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Behind the scenes Boudoir & Portrait

Featuring Charlotte Ruet


We had this apartment for a couple of days initially for a short dance film. But I had some spare time so I decided to squeeze in a few portrait sessions there too. This is one of them, with a very familiar face, at least for the premium members of this blog. Let’s not waste any more time, let's dive into this.



Her name is Charlotte, and we met a couple of times already in the past for studio-like sessions. We played with RGB tubes, continuous lights, and flashes… to a point where I am always confident knowing I will be working with her.



Charlotte R. (Toulouse - France)

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

1/160sec f/1.7 ISO 640

This apartment is huge… but empty. To make it short and easy we worked in only one room. With the other upcoming BTS, you will see how I managed to make each session different and unique.


We started the session with simple portraits using the light coming from the windows. No reflector, no flash, just the window and the curtain to control the light.


Charlotte R. (Toulouse - France)

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

1/160sec f/1.7 ISO 500



The Fujifilm GFX100s, which might soon retire from this type of session was used throughout this session. Paired with the Fujifilm GF 80 mm f/1.7 R WR you have my go-to portrait combo, and these two were all I needed for this photoshoot.

Charlotte R. (Toulouse - France)

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

1/125sec f/1.7 ISO 1600



You will see the BENQ SX-1 in action here, not for all my images, but it was one of the first times I took it out for a spin. It’s that black case, where I can attach my SW271c screen on the lid! You cannot miss it... I also used for the first time that weekend the Area 51 tether cables, which replaced my orange Tethered Tools cables. They are red, and long, and have so far performed pretty well, but more about these soon… I needed more control over my light as the session progressed, so I used a P-90 and Godox AD1200pro for the following images.


Charlotte R. (Toulouse - France)

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

1/160sec f/1.7 ISO 200


I only have one regret, and this will probably have an impact on Future sessions of this type. I can now confirm I hate working with white walls. They are dull and reflect too much light. It kind of worked for our dance short film, but for our portraits, I am a bit skeptical.


Charlotte R. (Toulouse - France)

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

1/125sec f/1.7 ISO 200

One the two following images was lit with window light. Can you guess which one? We ended up choosing the one that was shot with a flash... but still Both are valid in my eyes.


Charlotte R. (Toulouse - France)

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

1/125sec f/1.7 ISO 200


and...


Charlotte R. (Toulouse - France)

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

1/125sec f/1.7 ISO 2000



An exclusive BTS session made in this apartment is in the making and should be out this Friday, only for the blog, and only for premium members. Something a bit different… look out for that.

The other sessions should come in a week or so... stay tuned.


3 Comments


Adam Stephens
Adam Stephens
Oct 06, 2023

My first experience of drawing a portrait was exciting. I decided to portray my friend as a Bogey Pictures character. Having studied the images of bogey pictures in detail, I embodied his features on canvas. The whole process was fun and I tried to convey my friend's character and personality through the drawing. Upon completion, I realized how interesting and satisfying the art of portraiture could be, and from then on I continued to practice in this direction.

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Alex Bartok
Alex Bartok
Jun 23, 2023

Thank you for the insight!


> GFX100s, which might soon retire from this type of session


this stood out to me, can you elaborate why?

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Haze Kware
Haze Kware
Jun 23, 2023
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Hi Alex, thanks for your comment! Because for any content that only ends up online, using the GFX100s is overkill. I might do an article or video about that this summer!

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