Three different things, fashion show early in the day, shooting in the studio with Don Schremp through the middle of the day, then with Bluesman John Garcia in the evening. I will just focus this piece on the fashion shoot. A local store Bettina's has an annual fashion show where Leslie, the owner, shows off the new fashions for the coming year. About 100 ladies attend, it is always in a top eatery, catered with plenty of lubrication and food. This year was no exception, she feeds everyone, then parades her models through describing the clothes, what is "hot", has plenty of "give aways", and then everyone is off to her shop for a sale before the season begins. Leslie is terrific at marketing and buying the right clothes although I profess to knowing very little about women's fashion.
The photography piece is sort of a "make do". Bye that I mean I scout the place with Leslie, I pick a place to shoot within the venue, set up lights and usually after they walk through the crowd, they stop off with me before changing into the next set of clothes. Today's venue was new and a bit crowded. The backdrop is really the curtain to the men's changing room and the staging area for the women. So it was a bit congested. Nonetheless, with a little lightroom magic, it looks fine. I used two Nikon SB900's, one high and to the right bounced from an umbrella and a second shot through an umbrella to light the background. Both were shot on manual not TTL. I used the camera F-stop to control the light. Both lights were triggered with pocket wizards. The camera was a Nikon D3s with a 24-70mm lens. Two issues cropped up, one the music was so loud, I could not really communicate with the models, and secondly, they stood in different places each time because they were in a hurry to change. They stopped only for one shot. I don't believe I have ever had a shoot of this nature without problems or issues of some sort. Something always crops up, but I go with the flow. My job is simple, "get the clothes". Remember these are not portraits of people but of clothes. But at least one of the models added a bit of spunk to the posing effort.
Some had killer poses!
Some were all the above, and having a lot of fun!
There are many more, so this is just a sample of the clothes and posing. One last image, that is in a category all by itself, directly from the changing room.
So I went from this event to the studio where I spent the rest of the day with photographer Don Schremp. Then, on to photograph Blues legend John Garcia who I interviewed a couple of weeks ago. I learned from his wife tonight that his Dad died the day of the interview, and his wife waited until the interview was over to tell him. Tonight is the first time he has played since the death of his father several weeks ago. He tore the house up! More on this later with photos.