Photoshoot at the Hôtel du grand Opera

Behind the scenes feat. Florencia Chinellato & Clara René

First and foremost, sorry for not showing up in your feed the past weeks, did you miss me?

Back problems, herniated disk, MRI, medicine and so on, if you follow me on Instagram you know what I am talking about. I haven't touched a camera for a month and a half now and that's a problem.

Things are getting better, that's why I am posting again, hopefully, I will start working again in a week or so.

Winter is almost over, although global warming makes winter hard to distinguish from spring here in Toulouse. It's abnormally warm these days, and I think I am going to work outdoors sooner than planned.

Basically, in this video, I wanted to talk about that time of the year when it's hard to book any shoots outdoors and when you are forced to shoot indoors. You don't have a studio, you gotta stay creative, and you can't always find monuments, castles, mansions, museums, or any crazy places to shoot in...



You know most of the time it's all about what you do with the location you are working in. By killing the ambient light, but choosing to reveal, show or not show parts of the place you are in, you can make any place look much more interesting than it really is.

I love working in empty wide spaces, so finding myself working inside an hôtel room was a bit of a challenge for me. If you are doing a lifestyle portrait session... working in a hôtel lobby, bar, or in a suite or room it could be a great idea.


When you are working with performers it is a bit different!


We were lucky enough to have access to parts of the Hôtel of the grand opera in Toulouse... You have to love the color red, it used to be my favorite color but I am not sure anymore.

We had awful weather out during these 2 shoots so not a lot of light was coming from the windows so bringing my flash wasn't an option. Due to the lack of space, the challenge was to find interesting ways to place my one and only light. So we aimed a dark contrasted look, with a lot of shadows sometimes. Something different from my usual work, but I learned a lot during these sessions.


Florencia Chinellato (Hôtel du Grand Opera - Toulouse)





Florencia Chinellato (Grand hôtel de l'Opera - Toulouse) Canon 5D Mark III - and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II 1/160s f4.5 ISO640 at 24mm






Clara René (Grand hôtel de l'Opera - Toulouse) Canon 5D Mark III - and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II 1/100s f2.8 ISO250 at 33mm



Clara René (Grand hôtel de l'Opera - Toulouse) Canon 5D Mark III - and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II 1/100s f2.8 ISO250 at 33mm


Clara René (Grand hôtel de l'Opera - Toulouse) Canon 5D Mark III - and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II 1/50s f2.8 ISO250 at 41mm



Clara René (Grand hôtel de l'Opera - Toulouse) Canon 5D Mark III - and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II 1/50s f2.8 ISO250 at 24mm




Thanks to Florencia and Clara, you girls did a fantastic job. Huge thanks to the grand opera hôtel for welcoming us.


Tell us in the comments what is the most unusual place you have worked in?

See you guys in the next!


Clara René (Grand hôtel de l'Opera - Toulouse) Canon 5D Mark III - and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II 1/40s f3.5 ISO250 at 50mm