A week and a half before this shoot, Dani Lugosi had never heard of me. A week and a half later, two shoots done with more to come!
So once again, Dani lives up to her reputation of giving a shoot all she’s got. Travelling for ages to get to the “studio”, we came up with some absolutely fantastic stuff, and had quite a number of laughs along the way.
Yes, another shoot on seamless white for me, but I just absolutely love how clean it looks. Using my typical setup in this studio with the key light being my 70cm Beauty Dish to camera left and an 18cm reflector on the white paper boomed from overhead.
The interesting thing about this shoot is we pretty much covered my major styles in the one evening. Starting off with some fashion, moving to glamour, some beauty, then back to something fashiony.
The poses with the stool are an idea I’ve wanted to shoot for quite a while. Just let the model play, sit on it, lean on it, etc. (at one stage, Dani picked up the stool to pretend to throw it!).
The white cloth is just some basic cloth I picked up from a fabric store, having in mind to have a model pose with it, or even use it as curtains. I love the shot with this fabric as at a quick glance you can just see a silhouette, but if you look closely, you can see a bit more. Works especially well with Dani’s tattoos.
The close up beauty shot with the red satin (also picked up from a fabric store) is more interesting in the post processing (although that said, as soon as I saw it on the back of the camera, I knew it was one of my favourite shots of the whole shoot). I spent approximately ten hours editing this shot retouching it pore by pore (using a dodge and burn technique and a 5 pixel brush). The hair took two and a half hours alone, along with smoothing the fabric. Dani doesn’t actually need that much retouching, but it is something I like to do every now and again. Ten hours is by far the longest though.
The final shot here is just another one with the red satin, but it looks fantastic bunched up like a dress.
This time, not only makeup was provided by Stacey D, but hair as well. A lot of talent there!