Save The Last Dance For Me

Save The Last Dance For Me

This is a sampling of photographs I made for the “Crazy Couture” photo shoot in Peoria, Illinois.  These were shot in an old warehouse near the riverfront using an inexpensive studio strobe in a large parabolic umbrella with a diffuser. The fill light is simply ambient light from the large windows. On the shots by the steel door I added a gelled Nikon SB800 as an accent.  The most valuable piece of gear I had with me was a borrowed step stool and my assistant who loaned me the step stool. It was around 40 degrees in the warehouse, tougher on models than photographers. No access to power except in the one working bathroom. All our gear works from battery power and the windows provided plenty of cloudy day diffused light to work by.

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We found several interesting props on the floor where we were working and put them to good use. This was a relatively short shoot of about four hours but our up and back driving time was around six hours making for a pretty long day.

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I was testing the lighting on this frame but I like the mood and body language. Amy has a cool and natural grace that makes her a pleasure to photograph.

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