This week has been filled with creative photography, great models and an amazing team of hair and makeup. If you saw the blog from earlier in the week you had a chance to see an attempt to post images as I shot my butterfly beauty story. The idea was cool, but in reality it was just too ambitions to post images while shooting and keep my full attention on being creative and involved with my crew.
Madame Butterfly is the name I've given my current beauty story, and it is my hope that editors around the globe love it as much as I do. It was great to have fun expressing myself visually and see my team inspired by my crazy butterfly idea. My makeup and hair crew were very excited about this shoot and they really gave their all in making this story come to fruition.
I shot my story two different ways. One was with one of my typical lighting situations of using one main strobe source as the main light. The other was to use the strobe source as an ambient light source instead of just as a strobe. The strobe images were shot at F16 @ 125 and the ambient images were shot at F 1.4 @ 125. I was nervous to shoot the entire story this way, so I shot it both with strobe and with ambient. The images shot with the ambient light are just stunning! I used the Sony A900 and a Carl Zeiss 85mm lens wide open at 1.4. The images are so romantic in the Madame Butterfly fashion, thus the name.
The images here are not finals but once I find a home for this story, hopefully in a European publication, I will share the images and magazine here.
Always Dream Big!
Matthew Jordan Smith