A Quick Shoot with Kathleen...
I recently had the opportunity to work with a new and upcoming talented model Kathleen Shewchuk. We had been trying for a few months prior to this shoot to set something up, but our schedules never seemed to match up until now, but the wait was definitely worth it. As you can see from the few sample images Kathleen is a natural with an incredible sense of style, beauty, and attitude.
The location for this shoot was a local pub in Windsor, Ontario called Mick's Irish Pub. I approached them a few weeks prior to the shoot to find out about availability, and was welcomed with open arms by the wonderful Sylvia B. They were more than accommodating and had a wonderful location for us to shoot in. On top of the fact their food is incredible & the atmosphere is very laid back. Go check them out you will become a fan too...
We ended up shooting 3 different looks at this location all within about 10 feet of each other. The pub offered lots of great backgrounds and textures, but we decided on 3 spots that would give some variety to the images and that best matched the look and feel we were going for with this series.
In this first set I wanted a high-end lounge feel, with simple colors, strong lines, strong poses, and commercial & contrasty lighting that is my signature style it seems these days. After some re-arranging and location jiu-jitsu we were able to get the exact look I had in mind. If you don't know what I mean by "Location jiu-jitsu" you need to check out Michael Andrew and take your shooting to the next level.
For this next set, I wanted to incorporate some of the incredible textures and feel Micks Irish Pub had to offer the first time I walked in and fell in love with the location. I knew sitting there a few weeks prior that I wanted to shoot this series with the green Guinness wall & old brick, with the hardwood in the warm Irish tones found in a lot of the Guinness marketing material.
For this set, Kathleen put together exactly what I had in mind weeks prior for the look. I wanted to go with the Guinness tones but with my commercial Glam/Fashion feel. Matching an outfit to those 2 criteria was prolly not a usual request, but I think what she put together worked out perfect.
Lighting for this set varied a little, between shots. We experimented with a few different looks to get the mood right for the scene. In this last shot of this set, we went with a more natural window light feel to the image to give it some more emotion, unfortunately there were no windows in this room so I had to employ some lighting lessons I explained back in my shoot with Ally you can find here if you want more info.
For the final set of the day we decided to shoot in the beautiful doorway to the room we had been shooting in all day. All 3 sets of this shoot took place in a room no bigger then 20'x20 with a pool table dead smack in the middle of it so once again you can see where Michael Andrews Location jiu-jitsu can really pay off big, and has helped me out on numerous occasions.
The processing for this last set was a bit of a game time decision. The doors were an incredibly stained wood finish, and the colors of Kathleen's outfit worked well with it, but I wanted to have a different feel for all 3 sets to have more variety, so we opted for more of a vintage fashion vibe with a muted B&W conversion. The effect is achieved by reducing the dynamic range dramatically in the conversion, and pushing the blacks out of zone 1/2/3 and the whites out of zone 8/9/10, leaving you with limited contrast and more of a muddy conversion then I would typically process.
I can't say enough good things about working with Kathleen Shewchuck at last. Her incredible sense of style, stunning looks, and posing & angles are equal to some of the best & most experienced I have ever worked with to date. If you're looking for a model or wardrobe stylist for your next project I highly recommend booking her. You will want to get on that soon though, cause this girl is going to be big in this industry soon and booking her may not be so easy.
If you would like to see more of Kathleen's work or contact her for your next project, you can check out her Model Mayhem Portfolio or hit her up on Facebook. I can guarantee you wont be disappointed.
Also a huge thanks to the folks at Mick's Irish Pub for taking care of us and providing and incredible location & service for this shoot. Be sure to check them out sometime, and I recommend stopping by for lunch., I think I am now hooked for life on their menu ha! Mick's Irish Pub | 28 Chatham St. E. | Windsor, Ontario Canada | 519.252.3111