Gidget Gravedigger (fb, ig, podcast) is a fascinating human. Her and her sister have a podcast where they talk all things horror films; clearly by her name, she’s a horror themed human. Sometimes when I talk to Gidget, she says she’s doing something like practicing her ‘horror makeup application…’ she has tarot reading nights, and she likes her bourbon sours.
I always reflect (maybe wince a bit) on whether or not I let people be their true selves when I’m shooting them. I really am trying to stay away from telling them to do things like: “Be a hipster,” “Wear those casual pants there,” or even: “Just do natural makeup,” when they’re clearly not a casual type of person. Some people are, which is totally awesome (cause that’s the way I lean), but some people just don’t get to excited about being casual.
Fortunately for me, Ms. Gravedigger also likes Victorian themed photoshoots in rose gardens – I think it was her who actually suggested we try and do something spooky in the rose gardens of Stanley Park, Vancouver while they were all just thorns, and not blooming. I’ll let you comment down below to approve if we nailed the spooky part, but we definitely got the look down.
tech specs // sony a7 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 / Helios 44-2 58mm / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4
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This weekend I had the pleasure to capture Christine Anne (@christinean) with my camera. We headed to a apartment in Coal Harbor, provided to us by the amazing Jill Sinclair (@hotrodrealtor), in an area pretty close to Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver. The view was amazing, but we weren’t there to observe the scenery, we were there to shoot.
Upon arriving, I was immediately impressed with the lighting in the place: very ambient. Also, I was very happy with the furniture, I loved the couch we were able to use.
Christine Anne hadn’t done much modeling before, but she was amazing to work with, smiled very nicely, and, well, you can see for yourself how stunning she is.
What I used for the shoot was my Canon T1i. I don’t like to use it, but because of close quarters of the apartment, I was forced to either use my wide-angle or my 18-55mm kit lens, so I chose the 18-55 to use because it would allow me to also get detail shots without having to change my lens. It turned out to work pretty good afterall. I also had my Yongnuo flash in hand, attached by a coil-cable to my hotshoe so I could have more freedom to place it wherever I wanted, since I didn’t have a stand for it. For the most part, I used the natural reflector built into the flash, with the flat surface of the reflector pointed at Miss C.
I’m trying to learn lighting, so if you have any suggestions as to what you would have done differently, I’d love to hear.
Hope you enjoy!
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