Theresa Manchester – Canon 5D Mark III + EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
This past weekend welcomed another addition to my ongoing Tattoo Series – Curators of Art. For this photo shoot I had the pleasure of working with model and world traveler Theresa Manchester. She was a great subject to work with. Aside from a her beauty and considerable collection of body art, she came with quite a bit of experience in front of the camera. She also spends some of her spare time behind the camera. This all made for a great productive session as I was able to quickly and easily communicate and direct her throughout the shoot while she shared her many exploits around the world – some in places I have been myself. It was great to work with you Theresa. I certainly hope we get to collaborate again someday.
For this shoot I kept it fairly simple and spartan as I typically do. I used the the Canon 5D Mark III. I started off with the EF 24-105mm f/4L but quickly switched to the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II once we got into the rhythm of things. For lighting, I used two Canon 430EX speedlites in manual mode with Photix high speed sync RF triggers. I shot full manual the whole time for precise control of the camera, lighting and desired effect. The location was my private home studio. Key shots will make it into my limited edition collection prints from my Tattoo Series. Few will ever be published, however I felt I should at least share one (above). Below are a few behind the scenes shots. For BTS coverage I used the Canon 7D Mark II and EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM on a tripod. I used the built-in intervalometer to trigger the camera periodically throughout most of the shoot.
This photo shoot has been a long time coming. One of my favorite photo models Charlie [Secret Weapon] had been working on some major Tattoo artwork together with a talented tattoo artist Bryan Blanco who coincidentally shares the same first name with me. I had also been putting together some concepts for a series of exotic and creative photo shoots, working with bold colors and dramatic styling. This was the perfect creative project to get my home studio up and running for more controlled shooting – I posted earlier here about it:
Hair and makeup was done by Courtney Hurley or Ravish [https://www.facebook.com/ravishedbeauties]. This was the second time I have worked with her and I like how she is able to create the look I am going for. In every subject, I see a two looks; the one everyone else sees everyday, and the one hidden deep inside. I have little interest in shooting what everyone else sees in a person, because it is pretty obvious. In this case Charlie has a daring personality, bold, independent minded with a mean free spirited streak. I wanted a look that contrasted greatly with that but still portrayed who she is a the core – daring, seductive, wild, mellow. I wanted a look that would make those most familiar with Charlie take a second glance before realizing who it is.
For this shoot I used the Canon 5D Mark III body + Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. For lighting I used two Canon 430EX speedlites in full manual mode with simple RF triggers and Interfit Strobies kit. This session lasted about 2 hours with 1 hour hair, makeup and studio prep prior.
My biggest challenge here was how to showcase this great tattoo artwork, in a tasteful manner. Here are some shots from this creative endeavor. As always any constructive feedback is very welcomed and most appreciated.