a second and…- I increase the ISO to 640 to let even more warm light sink in.

Mixed Lighting Situation - Light Set Plan - Playmate Coxy Dominika - Glamour Photography

Key Light: Separation & Modulation
A silver coated beauty dish acts as key light. I attach a grid to narrow down the light beam and to better control the direction. The size of the light beam is restricted but that’s OK because I want to have the visual spot on the Playmate’s head and breasts.

Catch Lights
The dish creates decent catch lights and the eyes shine lively… – a glam shot with “dead eyes” would be a desaster!

Effect Lights
In order to create the specific color mood I desire, I am using a total of 2 effect lights.

First, a small stripbox with a fabric grid and an orange gel is used for the hair- and rim light. This light is placed diagonally from the side behind the model and separates her perfectly from the blue, complimentary, colored background.

The second effect light serves as background fill. It’s equipped with a standard reflector, a grid and a blue gel. The blue color acts as complimentary element to the orange light but also to the flesh tones and the natural blonde hair color.

The Candles
Last but not least there are the candles. They don’t play a major role for the illumination itself because their light is simply too weak. But the warm and glowy light supports the story beautifully.

Result - Romance Glam - Playmate Coxy Dominika - Glamour Photography

Photo Production Team

Tech DNA

  • 3x 400 Ws Monoblocs
  • Key light: Beauty Dish Ø2.3’/Ø80m, powered @around 270 Ws with Grid
  • Effect Light No. 1: Strip box 8.5x22’’/22x48cm w/Fabric Grid & Orange Gel (CTO), powered @around 220 Ws with Grid
  • Effect Light No. 2: Standard Reflector w/Grid & Blue Gel (CTB), powered @around 220 Ws with Grid
  • F4-7.1
  • 1/30
  • ISO 640
  • 4900K

Tutorial: “Glamour Nudes: Shooting Blueprint. Concept, Planning, Shoot, Legal.”

Tutorial: ‘Playboy Glam & Artistic Nudes Photo Production’

7 Films. 133 Min Runtime. FullHD
Follow A Complete Production Process: Prep & Shoot. 5 Sets! Starring Czech Playmate Coxy Dominika.
Photo Shoot Blueprint: Get a detailed overview about all steps of a photo production process: Concept, Planning, Art Direction, Implementation, Full Tech Specs, Secrets & Results. Observe, feel and learn from this extremely detailed glam & artNUDE production by following Dan’s single steps. Consider this tutorial a glimpse into a private workshop from the comfort of your home.


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Dan Hostettler

A traveler at heart, inspired by women, working along Swiss precision. Dan is a mediapreneur, photographer, author of several books and founder + Editor in Chief of SexyWomenPhotography.com.

Being a successful photographer for more than 15 years Dan got internationally published and featured on/in GQ Online, The India Times, FashionONE TV, FotoTV, GoodLight Mag, amongst many others. Dan is currently residing and working in Prague, CZ.

Dan will talk about his projects, provide insights in shootings & concepts, produce webinars, create Academy content, explain styles, emphasize the importance of working with models and any other exciting topic he discovers along the way.

Are you also using effect lights (with color gels) every once a while? Post a sample please!

2 Comments

  1. Hi Dan,

    Here is one of my attempts with color gels : http://emenaut.deviantart.com/art/Melisa-562169319

    Very simple set, one speedlight with a blue gel on the left side. One speedlight with purple gel on the right side.
    The speedlights are between the model and the camera, pointing to the model.
    I don’t remember the settings, I don’t have a lightmeter. I usualy sart at a quarter or half of the power and adjust the settings until I like the result 🙂

    Greetings,

    Eric

    Reply
    • Dan Hostettler

      Salut Eric,
      Thanks for sharing your image and insight. Very nicely done! Simple setting, great effect. Although there’s a lot of color in that image is still looks very “natural”. Great mixture of the color casts, skin tone & couch color.

      Best, Dan

      Reply

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