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Mango and Soft Lips

Mango and Soft Lips
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Behind The Lens

"Mango" is a simple name for a sensual exploration of eating a mango. This was shot in the backyard of a "model house" that was provided by the agency.
It was one of the hottest days in Miami Beach, Florida! I ditched the reflector to stop blinding everyone on set, and used the natural light provided by the warm-hugging sun. It was around 4pm.
The natural light was being blocked by an adjacent house and a large flower bush. We were in the shadec away from too much "scattered" light pouring in from the holes in the bushes. It was a soft, punchy light.
Sony a7, zeiss 55 mm 1.8 lens, and a gorgeous subject who knew her body, as well as understood the concept.
"Uh you love the mangoes i brought as a gift, good! Eat one!" She used her teeth and bit the peel back and I was amazed. I never ate mangoes like that so it was interesting to me. I asked her to do it again and we got the shot.
Light skin retouching using frequency separation, selective color to make yellow and reds how I want them, slight shifts in curves channels to be even more punchy with color, and cropping a neck, up shot.
In my camera bag
I always have the sony a7 and 55 zeiss in my bag exclusively right now in my ONA Bowery bag. Along with that is my passport, batteries (4), two chargers, business cards, and external flash+transmitter.
Let it be natural and feel natural. Giving too much direction and over thinking lighting can ruin a gallery-worthy shot. Let people do things their own way if it really is better than what is in your mind but still follows the concept. Look at how colors in background shape the foreground. Take more than enough shots to ensure you got your photo in focus. Had this been slightly out of focus, I couldn't have cropped so drastically.

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