This is Elicia from Next Models. We shot this using just the late afternoon beautiful crisp window light. Her expression and body language with the necklace make this photo so evocative and maybe even erotic depending on how you as an individual looks at it. Notice the soft hands that are so important when photographing tight beauty photography. And that is also what makes a photograph great. If every viewer can take something different from your photo, then it is something special in my book. Another quality that makes this photo special is that it is all natural with no retouching.
I am showing you guys this shot because I can’t stress enough how important it is to NOT get hung up on “the rules.” It’s good that you all want to know what lens I used, how many lights, f stop etc., however the TRUTH is that I could light a shot with a friggin flashlight and if the expression, or action is CAPTIVATING, then who gives a rats ass about the technical stuff ?
So here is Britania. She’s smacking her lips with this bubble gum. NORMALLY I tell the model to spit that crap out. But I just had a hunch that SHE would make magic with that gum lol. So this brings me to another point. DON’T EVER PUT DOWN THE CAMERA UNTIL YOU YELL WRAP ! Just like an actor never stops acting until the director yells cut !
So Britania is doing her thing and I am snapping away on that shutter. Then there is this short pause, the one where most guys would rest their arm for a couple seconds. I kept my camera against my eye and Britania blows this bubble and hits a pose that ended up being f**kin cool !!!!!!!!
No she’s not wearing a $10,000 couture gown or anything amazing for that matter. But look at this !
Don’t put your camera down. if it gets heavy then hit the gym and build some muscle !
This is a wonderful model with perfect skin. I lit her from underneath with a medium strip bank from Photoflex. Then I place a medium softbox above her and a little bit in front of her. Shot digitally with my Canon 1DS and a 100 mm 2.8 lens. What makes this shot amazing is the model’s expression.
How does a photographer pull that from a model ? Ahhhhhhhh the question of all questions. My answer is simple. TALK TO YOUR MODEL CONSTANTLY. Keep telling her how beautiful she is, how amazing she is. Throw out adjectives like, vulnerable, shy, nervous, sexy, timid, diva-like, I think you get the idea. A great model is a great actor as well.