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Rihanna-inspired photo shoot, part 2

Fashion photo shoot inspired by Rihanna

This photo shoot was inspired by a character that Rihanna plays in the film “Battleship“. She plays a small and very feminine “weapons officer”, who is totally at home in a very macho environment. Our “macho environment” is a large warehouse/factory that was originally used for building submarines! Although it is no longer used for that purpose.

Selected images from the photo shoot

I already shared some photos from the first part of this shoot (although I have just added some “behind the scenes” shots taken by Martin Brown to that post). Now I am sharing a few action shots, plus one more portrait of Yollanda’s face. This is because I want to show the quality of Viya La Belle’s make up.

When factory catches fire, Yollanda has to act, and act fast.

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Photography methods

In order to capture a sense of movement as Yollanda runs, I “dragged the shutter” and panned the camera to create the linearly blurred background. But I also wanted to see Yollanda clearly, so I added some rear sync flash, to freeze her action in the final instant of the exposure.

So, the resulting images of Yollanda running are in effect two images captured in the same exposure, and superimposed on each other. One is a slow exposure using ambient light, and the other is a frozen moment as the flash fires.

Acknowledgements

Model: Yollanda Musa
Make up: Viya La Belle
Photographer’s assistant: Martin Brown

Behind the scenes photos by Martin Brown

These “behind the scenes” photos were taken by Martin Brown, and I am very grateful to him for allowing me to share them with you.

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“Rihanna-inspired photo shoot”

Rihanna-inspired photo shoot

Recently I had the pleasure of working on two fashion photo shoots with Yollanda Musa. This was really good luck for me, because not only is Yollanda an excellent model, but she was perfect for a “Rihanna-inspired photo shoot” that I have been planning.

The aim was to shoot a petite, pretty, and very feminine young lady, totally “holding her own” in a macho environment. The location we used for the shoot was a factory/warehouse. Although the factory is very busy during the week, parts of it are very dirty and have a semi-derelict appearance. This made it a perfect location for our photo shoot.

Yollanda’s character was inpired by a role that Rihanna plays in a film called “Battleship“, in which the US Navy defeats alien invaders. Rihanna plays a weapons expert who is… petite, pretty, and very feminine. But she totally holds her own with the “big boys” in an extremely macho environment. Later in the shoot we have smoke and action!

Make up by Viya La Belle

Yollanda asked an excellent make up artist, Viya La Belle, if she wanted to work with us on our Rihanna-inspired photo shoot. And she did an excellent job. In due course I will upload more posts from this photo shoot, but In this first post I have included a “behind the scenes” photo of Viya La Belle making some adjustments to the make up. Please note that Yollanda is standing on a wooden palette in this photo, and that makes Viya look shorter than she is! In all fairness I should make it clear that Viya span most of her make up magic in a much nicer, cleaner, and more comfortable place!

I have also posted two close ups that show the quality of Viya’s make up.

Photography methods

In due course I will be uploading more posts about this photo shoot, which went extremely well. Later we used smoke and action! But in the meantime please enjoy these images.

I was using a mix of Nikon speedlights, and portable battery powered studio flash (made by Ilux). I triggered the flash heads using wireless radio transmitters. Lighting modifiers were mainly softboxes and small reflector dishes (approx 21cm diameter). The cool blue backgrounds were acheived by setting the camera to “tungsten white balance” and putting coloured gels over the flash heads, to make the light they emitted appear “white” to the camera.

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Viya La Belle fine tuning her make up

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Acknowledgements

Model: Yollanda Musa (she is wearing her own clothes)
Make up: Viya La Belle
Assistants: Martin Brown and Steve Brown

Behind the scenes

These “behind the scenes” photos were taken by Martin Brown, and I am very grateful to him for allowing me to share them with you.

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