Late in the summer I had a chance to work with Athenaïs Testi as a lighting assistant for Jenn Gregory. She was modelling some pieces by Posh City Jewelry, and I was able to work on a bit of an idea I borrowed from an ad in Vogue.
Fast forward to a few months later and Athenaïs tells me she's coming to Halifax for a fashion show audition (which she did quite well in, as she was walking for FOUR designers in the Atlantic Fashion Week Showcase!) and wanted to try to get a shoot in with me.
We tossed some ideas around and came up with an industrial theme with a couple outfits in mind. I did my best to sort out a handful of locations, and made use of the area near the Cunard Centre for part of the shoot, then a fire escape stairwell, and finally winding up at the NS Government House on Barrington.
I was absolutely floored when I got home and started going through the images. Athenaïs absolutley ROCKED this shoot, and I couldn't be happier. It was one of those times where everything comes together. I really feel like I broke new ground with these images, and I hope that I can keep moving in this direction for future shoots. I even submitted these photos to Vogue, which, sadly they didn't take. That's not going to stop me from shooting more stuff like this though!
Once I had the shot above, I knew I wanted to try something a bit punchier, with more dynamic to it. We simply used a bare strobe to really kick the light up a notch and got some really cool shadows.
I used a beauty dish on these last few images, and used the light overcast as a fill. There are some days when the light is just perfect, but other times you just have to help it along a bit. The three different looks were all put together by Athenaïs and her mother, Nathalie. They make a great fashion team!
How do you think the shoot turned out? Leave a comment and let me know!