Testsession and introduction new model LT.

As you might have read on Twitter, we’re looking for new models for the workshops.
Every once in a while it’s time to refresh the models of course and at the moment we’re in the middle of the testshoots. In these testshoots the models are in the studio for approximately 1-2 hours and in the testsession I try to build a portfolio for them, but most of all of course test them for the workshops. The models I use for the workshops have to have certain qualities which go further than just being pretty.

Yesterday it was time for LT, and yes that’s really her name (it was the first thing I asked).
LT will be doing some of the fashion workshops for me and I’m already in love with her looks, very classic and a great sense of humor.


During the sessions I will start out very simple to make some headshots and 3/4 bodies. In this case I used the Deep Octa with a striplight to start out with. On the first shot you see the striplight as accent, with the second set I only used the deep octa.

After the more simple setup we changed the light to the Elinchrom 1.90mtr Octa and we played a bit with wind to get some (in my opinion) stunning portraits, I already twittered that this very well may have been some of the best portraits I ever shot for a model, I especially like the portrait I started the blog with. Now the question was asked on Twitter “what makes the best portrait?” well to be honest I don’t know…. I’ve made portraits that look technical better than these, better clothing etc. etc. but somehow these two have something special, call it “soul”, the look of the model, the way the light falls etc. it’s for me a complete package and these two I particularly love.

Of course you can’t have a photoshoot without the staircase in the studio, actually I use that a lot to test out how creative the new models are with posing. And LT did fine, she rocked the stairs 😎 For these shots I used the striplight aimed from the ceiling down to the model.

We ended the session with some shots against a plain white wall, I love to light these kind of shots with the Elinchrom Maxilight, I did add a custom grid to it. Because there is no real grid for the Maxilight you have to be creative, but we have duck-tape…..

LT will start her workshops in June, make sure to book one with her….
Usually the models do much better in the workshops, and man ….. does that promise something.
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