Picked up our first vogue magazine, and saw a mini mohawk - straight away I though Angry Intense Punk! and because one of our fav models, Silhouette D’Amour, was threatning us with dying her hair back to her very natural bright purple we wanted to try it with her + there wasn’t anything very intense in her portfolio so we booked a time and off we went.
If anyone knows Silhouette, shes a very happy go lucky peppy goth musician, so the thought of angry/intense made her giggle a bit – here’s the result
We had a Beauty dish infront (Lumodi) and a bare flash zoomed at her face to create a back rim light
After that was done we tried to do the ‘American punk’ thang!
Lumodi beautydish was in front, with a bare rim to the right. The rim was on a tripod rather than a proper lighting stand, so you do get the collar cutting a pretty harsh shadow onto the face, but it’s still a pretty damn cool photo all things considered!
This shot was the front Lumodi again, but Kelly had the cool idea of putting our circular reflector behind her head, giving a shiny look. I’m loving this look. If I could shoot it again, I’d make sure the specular highlight was behind her hair, rather than just off to the left, but that’s really nit picking Probably my favourite image from the day.
We were all having so much fun so we decided to take it out into the staircase - we havent even been out there for anything apart from 2 fire drills (23 floor up.. not fun!), but luckily the rawness worked in our favour.. concrete and pooly put together railings work in our favour. It some how brought out a warmth in her posing (if that makes any sense)
We used the beauty dish in the front for her face, and used a bare speedlight on a step behind her for rim. It would have been fantastic to have an umbrella flash below the beauty dish as a third light to make it look more fashionable, but personally I like the mood it brings to the end result, and more artsy.
We quickly played around with doing the whole ‘faking what angle you are’ thing.. and made the floor look like she was pushing against it.. Unfortuntely the staircase was not forgiving and was rather thin, and we couldnt put our flashes in the places we wanted too, so what we did was put a bare speedlight infront of her on the floor, pointed directly at her head, to act almost like a spotlight.. it was definitely something funky to try
And a quick bonus iPhone BTS shot, of Kelly shooting in our tiny Melbourne apartment!
Rick & Kelly