A couple of weeks ago I headed out to the local beach (Oxnard, California) to do a simple photoshoot with Lauren, who needed some images for her portfolio. Susie Nino did makeup for us, and graciously put up with doing makeup on a park bench in the sun and wind! She had been prepared to do hair as well, but Lauren showed up with her hair already gorgeous, and we decided to leave well enough alone.
The images you see here are all ambient-light images…in other words, I didn’t use a flash. Pretty unusual for me when it comes to fashion, but I wanted a softer, sweeter look. I did use a reflector on some of the images, sometimes using a white surface and other times a reflective gold. Mostly I positioned my reflector-wielding assistant on the opposite side of Lauren from the sun, slightly behind, to add an edge light.
These were all shot entirely on film. The first image was shot on my Busch Pressman Model D, a 4×5 ‘press’ camera that uses giant sheets of 4×5″ Kodak Portra 400 film. I tilted the lens so that the focal plane is also tilted. Her face is in sharp focus while her dress is out of focus. It adds to the dreamy look.
The rest of the images were shot on Kodak Portra 160. One image, the close up of Lauren smiling, was shot using my Nikon F5 with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. All the rest of the images were shot using with my Bronica ETR-s with a 75mm f/2.8 lens. My manual-focusing abilities are better than I thought!
Thanks to Lauren, Susie and Lauren’s friend (who held the reflector) for making a great shoot go smoothly!