One of the things I Like to pride myself on is my ability to style my own shot’s. I think it’s one of the things a good photographer has to do to make his work stand out. There are two ways to do this, 1. is to have a good stylist to work with you. 2. Or like me do it yourself.
I have studied how to do this over the time I have been a working photographer and I now have a knack for putting things together and getting what’s in my head out into my images. Part of how it works for me is take a color you see in your shot as a main color and then work around that, the main color in all these shots is purple. My ideas are built most of the time on a color and or costuming of my model.
In this shoot I was starting with the corset colored purple & black then working with the backdrop (Wall) which I painted purple. The color black was with the neck-less, shoes, fishnet stockings and the chair and with clothe cover it also was made black. Once I had all the color props I liked it was time to work with the model who was Playboy® Playmate Barbara Moore who at the time needed a new set of images for her members website, all her poses were going to be very sexy so I had her pose with working with the chair sitting, squatting, standing and just playing about. It’s not to hard to get the look you need when working with Playmate, but if you are working with a new model you just might have to work a bit harder in getting the looks you need. Keep in mind you need to tell a story of a sort of a tease or get your model to just be super playful. Don’t just let her stand there and pose, get her to move about nothing looks more boring than a model who just stands there straight as you need to find some angels.
For my lighting I had one light bounce off the ceiling for a fill and used my ring-light as the main light. One of the best ways to use the ring-light is to have your model very close to the backdrop that is the mark of a fashion photographer. You can see that the fill light softened the shadow that the ring-light would make.
Canon 20D F8.00 @ 125sec ISO 200