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BTS Urban dance photoshoot

Feat. Alice Pernão

An urban ballet portrait session, or a dance photography photoshoot… I haven’t posted a Behind-the-scenes video in a while, so here you are. This one was made a couple of months ago with Alice in Strasbourg. By the way, I will be back in Strasbourg in a month. That day, luck was not on our side, it was a cold day, it was a bit windy, and the light wasn’t great. But when did this ever stop me?


Just one lens, the GF 80mm f1.7, and the Fujifilm GFX100s. This is becoming a habit, you know what they say: "Less is more"! Yesterday, I posted for premium members an exclusive Behind-the-scenes video. These 2 sessions have one thing in common: no flashes, no fancy accessories, only me, my camera, and a bit of improvisation. I usually do a mix for my clients. I currently use the GF 50mm, GF80, and GF20-35mm and most of my sessions whether it is indoors or outdoors. But this shows you can still make a wide variety of shots with only one.


Since Strasbourg is on the other side of France for me, I have to travel by plane, so I am limited with the amount of gear I can carry with me. For bigger projects, I would bring with me all the necessary lenses and rent the rest of my gear.


Alice Pernão (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/250sec f/1.7 ISO 125



The advantage of making your photoshoot outside is that you have plenty of options and solutions that will help your model find new poses. Hang on a fence, lean against a wall, or lean on any element of your environment.


Alice Pernão (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/250sec f/1.7 ISO 50



You know how I love working with lines. I cannot help myself, they help me so much with my compositions and these lines add tension to my images. I often ask my models to look in different directions and to offer me different heights and body openings like the following images:


Alice Pernão (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/250sec f/1.7 ISO 50



One of my favorite accessories these days, a long trench coat. It allows me to keep my model's hands busy, and even to play with it!


Alice Pernão (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/640sec f/1.7 ISO 125



This photoshoot didn't end very well for me. I destroyed another 360° camera… so I couldn’t film the end of the session. I had the clever idea, to put my camera on a tiny tripod, and the wind tipped it over. This is what happens when you are in a hurry. My only consolation is that we were able to get some cool pictures.


Alice Pernão (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/320sec f/1.7 ISO 125


A fast and efficient session, as we like them. It was our first meeting, and first times are never easy. But this was different. Everything seemed simple, like a matter of course. It's a pity that the time didn't follow, I think we could have gone much further.


Alice Pernão (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/320sec f/1.7 ISO 125



The light that day was weird, and didn’t give us much to work with. If I had the option I would have used a negative fill for additional tighter portraits. I was missing those shadows, I wanted to give more depth to my images. A flash could have helped too for more directional light and obviously more control.


I am not saying I am not satisfied with the results, just that I would have probably had a different approach if I had access to a few accessories.

I will be off to the WGTF!? International hip-hop festival this weekend, the one and only festival I still cover. And you, what are you up to? I won’t be away for too long though, another exclusive BTS is on the way, and a new dance video should be released while I am there, so stick around!


Alice Pernão (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 80 mm f/1,7 R WR

1/320sec f/1.7 ISO 125



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