Natasha Kalashnikova Shoot

September 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Yet again I have been useless at keeping this blog more up to date. 

All I can say is

I ran out of gas. I....I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD

First person to comment and tell me where that line comes from gets a pat on the back.

Anyway lets see what I have been doing since my last studio update.

Truth be told, I haven't done as much as I would like to but I am very pleased with what I did get.

In reverse order up to my most recent shoot, here is what I got up to.

This shoot is one of my most favourite shoots so far mainly because I had an idea in my head and I managed to achieve exactly what I was expecting and a lot of this was due to help from Andrew at Saracen House Studios for the use of great lighting equipment and advice and definitely  due to the amazing looks and skills of the gorgeous Natasha Kalashnikova.

This was the first time I had a chance to work with Natasha and I wanted to get something a bit different.

The plan was to get something with some atmosphere using gelled lights and plenty of smoke (too much a few times!)

As said before I am very pleased with what I got especially as it was done within an hour.

I think rather than blabber on I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

This was the planned image and I am proud to say we nailed it in just a few shots.

This was done using a gridded red gelled light slightly above and to Natashas right, a bare beauty dish behind her and a softbox in front. The only thing I may have done differently would have been to lowe the softbox to light Natashas legs a little more. But apart from that I was very pleased

Natasha Kalashnikova

Next I thought lets go against the rules a little and get the beauty dish actually in the shot, this worked especially well with the few wisps of smoke and Natashas hair catching the light so well.

Natasha Kalashnikova

Next, I am a sucker for a headshot so I wanted to use the same setup but zoom in. I also added some fire cloth (Its 'official' name is Organza) after seeing Frank Doorhof using it at Focus On Imaging in one of his talks. Check him out he is a fantastic photographer or should I say fantashtic (Those who have seen him will no what I mean) http://www.frankdoorhof.com

It is great stuff and catches the light very well as you can see below. And WOW those eyes!

Natasha Kalashnikova

I wont put any more pics up on here otherwise you will never go to my website, so off you go, trot along to my gallery :)

http://www.darrenskidmorephotography.com/nk

Also check out Saracen House Studios, a fantastic little studio in near to Milton Keynes

http://www.saracenhousestudio.co.uk

 

Thanks once again to Natasha Kalashnikova and Andrew from Saracen House

 

 


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