Back in February I had the great pleasure of photographing the beautiful actress Mannu Sandhu at the amazing Hycroft Manor (Shout out to the one and only Jennifer for the hook up!). Clothing was provided by the talented local designer Malene Grotrian and I had an amazing team of Tiffany Antonio on the styling, MUAH by Angela Dhesi, my trusty assistant Michael Petrachenko, and my homeboy Ray on the assist and BTS duties.
While some creatives take a long time to put together (and many more just fall apart) this all came together in a week, which was doubleplusgood because I was gearing up for leaving to India and I really wanted to do one more shoot before I left.
Before I show and explain some shots, you can peep a little BTS vid shot by Ray and edited by Mike Swahele at IMCMG media. at the link HERE (sorry wordpress is making it impossible to embed the video to the post).
So we pulled off 5 shots during a pretty rushed shoot (time limits on the venue)
For this first shot I had an SB800 in a 28″ Westcott Apollo boomed from the second floor on a C-Stand, for fill I used the 6′ Westcott silver parabolic umbrella directly behind me with a LumoPro LP160 that was gelled with a slight blue (A tactic that I’m going to employ more from now on.. it makes the fill less ‘fill’ and a bit more natural looking).
The second shot we just had Mannu walk to the bottom of the staircase and I popped the SB800 onto the para, ‘zoomed’ the light close to the back of the para and shot away..
For the third shot I used an SB800 and a 3×4 photoflex softbox on the right side of the frame and a white reflector camera left.
The fourth shot was taken in this wonderful green room that I could seriously shoot in all day long.. gorgeous space! simple and quick using the same setup as the last shot but with the softbox camera left and little high and on an angle if I remember correctly.
For me, the final shot (which is as the top of this post) is the money shot as it stopped raining outside and I hauled my favorite piece of kit, The Elinchrom Ranger out for a dramatic shot on the balcony.
I took the photoflex softbox, peeled of the outer diffuser and added a silver Elinchrom Deflector to the head. The box was high and to the right about 6 feet from Mannu, I also added a gridded SB800 at full power to camera left to fill in the shadow on her right leg and also give some pop to the right side of the dress. Here’s a BTS pic of the scene..
All in all, it was a mega fun day with an amazing group of people… I definitely couldn’t have pulled this off without all your help!