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Wrapped



Studio shot of my daughter with her hair wrapped around her and a slightly quirky air.

Studio shot of my daughter with her hair wrapped around her and a slightly quirky air.
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photoferdinandi PRO+
 
photoferdinandi June 15, 2016
Great portrait!
HernandezJ
 
HernandezJ June 15, 2016
Creative Shooting !
UshaRao
 
UshaRao June 15, 2016
Nice portrait!
RyanParkerPhotography
 
RyanParkerPhotography June 15, 2016
Love the eyes!
vesnasvesna PRO
 
vesnasvesna June 15, 2016
very nice!
ernestasstanulis
 
ernestasstanulis June 15, 2016
GOOD JOB
pepemaldonado
 
pepemaldonado June 15, 2016
Love this photo
andrea_bc PRO+
 
andrea_bc June 16, 2016
Great style, please keep them coming!
paolocardone
 
paolocardone June 16, 2016
Xompliments, very good portrait, good light, good mood!
IanB PRO
 
IanB June 16, 2016
Superb portrait!!
paulsCOPhotography
 
paulsCOPhotography June 16, 2016
such a superb concept and processing
SalvatoreScuotto
 
SalvatoreScuotto June 18, 2016
Nice job:)
tom_a_findahl_0381
 
tom_a_findahl_0381 August 06, 2016
Congrats!
Check out my portrait; Leah - or maybe you already did...
roelraadsen
 
roelraadsen August 07, 2016
Great picture.
I am pretty sure I have seen this picture before in a Dutch photo magazine, on a other photo site or photo cover of a book or photo event some years ago.
Bellakentuky
 
Bellakentuky September 01, 2016
Awesome!
shotsofkate
 
shotsofkate September 08, 2016
Reminds me of Loretta Lux' work! Great portrait!
Henrymarbel PRO+
 
Henrymarbel September 17, 2016
Great portrait! I gree with @Roelraadsen, I have seen it before with anothe model. Althought this one is with a younger model. It does not disminish the originality and beauty to the portrait! Good job!
mazenmikati
 
mazenmikati December 08, 2016
too simple, too beautiful shot
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq August 26, 2017
Incredibly beautiful image! Congrats on your contest finalist award!
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe September 20, 2017
What a cutie!
damiangreene
 
damiangreene May 20, 2018
WOW AMAZING

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at home in my dining room, which is really rather small. You make do with whatever space you have available though, don't you? I often shoot through from my loungeroom as I have a double door entryway from there into the dining room. It's a bit awkward though as there is the kitchen bar right on camera left, which can make things a bit tight.
Time
I think this was taken in the afternoon, although in a studio type environment, the time doesn't really matter quite so much. I usually choose a time of day where my daughter is still fresh enough to do photos, so either mid-morning or early afternoon during the weekends or school holidays.
Lighting
I used a 120cm umbrella styled octabox that I got from ebay! It was fairly cheap and best of all, it worked. I use elinchrom lighting and I directed the light to the back of the brolly and it spread the light, which was then filtered through a diffusion sheet. I knew I wanted beauty style lighting so I aimed the light slightly downwards at the front of her and then I used a reflector to help lighten any shadows caused.
Equipment
I used my Nikon D800 camera with an 85mm lens. I like that focal length for close up portraits. I also used my Elinchrom D-lite 400 & a reflector as well as a trigger. For the background I just used a plain grey paper, as that gives me great latitude in post processing.
Inspiration
My daughter and I were just playing around, I was learning how to do this style of lighting. I wrapped her hair lightly around her neck and thought it looked like a scarf and realised how much we can use our hair in different ways, such as a fashion accessory or to express how we feel. After I got the shot I did a search to see if any other people had done this and I saw that there were stock photos that were somewhat similar in pose. It really taught me that no matter how original we think our ideas are, there will have been someone somewhere, that has done something else similar. I just tried to make it my own.
Editing
I have this love affair with textures, I love adding them into my work. I love the difference they can make to an image. So I added a few into this image, as well as clearing up stray hairs, skin and sharpening her eyes. I tend to use a lot of layers in my work so I can easily erase anything I don't like later on, as I tend to experiment a lot. I use Lightroom to cull and do small adjustments and then take it over into Photoshop for the heavier lifting.
In my camera bag
I'm more of a studio style photographer, so I have my D800 which is a bit on the heavy side. I have 3 lenses, my 50 f1.8, 85 1.8 and my 135 f2 I don't really need the shallower depths of fields of the more expensive lenses. I have my elinchrom HS Skyport trigger, which I love and the d-lite 400 lights. I use the Sekonic L-758D to measure light as well as various things like reflectors & clips etc I have also recently added the Jin Bei HD 600V light to my arsenal as well, for when I take my studio outdoors. It has the battery in the head, so it's one less thing to forget haha.
Feedback
Experiment, experiment, experiment! Sometimes photo ideas strike whilst you are playing around with lighting, or during the post-processing phase. Don't be afraid to try something new, whether that be a lighting style or a new way of editing an image. I've explained above in the lighting section how to light an image in a similar way to mine, however you can use what you have at hand or a proper beauty dish if you have one. Another thing to remember to take into account is what sort of mood you want to encapsulate and dress your model accordingly. Don't be afraid to fail and just have some fun with it all!

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