My last post covered the run up to a photoshoot, the way I sourced and communicated with the model as well as the way I hoped the shoot would go. I set myself a goal to refine my workflow so I could focus on my artistic and technical skills in future sessions.
Overall the shoot went well. The pre-communication with the model was good. She was new to modelling and agreed to work time for prints and I covered the cost of hiring the studio (Butterfly Studio, Norwich - £20 for 2 hours). It was good to clearly define the terms of the shoot up front. We discussed and agreed on modelling levels, themes and clothing options. Agreeing to this up front really helped to make sure we started the session on the same page and didn't need to spend any time negotiating once we arrived.
On the morning of the session I made sure I contacted the model to make sure she knew I was still planning to meet her; as she was new to modelling I felt it was important I helped build her confidence about the shoot we had planned before we met.
I arrived a good 15 minutes before the session started. I hoped to gain access to the studio so I could set up but the studio was closed. Luckily, the model was also early so we spend the time chatting and getting to know each other. It was important to build Trust and rapport from the beginning so I made sure I asked plenty of questions about her and gave details about me.
Once we gained access to the studio I made sure I recapped what we had agreed during pre-shoot communications and set my equipment up while she changed into her first outfit. The pre-shoot communication really paid off and we were able to start working within 5-10 minutes of setting foot in the studio. I had also pre-planned the lighting setup using a web programme called "The Lighting Diagram Creator". I decided not to use the lights provided with the studio. The studio offers 4 studio strobes with softboxes. This is great for highkey shoots, it wouldn't work for me. I was after high contrast images which I could not get out of the studio strobes and softboxes, so I used my trusty Yongnuo 560 IV's and Rouge Flashbender XL.
The first setup aimed at spending time with the model getting to know her and how she performed in front of the camera. I could tell she was tense so spent the next 30 to 40 minutes taking basic shots and working through the key poses before we started working on the main shots.
The next hour went quickly, pre-planning the lighting set ups really helped me to focus on supporting the model rather than worrying about my kit.
All that was left to do once we completed the shoot was to tidy up and say goodbye, but I wanted to make sure I continued to add value so I discussed the potential of future shoots with the model, suggested she contacted me if she had any ideas she wanted to try and gave out my business card to the model and the studio owner.