That is one of my favorite images working with Jazlyn Skyy the other night. David Baker Photography reached out and asked if I'd be interested in sharing time as we tried some new lighting techniques. We both attended a workshop with Joey T Photography, because I firmly believe that the minute you stop trying to learn new things, you might as well stop trying. Jazlyn was gracious enough with her time and cooperation to work with us and here's a few of the results.
That brick wall is just a great look and it's great that you aren't exposed to the elements to get that look, day or night.
One of the things we were trying to achieve was to keep the detail in her dress instead of losing the small floral prints but also have the light so that her face had some depth and wasn't lit in a flat style. For the most part, this was done with simply two speedlights shooting through white umbrellas. Jazlyn's shadow on the wall was minimized, but the lighting on her face draws you to her.
The last one was against a pure black wall on a vanity chair that reminded me of my MamaDot. This was the toughest because the black was matte paint and just soaks up the light. Keeping a light from up and slightly behind Jazlyn separates her from the wall. Again, not wanting to lose any detail in the dress but keeping her face sculpted with the light was interesting. I love this look and the pose. The twist of her towards the camera, the smirk, and how the lighting draws you into her gaze. This one is going to look great when printed.
To see the rest, simply click on the images and you'll be redirected to the rest of the images with Jazlyn.
One of the things that you won't see here is that Houston Warehouse Studios has great northern light that fills it during the day. It's a wonderful intimate space to work in. And it isn't the only one in Houston. There are several great studios available all over Houston run by wonderful photographers. We have one of the most photogenic cities in the country and the community here is great at supporting each other. But that's another blog for another time.