Every photo shoot doesn’t have to be require a lot of planning, preparation, equipment or even space. Sometimes, one light, a blank wall and beautiful teen girl is all you need.
You know how it is when you get all dolled up, have a good hair day, try a new makeup routine and you feel amazing. You want to capture the moment since you know it’s not bound to last. That’s how Imahni felt today… she updated her Facebook page to timeline view, recorded a cover for Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain” and wanted just a couple new images to upload.
I’ll admit I wasn’t jumping up and down with excitement about the idea of a photo shoot. I have officially declared this week a vacation from photo shoots (read my earlier post about shooting more than 100 portraits this year and you’ll understand why!). However, she’s my daughter and well, what can I say, I like to make her happy.
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT FOR ONE LIGHT PHOTO SHOOT
- Westcott softbox constant light. It was the closest thing to my office where we were shooting. Yes I have the “Big Mama” softbox that Zack Arias recommends, but there was no way I was lugging that upstairs for a few quick images. We used the natural light softbox versus the warmer light because of the color tone.
- Canon 5D full frame camera. Not the Mark II. Still one of the best pro camera bodies around. IMHO
- Blank grey wall. The walls of my office are grey and tan: colors I love and are actually pretty amazing to photograph. Neutral colors for the background are ideal for portraits so they don’t distract from the subject.
- Beautiful girl. Personally I think everyone has true beauty so that means it’s easy for me to find a beautiful girl to photograph. I think our goal as photographers (professional, amateur or aspiring) should be to really see the true beauty in everyone we photograph. When you see beyond the external into their heart and soul, you’ll photograph in an entirely new way and see things you never saw before.
No need to “spray and pray.” Focus. Take your time. Get what you need. Just 11 shots. That’s all I took. A little bit of direction on posing and expression and we were done.