Behind the scenes photoshoot Feat. Allegra Bird
Finding the perfect location for your photoshoot can be a hassle, especially for private sessions. And when your client is an artist, a dancer, or any kind of performer, it can be a little trick. You can always just bring your portable backdrop and set up a studio anywhere, or you can do what I’ve done for years... just go outside and do your session outdoors! But in recent years, I had people asking for more intimate spaces, a bit like the boudoir session I did with a Gymnast in an hôtel room. but then I thought what is more intimate, private, personal than someone’s bedroom? Their own living room, their apartment, or house? I guess that I never really considered that option because I thought that people were looking for something special all the time, something different & original. But there are a few advantages of shooting at home. It can help your model feel at ease because it is a space they already know. And if they didn’t go to Ikea to furnish their homes they might have an interesting location to shoot in after all (I have nothing against Ikea! ). Which leads to this session with my good friend Allegra. Every time she books a session, I know it will be fun. When she sent me the pictures of her place, I was shocked. Why haven’t we considered shooting there before?
Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 50mm f/4 R LM WR Broncolor Siros L (800ws) 1/125sec f/7.1 ISO250
Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR Broncolor Siros L (800ws) 1/125sec f7.1 ISO320
Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 50mm f/4 R LM WR Broncolor Siros L (800ws) 1/125sec f4 ISO250
Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR Broncolor Siros L (800ws) 1/125sec f/4 ISO250 at 50mm
I don’t know what I currently have with bathrooms, but I discovered I made a lot of pictures in them recently…
Nothing beats the comfort of our own home. We took our time, discussed the shoot beforehand, and tried to use different spaces for different moods. The idea was to use as much as possible the space that was around us.
Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR 1/160sec f/3.5 ISO50
Look out for windows, and figure out where does the light comes from and how it behaves inside at different times of the day...
Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR 1/160sec f/3.5 ISO1000
Using a flash or not is up to you, having one will always give you more options. This is what keeps creativity flowing in me, even though there is nothing revolutionary in what I do, the location I am in will stimulate me somehow, even the dullest place compared to a studio setting will be a better option for me. I am not dissing people that are studio photographers primarily, it’s just me, it’s my thing and diversity in the world is why I love photography.
Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR Broncolor Siros L (800ws) 1/125sec f/8 ISO50
Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR Broncolor Siros L (800ws) 1/125sec f/5 ISO50
Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR Broncolor Siros L (800ws) 1/125sec f/5 ISO100
Huge thanks to Allegra Bird for trusting me once again for her pictures. Shoutouts to L'atelier d'Habdine for her hair that day. And last but not least, huge thanks to Marlène my beloved assistant.