Last week I worked with make up artist Elloise India Willett and model Nicole Dutschke to put together this Marie Antionette-inspired shoot. Often, as the photographer, I’m involved with the planning and direction of shoots. In this instance however, Elloise did everything! She first approached me with the concept after we worked together on a commerical shoot. We set a date, and Elloise did the hair and make up, booked the model, and sourced the dress.
I was aiming, with this shoot, to get a delicate balance between the natural light in the room and the flash-thru-softbox I was using to place a little more emphasis on Nicole’s face. Elloise had sent over a few inspiration images, and the lighting in each was very soft, so I wanted to get something similar. I diffused the flash several times to get a soft look, and set my shutter speed and ISO in accordance with the natural light. We were shooting in Elloise’s living room, which was three or four storeys up and had plenty of windows letting in the early-afternoon sun, so the flash really only needed to be a little extra push.