I always meter the light when I use strobes but it doesn’t make sense for me to keep shooting in the same spot and angle so usually end up moving the light around and get lazy metering it again. I did a bunch of shots straight on because I wanted the love seat in the entire frame but then moved over so that she got some back lighting from the windows. She changed outfits and I just turned the love seat around for the next set of shots. She is a natural at utilizing her body and what’s around her and just knows what to do with it right away. I love the last shot in this set where she makes these great lines with her body.
I was done with the love seat and was thinking of something else to do next when Jennifer suggested she can hop on the ledge of the windows. I thought it was an amazing idea and these are some of my favorite shots from this shoot. The windows were really tall and was getting great natural light at the time. I shut off the strobes for these and had Daniel her manager hold up the reflector for me.
We took a little break and I looked around the studio to see what we can do next. They had these foam panels so I started to make a little box around one of the walls with it. I closed off the wall on the right side with one panel, then place another one next to it but left a little space in between. The rest of the panel wrapped around the front and the left side was completely open. I setup 1 strobe with a reflector head and placed it behind the crack of space I left. I’ve never done this setup before so I wasn’t sure if I would get good results. I had Jennifer positioned in the center of the wall and I shot from front with the panel right behind me.