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Wonder Women - Karlee



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Model: Karlee Dunham

Model: Karlee Dunham
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5 Comments |
GCallahan
 
GCallahan May 09, 2018
Great photo! Love the spear. I never would have thought of that.
pietnel
 
pietnel May 31, 2018
Stunning shot beautiful young lady
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO December 19, 2018
the photo is really a scary woman with a very sharp spear
TN-P
 
TN-P January 15, 2020
That look tells it all
isaacaschb Platinum
 
isaacaschb February 05, 2022
Great photo, Attractive and Powerful. 💪💪💪💪💪
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Behind The Lens

Location

This image was shot at Union 206 Studio, in Alexandria VA. We used their "Studio B" which is geared more towards portrait, editorial and boudoir work.

Time

Early evening, I think. We all met up after Karlee's day job was over.

Lighting

We shot this using a pair of Alien Bee 800 studio lights. Large softbox on the key light.

Equipment

I shot with my Canon 7D Mark II, using Pocket Wizard triggers to the Alien Bees. I shot with my usual lens, the Canon 24-105mm F/4. It's a great non-specialized lens, great for smaller studio spaces and it's given me a lot of amazing shots.

Inspiration

We've been doing our Wonder Women series for a year and a half now, I believe that Karlee was our 22nd in the series. We were inspired to the series by the scene in the Wonder Woman film where Diana shows up to the party in her blue gown with the sword hidden down the back of the dress. I saw that in the trailer in the movie theater and I immediately turned to my wife and said "I have an idea for a photo project". Since then, it's been gorgeous women in beautiful gowns with fancy weapons. Working with Karlee specifically was a no brainer. She's an incredibly striking woman and she's been on our model wish list for a while. When the stars aligned and we had the chance to shoot, we jumped at it.

Editing

Lots of dodging and burning. More so than I usually do, but I wanted to play with turning up the intensity a bit. I wanted the images of Karlee to have an angelic quality, where her skin and hair glowed a bit out of the dark background.

In my camera bag

For studio shoots I usually have my 7D Mark II, my 24-105mm F/4L lens, my 50mm f/1.4 and a few memory cards. Nothing unusual. The spear is not a common camera bag accessory.

Feedback

Aside from picking a model who's incredibly striking, pay attention to how all your angles are aligning. In this instance, I was really careful about the lines being created by the couch back, couch arm, spear, the line of her body, her jawline...it's a whole series of lines that go along with each other, or cross each other. Make strong choices. Second thing, pay attention to you light falloff.

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