A Quick Shoot with Maggie...
This week I had the opportunity to shoot with the fun and talented Maggie Yoell. For those of you not familiar with her work, Maggie is a talented Model, Actress, Costume Designer, and Artist. Her hard work and dedication to everything she does shows in her impressive portfolio, and absolutely incredible artwork. Despite all the things she has accomplished in her career so far, she remains humble and is one of the easiest people I have ever worked with.
We came across the location for both sets of this shoot randomly just driving around by the train tracks near my place. We went out with no real plan or location in mind and just went with it. The evening light was setting and we started out right in the golden hour and shot some nice blown out fashion portraits. For the set under the bridge the light had already fallen and there was very little ambient light to be found down there, but I really wanted to have that warm natural feel to the images.
To get the look I was going for I used a medium softbox at a fairly far distance to try to get some spread with the light but still retain some hard edge shadows you would get from any direct sun that might peak down there during the day. To get some light on the background and surrounding areas and to add some more depth to the images, I used some flashes behind the steel beams pointed at the back wall to balance out the exposure and add some more ambient light to the scene.
As you can see from the pullback BTS shot above... The softbox is about 7' in the air pointed straight at the model about 10' away, on the same axis as the wall with a hot spot near the bottom of the steel beam tapering out twords the model to give some gradation to the light falloff. Also you can see the back wall has been lit up separately 1 stop lower to give it some separation and allow Maggie stand out more and not get lost in the fairly busy background. This is also where I was shooting from using my 70-200 2.8 for this set to get a lot of compression and so I could be high enough to be on the same plane as the model since she's standing about 6-7 feet in the air.
Before shooting the set above we had some time to take advantage of the beautiful light to shoot some fashion portraits on our way to the bridge. The sky had a nice even cloud coverage and the sun was just getting into the last few hours of the day. Maggie found a cool spot to climb up on and like the trooper she is, by the time I got my camera ready she was already up their waiting on me.
We changed up the angles and poses a bit at this spot to get a few different looks. The back lighting coming from the sun was creating a perfect rim light and I decided to expose for the model and just let everything else blowout. Typically with these kinds of shots you will bump the exposure up a stop or so above what your metering to get that really soft blown out lens flare look that's really popular right now, but being more of my style and a fashion shot I wanted good contrast and detail in the clothing and not lose all the detail in Maggie's blonde hair.
And lastly we shot one more variation on the scene to have a variety of looks. When the light is this gorgeous, and you and the model are clicking its easy to end up shooting a few hundred frames before you move on to the next location. But when your on a random photo adventure like me and Maggie were on, time and light waits for no one... And it was time to move on to the bridge location shown above!
If your interested in checking out more of Maggie's work or booking her for your next project, check out her Model Mayhem portfolio, or website www.maggieyoell.com and show her some love. She is one of the funnest and easy-going models I have worked with, and always up for trying something new. Having such a diverse creative portfolio & personality she brings a lot to the shoot with her skills and experience in every aspect of the project. From hair and makeup, wardrobe, location scouting, shooting, and even post production skills she can help improve any project...