Bea, left, and Meagan.
Bea lounging on the lawn.
This set is from a photo shoot for a Lip Service webzine article. I first met Bea at the Auxiliary Magazine release party, where there was a Lip Service fashion show. We took some closeups for a makeup tutorial, and then went for a drive to find a good location for the fashion shots. The first stop was at the waterfront, which would have looked much better around sunset. Plus, it was too windy, and the models were too squinty in the bright sunlight. We ended up heading to the Buffalo Botanical Gardens, which offered quite a nice compliment to the mood of the clothing. Thanks to the direct sun (ick), I used a good bit of fill-flash, and it was a challenge to balance the light levels and contrast. There are a few images that I’m very happy with, shown above, and a bunch of other good ones which you can see after the jump, below.
A nice young lady who goes by the monkier Vanity Kills has authored a splendid review of the Lip Service fashion show that was held at the Auxiliary Magaizine release party. I was there with camera in hand, and along with Clark Dever, the official event photographer (hey Clark, awesome photos, let’s chat sometime!), Ms. Kills featured a few of my photos as well! Many thanks, Vanity Kills! If you’d like to check out the review, and you know you want to, you will find it here: http://www.lip-service.com/webzine/?p=1166
Auxiliary Magazine hosted a release party for their new issue, and Lip Service showed up with a fashion show. Fantastic clothing designs, beautiful models, amazing music! Below you’ll find some of my pictures.
This was a challenging shoot due to low light, even lower than a typical fashion show, because it was at a nightclub. I came prepared for that, with a flash cable, gels, etc – my evil plan was to bounce the flash off whatever ceiling/wall/whatever was nearby to get a soft light on the models, and hopefully see a faster shutter. Well, my hopes and CTO-corrected photons were thoroughly dashed upon the black-painted ceiling – black is not very reflective! The walls weren’t much better. I tried using everything around me in some test shots before the show, but damned if I could get enough light reflecting to make a difference or produce an amazing image. The mirrored wall worked, but a mirror doesn’t diffuse light and it looked like crap.
I went on-camera with the flash, which I hate to do, but it was the only way left to me at the time to get any pictures at all. The models were moving quickly, from one sexy pose to the next, so a slow shutter in low light will not work! Shot everything in RAW because the lighting was very inconsistent along the length of the runway, and everything moved so fast there’s no time to adjust for perfection on the spot. Of course due to the same reasons, I couldn’t batch all the RAW files, and had to sit there for two hours adjusting each one by hand. Keep that in mind if you shoot RAW! Consistency equals batching. Batching yeilds free time. Evolution through obedience. Oh, wait, that’s something else…
If you were involved in the show and would like to use these photos, you are welcome to, just email me and I can get you what you need!