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RobertFunston PRO+
 
RobertFunston July 15, 2018
This may be a stupid question, but are these really outdoors?? Love the look she is giving.
kathydoylequinn PRO
 
kathydoylequinn November 17, 2018
Absolutely stunning!
Aprilvyetta
 
Aprilvyetta April 04, 2019
Gorgeous!!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on a walking path near my house.
Time
It was the afternoon on a cold snowy day. The Model was a warrior standing there as she was freezing.
Lighting
This was completely natural light - no reflector ...just the natural soft box of the snow
Equipment
I used my Canon 5d Mark 2 and my 70-200 mm. No on camera or off camera flash.
Inspiration
I love magical and ethereal imagery. I have good friends who are designers - I had two on this set - One leather designer and one clothing designer. We paired the two together to make this amazing look. Since it was snowing that day - the model instantly turned into a Winter Queen. Like I said - I am drawn to Ethereal looks - so this makes me squeal with delight when I see a model look like this!!
Editing
I shot this on a walking path outside my house. One side of the path was awesome - full line of trees...the other side was a row of houses. (Not pretty) so I duplicated the side I liked and made a nice treed path. As I always do - I cleaned up any parts of her face (stray hairs) and the dress (stray threads) - there were bobby pins holding the crown on - I cloned those out. I dodged and burned the entire outfit and her face - Highlighting where I wanted things to pop. I added a few more snowflakes - just to be dramatic (and I live in the far north - so I LOVE wintery photos) haha.
In my camera bag
If I am shooting in my studio - I basically have my camera and a 50 mm 1.2 - thats it. I am pretty basic in my approach I suppose. If I shoot on location or at a clients space. I bring my think tank - with two Canon pro bodies, and my primes (85, 50, 35) and a 70-200 just in case. haha. I prefer primes for all my portrait work though.
Feedback
If you love magical and ethereal imagery - find a photo you love as inspiration ( there are a million jaw dropping images here on view bug to find one) . Cobble together the best outfit for your inspiration. Make sure you get a model that can emote emotion or it won't work. A model has to BECOME the winter queen or its not believable. You can't have a model just stand there and not feel the outfit. I hope that makes sense. I feel like thats where most images go wrong ....the photog or stylist dresses a beautiful girl up in something and the model feels "shy" or "awkward" - it just doesn't work. Most of all - have fun - play around. If you are doing this for your own personal work - thats the time to get excited and play with different lighting and lenses and photoshop techniques!! You can always drop me a note if you have a question about something specific!! Keep being magical, guys!!! x

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