I can’t believe its almost the end of 2013. I have been sooo slack on the blogging front but do enjoy writing so am going to make sure my posts are much more frequent for 2014 and will be posting shoots from earlier this year. I am so sorry everyone who has been asking me questions I will be answering them it just might take me a while.
Anyway this shoot is for M2 mags high summer issue and its just come out now. I wanted to do something with lots of colour and a fresh summery feeling. A few weeks earlier one of the makeup artists I work with had her car towed from out side my house. I drove her to the towing yard and was immediately distracted by the awesome textured concrete wall when we got inside - wow that would be so cool to shoot against I muttered as I drove in…. well it turned out that my stylist knew the owner of the yard and we organised to shoot there a few weeks later for a couple of hours and the rest in the studio.
I wanted bright colours contrasty lighting and some strong graphic shapes with the clothing - there were also a lot of sheer pieces around which would work well to introduce swimwear into the shoot along with some high fashion pieces but I didn’t want anything floaty so textures were important.
I used a combination of natural light and undiffused Mola lighting along with some large reflectors and diffusers - the sun was out for some of the time and some of the time it was very cloudy but I wanted my images to look consistent so to match the sun I used the Rayo outdoors and the Setti in the studio as I wanted directional contrasty light with crisp shadows and Mola is perfect for this.
I had noticed a new designer Lucy Grey online she had some beautiful sheer and neoprene pieces that I knew would be perfect for the look I was after. I emailed her to see if she could send her collection and it turned out she was coming to Auckland for some meetings so we set a date.
I briefed my amazing stylist Kiri and she pulled some great pieces to bring everything together on the day - I was conscious of the shots working together with the different locations so wanted the colours to all tie together to connect the shots so having a tight colour palette was important .
Hair and makeup completed the looks - makeup by the very talented Amber Carroll was all about dewy glossy skin and flashes of colour - hair by the very talented Sara Allsop was wet and textured with movement and we decided to wig one of the models for a different look.
Great models often make a great shoot - international models Alexandria and Ashley from Clyne were great and they made my job so easy and we finished in record time - a fun relaxed day and we got some beautiful shots.
gabrielbosch said: Hi Fiona, I follow your work for a while now and I love it so much, cause of you I just bought a mola setti. I have a short question, I have bought the opal-glas and now I am not shure to stack it with the PAD or not, is there a big difference with the opal or not, do you have experience with the opal? Thanks a lot and please keep on with that stunning work. greetings, gabriel
Yes I find that the Opal makes the light a lot softer/flatter and more even and it also cuts the output back quite a bit. Some people like that as then you don’t have to use the sock but I find that I need to have both options able to be quickly changed - the light being harder and softer throughout my shoots as the light in NZ is constantly changing. I think if you were shooting a lot of beauty or studio work then it would be handy to have it on and if you are wanting a more natural look then the output from the Opal is quite beautiful. I have used it in my “The Forest” Shoot and some of my beauty shoots.
Anonymous said: Hi Fiona, love your work. What would you say is the difference between the Mola Demi and the Setti? Which one do you use more?
Thank you - I use the Demi more on my location work as often it involves a lot of trekking around and its a lot more portable.If I need more output and have someone who can carry it for me then the the Setti is preferable and I do use it more with my studio work if I need to light the model full length. With my beauty it depends on the look I am going for and how much modeling I want on the face. As the Demi is smaller there is more drop off and with the Setti there is a larger coverage of light.
This is one of my favourite shoots I did for 2012 - it was shot two hours out of Sydney while I was in Australia for a very busy week in October. The shot was for m2 Woman magazine for the high Summer issue.
It was a long hot day we left Sydney at 6am and the temperature crept up to 36 during the day -something I am not used to in October!- All the rocks heated up so it was like being surrounded by a giant furnace.When I was planning the High Summer fashion I wanted to have a dramatic swimwear shoot using shapes and textures that were structured and clean. So the result would be strong and graphic to juxtapose the amazing textures and shapes of the rocks and the rich colours of the sky and location. I am really happy how it has turned out.
The beautiful model is Anna K from Chic - I knew when I saw her at the casting she would be perfect for the shoot I wanted a strong sleek look and her confidence, long legs and high cheekbones were just right.
It was great to work with fellow NZer Richard Kavanagh on this shoot - he worked his hair magic - makeup is by Chisato Arai and styling is by Leigh Dalton both at Debut Management with me. I also had two great assistants on the day Beth Fernley and Jonathan Dear who helped keep things in order. Retouching Monica Chamorro.
This shoot was for the Winter issue of M2 Woman mag. I don’t really shoot fashion in the studio much and wanted to do something interesting with the lighting. I have used three types of lighting - tungsten HMI and flash to create a monochromatic look with both creamy white and soft nude tones coming through.I wanted the feeling to be quite ethereal but strong to work with the texture of the background fabric and the smoke. The model is Anmari Botha from Red11 - she is quite amazing and is doing incredibly well overseas with IMG having had a great show season and is definitely one to watch. Hair by Shontal Healey makeup by Kiekie Stanner and styling by Kiri Donaldson.
Hey to all the people who have messaged me about your colour theory assignment - have a look on my website .
Anonymous said: Hi, any plans on visiting Europe, Austria, buying some "sound of music" records and holding a fly-by workshop in Vienna?
Haha yeah I should be in Europe next year but am not sure about running Workshops there - possibly in the future.
Anonymous said: Hi Fiona, What stands do you use with the mola's. Looks like they would have to be heavy enough to handle multiple types of lights.
HI, The small Demi mola is not heavy I just use a normal 004 stand with that one - the larger mola I use a more solid stand like a Matthews beefy baby and I always make sure I use sandbags or an assistant to support the stand.
Anonymous said: Do you post process your pictures or you have a retoucher do to it
HI I process all my own shots for my fashion work. I use Capture One and process my shots as hi res tifs.I don’t supply raw files unless the client specifically asks for them which is usually only on advertising jobs. I prefer to do my own contrast and base colour treatments along with any reshaping as I always shoot with this in mind. I don’t do the skin work though as this requires specialist skills especially with my beauty shots so I leave that to the experts. x
This is Holly Rose - shes pretty special with the most amazing face I just love her doll like features so perfect for beauty. She has only been modelling for a few months and made her debut at fashion week this year with Red11 in Auckland. At 16 at at 5.11.5 and with the sweetest attitude the future is looking bright.
Makeup Abbie Gardiner, Hair Levi @ Raven, Styling Kiri Donaldson,Retouching Russel @ Shadow Illusionist.