An Hour Fifty

Gina (GIAN Styling) has been working feverishly on her family of floral headpieces. A number are complete now but there are plenty sitting around on the lounge room shelves awaiting the finishing touch. They are all named too but I won't release all the details until she's completed the whole family. These will be used in our creative portraits business and also in our artistic work.

She had two that were ready to photograph, so we arranged model Ama Garatshun to model them. We decided on a 1pm start at the home studio and Ama had to be out by 3, leaving about an hour fifty for Gina to fit the headpieces, to shoot the two headpieces in the way Gina wanted them done, for me to shoot one of them with the large format camera (possibly for the Adorned series) and then I also had an idea which involved climbing the tree out the front and shooting down at Ama, who would be lying in the Autumn leaves lying on the ground.

Shot by AMA from her spot in the leaves.

Setting up the lighting for the headpieces was easy - using the same method used previously to create an even shadowless and ethereal kind of light, which is a blend of natural light and Elinchrom strobe. On went the headpieces and we cycled through some looks and poses that we thought would best reflect the concept.

I also dragged out the 4x5 and shot Ama with the Amaryllis headpiece but decided to just use natural light and B&W film - knowing the LF camera would create a very different effect to what the digital does in the same light. That shot will be posted soon!

With about 15 minutes left we went outside, I climbed the tree with the Pentax 67 (no mean feat in itself as I had cut off the branches I needed to climb up on so as to have a clear view for the shots I had in mind), Ama disrobed and lay down in the leaves and I fired off 10 shots. That's it! Exactly an hour fifty with 10 minutes for Ama to get dressed and ready to leave...

Towards Winter - Pentax 67 on Portra 400. Processed in Tetenal solution.

It was one of those organised and efficient shoots when everything gels and... happens. Shoots like that can only be achieved when everyone in the team knows their job perfectly and it's that collaborative aspect that is so very rewarding; it gives you a great amount of respect for the other creatives involved in the process of creating the one thing - the photograph.