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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

Keep it simple studio -Retro

I was contacted a little while back about shooting Aimee, who I'd worked with before, and her cousing Iona up at Contrast Studio in Glasgow. A general brief of 50's retro /classic pinup style. This is probably one of the easiest types of shoot to light as the lighting is quite simple. The only real challenge was that it would also involve hats and fascinators, which can make lighting the face a little trickier. So with one large softbox aimed down at the floor and one, half a stop down, aimed up slightly, two lights on the backdrop a stop above (1 or two stops above on a white backdrop helps to avoid grey tones and keep the backdrop white, as long as you avoid it spilling back on the models) we were away.
 
 
This was an unusual shoot, squeezed between 5 and 9 on a Monday evening, but as it was all organised for me, I just had to turn up and shoot. Aimee's mother had sorted out clothes from Miss Lottie Lou of Cresswell Lane in Glasgow, a new discovery for me as a stockist and bespoke maker of retro clothing. I'd roped in help with hats and fascinators from Libby Kilpatrick, who had recently contacted me about another shoot.
 
 
Makeup was provided by Melanie Jane, who had helped out on my barbershop series last year. Hair was by Lana Cairns, who had also been involved in the Mad Milliner shoot last year. Things kicked off a bit later than planned and the fabulous wourk by both hair and makeup folk took a bit of time, so that we did not actually start shooting until just after 7. Started off with Iona, in several quick hat and clothing changes, before moving on to Aimee and the fabulous love heart skirt and top combo.
 
 
The evening was rounded off by a few shots of the models together, then a quick Audrey Hepburn styled shoot with Aimee. The lighting for this was a little more involved. The main light was a beauty dish with grid to one side, with a softbox as fill on the other. A snoot provided a little extra hair light from behind and to the left. This gave the face a few more shadows, without sinking into moodiness, emphasising the shape of Aimee's face and providing some of the Hollywood style of those classic Breakfast at Tiffany's looks.
 
Some frantic editing to clear the decks before next week's big shoot with Psychomoda and I have enough time to sneak in a mini shoot tomorrow for the Largs Viking Festival. This year's festival will be an anniversary one, with two villages (Scots and Viking), rather than the usual one. So the committee were looking for a shoot with the two "Kings" from each camp. So Stuart from Glasgow Vikings and Freddy from Swords of Dalriada will be descending on the seafront for a wee while, hamming it up for the cause!

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