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2 Comments | Report
john_arsenault
 
john_arsenault March 15, 2018
an interesting combination of a figure study and an abstraction; well done.
Eyeconic
 
Eyeconic May 01, 2018
Love this image

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my good friends bedroom. She has a glass door to her backyard and the lighting was perfect. As soon as I saw the sunlight hitting her, I knew this was the shot I needed. It worked out perfectly.
Time
This particular shot was taken around noon. It was a little overcast, so we had just the right amount of sunlight.
Lighting
Sometimes you just have to let the lighting happen. The perfect capture will come when you least expect it, and this shot was one of those.
Equipment
A canon 7D with a kit lens and a tripod
Inspiration
My beautiful friend, Farrah, who is also a very talented poet wanted some photos taken as a way of regaining control of her life back. In a time in both of our lives when we needed to regain control of our bodies and see how beautiful we are, we decided to have a spontaneous session. Doing it in the privacy of her bedroom, a safe space where she’s free to let go made all the difference. As a female photographer, I think it’s important for women to express themselves and their beauty in photos. Now, there will always be something for her to look back on and remember who she is, how perfect she is, how free she is.
Editing
I don’t always do a lot of post processing, usually just a lot of color work/grading. But this entire series Felt like it needed a true ethereal touch. Shooting it felt like being in control of a lucid dream, where you’re free to fly and I wanted that to translate in post. I used to different exposures together to make this one and tweaked my colors for a softer feel.
In my camera bag
I’m not big on gear. Gear doesn’t matter to me. Vision is what counts. I still shoot with the same 7D I’ve had for 5 years and an 85mm lens. I always keep a tripod in my book bag and a spare flash for fun lighting.
Feedback
When you’re shooting another person, it’s important that they feel safe and comfortable. Feelings really show through in a photograph. And if someone is tense and nervous, it’s very obvious in the final product. I always ask my clients about they wish others saw them, then how they see themselves. I ask them about the last dream they had, ask about their favorite things. I want them to feel like they’ve known me forever. That type of comfort makes all the difference in photos. I like fluidity, safety, comfort, a sort of soft freedom that comes out when you’re with someone you trust. Getting someone in that state of mind is what gives me that feel in a photograph of “I wonder what happened before this shit, and after it”. Talking a lot with your subject always works for me. Creating a safe space in turn creates images that can’t be reproduced. That’s what I look for. That moment you know you can’t recreate. Basically, my advice is this: worry less about the gear, and more about the subject.

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