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Emily Whitworth at Union 206
MUA: Abbi Shank

Emily Whitworth at Union 206
MUA: Abbi Shank
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16 Comments | Report
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta January 20, 2015
Superb portrait. Congratulations on being Featured.
nellasfotographymalta
 
nellasfotographymalta January 20, 2015
Awesome
catini
 
catini January 20, 2015
Great portrait, congrats on your feature!
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman January 20, 2015
Congratulations on being featured.
mindeye
 
mindeye January 20, 2015
Awesome model and bold colour. Congrats on feature
iceman2
 
iceman2 January 20, 2015
Excellent portrait capture with great clarity!Congrats!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD January 20, 2015
Great photo. Congratulations.
Fuad_Rahim_Asman
 
Fuad_Rahim_Asman January 20, 2015
awesome portrait.
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SusiStroud January 20, 2015
Beautiful Portrait. Congrats on your Feature!
bbk
 
bbk January 20, 2015
Portrait shot nicely done.Great pose, expression and lighting.Congrats on your feature photo.Keep up the good work!!! Not forgotten the beautiful model.Fantastic eyes!!!
beatrice
 
beatrice January 20, 2015
great portrait & great edit, congratulation on your featured.
Ian_Phillips
 
Ian_Phillips February 21, 2015
Exelent Portrait. Well done on being featured. :)
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cynthialesley March 05, 2015
Fantastic capture!
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RobinV March 11, 2015
Amazing photography
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RamyDelariarte May 24, 2018
Awesome
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RickL Mar 08
Exceptional portrait photography,excellent use of lighting

Behind The Lens

Location
We shot this series at Union 206 studio in Alexandria, Virginia. We were using their largest studio, A. We had some big ideas and wanted some big room.
Time
I want to say this was early afternoon. If memory serves, Emily had rehearsal that evening, so we met early to do her headshots and this series.
Lighting
I was very careful with the lighting. The hood made for some interesting shadows and shapes, and we played a lot with where it was sitting on her head, how much her face was covered....it was a lot of fun. I kept the modifiers nice and tight, using grids and narrow softboxes as needed.
Equipment
I shot this on my Canon 7D with my 24-105mm F/4L lens. Handheld with the house triggers to set of the studio lights.
Inspiration
We spent a lot of time in 2014 exploring masks and minimalist set ups. We had a lot of costume and prop heavy shoots the year before, so we wanted to scale way back. The second batch of mask based shoots were super hero themed. Emily had the perfect look and figure to use this hood. The dark green really brings out her eyes and the size of it on her frame kept the shoot in the realm of implied nudity.
Editing
I did some very light glamour retouching, smoothing the skin and brightening the eyes a bit. I wanted the contrast of the shadows to be strong, but not unnatural. I was also picky about the sharpening. I like the texture of the leather, and I wanted to bring that out a bit.
In my camera bag
For studio shoots, I usually have my Canon 7D, my 24-105mm F/4L lens and my 50mm F/1.4. That's it. I like to spend most of my time with the studio lights and the model, not so much with the bells and whistles on my camera.
Feedback
Pay attention to lines, shadows and textures. I think being picky about the hood made this photo what it is. Where it folds, where it casts shadows, how open the lacing is, how the lines complement what else is going on. Also have a fantastic model. Emily is incredible and I hope to see her working everywhere.

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