BTS of Amrine from SMG models with April Staso

Well its 2016, I think its about time I start a blog! I could never really think of what to blog about. I have always liked writing but I wouldn't say I am good at. I always love seeing other photographers behind the scenes stuff, so I thought, hey that might be cool to start doing a blog with more in depth behind the scenes from my shoots. So here it is! 

This post will be all about my shoot with Amrine from SMG models and Sarah. 

This is Sarah, our makeup artist for this shoot. She's always up for doing something fun to add to our portfolios, so I love working with her!  You can find her on instagram at @sarahmua411

All of my work usually contains a lot of brighter colors, and so I wanted to do something with more "natural" deeper colors and a more wintery outfit. I was inspired by a shoot I saw by Lara Jade on this brick background and wanted to do something similar. Before I went out shopping for the shoot I looked at Zara's website. I found this particular look I thought would be perfect for the brick background: a deep red coat, black pants, and a black turtle neck. Believe it or not, for January, it was surprisingly hard to find a turtle neck top. I ended up finding one at Nordstroms but it was sleeveless. haha! I couldn't find the exact jacket I had seen online, but I found one similar with -again- no sleeves. Is sleeveless in winter a thing right now? When I was in Old Navy looking for a turtle neck shirt I found a cool blue and cream jacket so I just grabbed that to have some more options for our shoot. I had the idea to get some fabric from Joann Fabrics to use on the background for a graphic shape in the background to play off the graphic shapes on the coat. Sarah and I also wanted to do some beauty stuff so I got a purple fabric for a background and she brought some fun props for Amrine to hold. 

My boyfriend, Tim, asked for a Gopro for christmas and I saw another photographer who did a first person shooter video and thought that might be cool so I strapped it onto the camera and quickly made a behind the scenes video you can see below! I wasn't super impressed with the quality of the footage so in my next post I tried using 4k video!

We only had 2 hours to do hair and makeup and all 4 of these looks. I was pretty proud of myself, but little did I know it was just practice for my next shoot which you'll hear about in my next blog post!

As far as equipment goes, whenever I'm on location I usually use my speedlight on a light stand with an umbrella only because I have yet to get a battery back for my Bowens lights. For my beauty shots as you can see in my behind the scenes I used my Bowen's light with an umbrella with the diffusion over it and a reflector on her lap for fill light under chin. 

Here is a typical moodboard I'll make before the shoot just to give everyone an idea of what we'll be doing. 

 

Some behind the scenes images! 

Here are the final images.