So this session was awesome. No question. Grace, despite having lost her voice, was incredibly fun, energetic and just so damn fiery in front of the lens. We pulled up an inspiration shot from a wet-hair session with Barbara Palvin for Madame Figaro by photographer Nico and ran with it. The session evolved, and the more we shot the more we played with some different angles, looks, and gestures.
Bethany Rose worked her magic for hair and makeup, while Sean Snow assisted the shoot. for a test session, this went extraordinarily well. Grace and I will be working together in the future!
Geeking out a bit, I shot this session primarily with a Nikon D800 with a Hasselblad Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 T* Planar lens mounted via a Fotodiox adaptor. I'm still experimenting with this combination (and the 150mm f/4 Zeiss Sonnar) but so far I'm seeing that as a studio setup using apertures around f/5.6-f/11, it's as sharp and detailed as my Nikkor 85mm f/1.8. Once I've done a few outdoor sessions I plan on putting together a lengthy and very nerdy post about the merits and pitfalls of putting old Zeiss MF glass in front of a high-res 35mm format sensor.
Some of the photos were shot on film using a Hasselblad 503CX and the aforementioned lenses. I shot a roll of Kodak TMax 400 and Ilford Delta 400 to compare and contrast the two films. So far I'm finding that they are quite similar when scanned, with the TMax producing a bit less contrast and showing more greys.
Model: Grace Stavert
Hair, Makeup: Bethany Rose
Assistant: Sean Snow