Francesca for Eye Sparkles

I am so thrilled; it’s been a while since I’ve had this much fun.  I have been in contact with Ann off-and-on over the past year.  I am actually embarrassed to even contact her because I’ve canceled on her too many times.  This time, I am determined to see the project through.  Ann agreed to collaborate with me to shoot some accessories for Eye Sparkles fashion outlet.  To sweeten the pot, I recruited the amazingly captivating Francesca.  She is simply wonderful; I could shoot with her all day.  So many looks, so little time.

We decided to start with a clean natural look with Francesca’s hair tied up.  This way we can showcase the accessories without too much distraction.  But seriously, how could you not be distracted by Francesca?  Ann and her assistant Trang Le quickly went to work.  Watching Ann work is like watching a maestro perform.  Every move is crisp and confident; it must be such a pleasure to be doll’d up by Ann.

Meanwhile, I started to prep the set.   A white seamless paper is used for background.  For lighting, I started with the following:

  • PCB Einstein with white beauty dish.  Center, above eye-level.
  • PCB Einstein with softbox.  Behind Francesca, pointing down for hair and rim light.

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo) on 500px.comA quick test shot.  Not bad, but rather boring;  too catalog-ish.  

I tried to light the background to pure white, but still not quite exciting.  To add drama, I placed a grid on the beauty dish.  The grid essentially narrowed down the light beam.  It accomplishes two things:

  1. It throws less light on the background.
  2. The light falls off quicker on Francesca’s face.  Making the cheeks darker, adding dimension to the portrait.

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo) on 500px.com

Much better, don’t you think?  But, the background is still kind of plain.  That can be fixed with a simple gridded SB-80DX; throwing a pot behind Francesca creating a gradient effect.  Now we are ready to rock-and-roll.

Francesca

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo) on 500px.com

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

For the next look, we smoked Francesca’s eye a little; and we let her beautiful her loose.  Absolutely magical.

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Setup for next set is pretty much the same except I removed beauty dish’s grid and  pop’d two SB-800s on the background to make sure the white seamless paper is well lit.

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Fancesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on 500px.com

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