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Behind the scenes photoshoot

Featuring Fanny George


We first met 9 years ago… And I can’t go back to Strasbourg without at the very least considering saving a spot for her. Nonverbal communication, quick adaptation, and improvisation make these types of sessions a surprise every time. A lot of climbing, lines, and shapes… playing with the environment, all the ingredients to make a fun photoshoot.



Let’s make it quick because by now you should be able to quickly analyze a scene, especially when I am working with the sun, and the sun only. No additional accessory, my GFX100s, and the GF80mm, maybe the 50mm for a pic or two. A lot of backlighting, of shooting in the shadows, you know the regular stuff.


Fanny George (Toulouse - France)

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

1/1600sec f/1.7 ISO 50



Typically the kind of location I love. Lines everywhere, climbing possibilities, things we can hold onto, lean on, shapes, and more... If this doesn't help you with your poses and compositions then I don't know what can. I've talked about this in previous posts, it is never easy to decide what to do with the hands of your models, it can quickly feel awkward or unnatural. One of the many advantages of working with an ex-gymnast and now dancer, is that with a location like that, her hands will often be busy.


Fanny George (Toulouse - France)

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

1/400sec f/1.7 ISO 50



Your angles matter, they do! Pay attention to those lines that can give more depth to your pictures, and guide the viewer's eyes.

Fanny George (Toulouse - France)

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

1/400sec f/1.7 ISO 50



One that never gets old, is those leading lines rushing towards the center of the frame.


Fanny George (Toulouse - France)

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

1/400sec f/1.7 ISO 50


The only shot I made with the GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR. I did this for 2 reasons, the first one being that I wanted to feel a sense of proximity, with Fanny, and the other one was related to the amount of space I had to work with.


Fanny George (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR

1/640sec f/3.5 ISO 50



In the following images, you can actually see the difference between these 2 lenses with a similar pose. This is why I often insist on having a good understanding of what your lenses can offer, in order to efficiently use them and better tell your stories.

Fanny George (Toulouse - France)

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

1/500sec f/2.0 ISO 50



Of course, Fanny is not your regular dancer and model. Her physical abilities are also chy I always love working with her.


Fanny George (Toulouse - France)

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

1/500sec f/1.7 ISO 50



Do you need GFX100s to make these? Absolutely not!


Look closely at how I composed my images, the framing, the angles, and how I used the lines to create tension and add depth to my pictures. The way we work together is simple. I see something interesting, and I explain it to her. I show her what will be in the shot and the general feel and direction. She then enters the scene and proposes a move a pose or 2 and we build together from there. With a location like this, the lines, the shapes the structure will help us for the final pose.


Now this is something I can do with her because I know I can feed her with ideas and concepts and I am sure she will reply and propose something and vice versa. Sometimes, you have to do all the work… and for me, that’s when it’s less fun.

I was supposed to do a giveaway in June, but work, lots of work prevented me from doing it. Join me on Instagram ( @hkvisuals ), I will give you some info little by little in a series of REELs. So if you want to win this bag join me there, and look out for them.


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