Two Different Looks
Earlier in the spring I mentioned to Marcus that I really wanted to do a Tennis themed lifestyle fashion photo shoot. We have been so busy shooting swim wear that I had to put the idea on the back burner. Well finally on Sunday morning I was able to scratch that itch. My model Ronlet is a stylist in the Washington D.C area and she just happens model on the side. I knew she would be ideal for a shoot like this because I love her style and she is also a strong model. We met up at one of the tennis courts here in Columbia Maryland and started shooting at around seven in the morning.
I have mentioned in the past that Marcus and I have a very similar style yet our preferences sometimes can be slightly different. I tend to shoot very shallow and when using off camera flash, I want my images to come off as though I am using only the natural light available. Marcus on the other hand will sometimes play with adding a bit more punch to his images. Sometimes using two or even three strobes to get what he is looking for. This summer we have been doing a lot of swim suit shoots on the beach and often, due to the harsh light, I’ve been forced to try and balance the scene using a combination of strobes and speed lights.
For this shoot since I knew the tennis courts were relatively shaded I only brought along my Alien Bees 1600 strobes, a beauty dish and two speed lights. The first image was shot with the Canon 6D, Canon 70-200mm lens with the Alien Bees set at 1/16 flash power. The other image was shot using just the natural light with the other 6D and the Sigma 85 1.4mm lens. While I originally intended to shoot the majority of the session using natural light with the Sigma, I quickly found out that I liked the way I could shape the light using the Alien Bees.