I recently had the pleasure of photographing a new jewelry line by Flori Manning. The designer herself called me from Chicago where she lives, we talked over the concepts, budget etc. and the next thing you know she is on a plane to Los Angeles to shoot her look book with lil ol me.
We had a great model and some beautiful jewelry as well as great make up and hair. One of my make up artists Lori Young did a great job with the make up and hair.
As for the lighting, I used my typical beauty lighting set up. One small white satin umbrella above the model and in front of her and silver reflector on a stand below to fill in any shadows and light up that jewelry. We shot 9 different looks. Here we see two of them.
When prepping for a photo shoot with a client who is based out of town you have got to be very thorough and write everything down from every phone call. Ask your client to email you samples of the look they are going for. The more specifics you get from your client the easier the shoot will flow. Because there is no initial in office meeting, everything must be done via email and phone. It’s not as easy as an in person meeting but it can be done effectively.
A bit more info on the technical side of a shoot like this must be mentioned. In the first shot you see the model is wearing a necklace AND earrings. In this situation I needed to set a very tight f stop to make everything sharp from the necklace all the way back to the earrings. I set it to f/13, so my strobes were popping ! lol In the second shot we don’t have earrings in the shot, however, the necklace must be sharp from the closest edge to camera all the way back to where it rests on the back of her neck.
Any questions or comments are welcome !Tags: beauty lighting, jewelry, look book, make up artist, photo shoot, reflector, shadows and light, strobes, umbrella