I took this photo, in my home studio. Actually, the studio wasn't set up as we were finished shooting the concept we had planned. We had some time, before Madeleine (model) had to catch her bus, so we decided to shoot some freestyle beauty shots, against the wall.
It was taken around 8 PM. We had been shooting different fashion set-ups all day and this was our "Let's just have fun and mess up your makeup" moment.
This was shot, using my favorite source of light - a single beautydish. Because I wanted it to look like she was emerging from the darkness, I used a grid and placed the light, slightly above her, as a way of almost painting the strongest and most beautiful features on her face and to avoid too much catchlight in her eyes, to create mystique.
This was shot with my Canon Rebel T3i and a 85 mm lens.
In this case, I was inspired by the model. Any other person in my studio that day, and this photo wouldn't exist. It was really random and impulsive, but it didn't take me more than a few shots to realize, that we were creating something really amazing.
While the beauty dish created alot of contrast in this photo, I wanted to increase it even more, like almost over the top. I did this, because I didn't want anything else, than the most important elements, to be visible.
I also used different curves layers to paint in some more light and shadows, skin retouch and dodge/burn.
In my camera bag
In my bag, I have my Canon Rebel T3i, 50 mm lens, and sometimes an 85 mm, that I borrow. That will be my next investment, so I can take it with me, when I'm working outside of Denmark.
A reflector just in case, but I never really use it.
Well, first you should forget some of the basic rules in lighting, because I did break a few of those. Imagine the beauty dish as a spot light. The cool thing is, that you don't have to worry much about the background. It will darken it out.
When setting up your light, turn on the model light, and move the lamp around, to get a sense of how the light will fall on the models face. You want to be careful not to place the light too much, above her head, as that will darken the eye area, giving her something called "batman eyes".
Shoot it as close as possible, so you'll have plenty of details in her face.