Helen wanted some harder, edgier images for her portfolio, so we set out to create a good mix of styles but all with a bit of drama to them. This means using lighting for harder shadows and some distinctive posing.
A hint of blue gel in this image is barely visible, but gives a better contrast and reduces the flatness of the blacks.
Here using the blue gel and red background to create constrasts that Helen's skin tones can stand forward against.
Being wild and abandoned - Helen dancing like no one is watching :)
Difficult finding poses that really show off the shape of this trouser suit.
Simple red gauze (normally used for decorating wedding tables) and a smoke machine with a bit of backlighting. The drapes are deliberately random although in retrospect I'm not sure that was the best idea. But I do like the way the lines of the drapes are all at odds with Helen's curves.
Flying out of the smoke. Backlighting on the smoke is critical to prevent images being fogged out by the forward lights.
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