Saturday's shoot with Charlotte was actually supposed to be an indoor test with coloured gels. It wound up being quite a bit different than our intentions because, due to circumstances out of Charlotte's control, she couldn't get to me. She was stranded at a friends place near Acadia University in Wolfville, about an hour's drive from my place. So I went to her instead.
Luckily, Charlotte had some winter accessories and clothing that would look really nice in photos and did her own makeup to complement the garments. Additionally, the weather was the kind of light overcast with snow flurries that you can't ever plan for. It was absolutely perfect for the kind of look I had in mind, and we went to town shooting and playing in the snow.
Charlotte is about 6'0", and I'm a step-stool shorter at 5'7". I wound up using live view on a couple shots to change my perspective so that they didn't all seem to be from below her neckline. The fact that I was sinking deeper and deeper into the snow didn't help either.
I discovered (and I am sure I'm not the first) that when shooting in these conditions, with a giant sheet of snow providing a massive reflected and flat catchlight in the eyes, my own silhouette created a "cat's eye" kind of look. I was wearing all black, which definitely contributed to the effect. It would be visible on a print, but on a small screen it's not quite so apparent.
We worked with several different cameras, including the Nikon D800, Fuji X100T and finally, a roll of Tri-X film in the Hasselblad. Each camera had a different look and appeal, but that's part of what these tests are all about.
What started as a bust became a great session. I anticipate doing a lot more work with Charlotte in the future!
Stay tuned for another test shoot coming up, as well as some site updates which are geared toward wedding photography!