February 18, 2014

Thinking Outside the Box | Fashion Photography Shoot at Key Hall | Saratoga Photographer

Prom Fashion Shoot At Key Hall Proctor’s

This week I did something challenging for me that made me go out of my personal comfort zone and think outside of the box. I did a fashion photography styled shoot at Key Hall at Proctors with some great models and prom dresses and tuxedos.

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The vault at Key Hall was wonderful to capture the mood I wanted for this shoot.

If you have followed my blog at all, you know I love old movies, the photography of George Hurrell, fashion in general and photography. I had gotten an idea in my head that I wanted to do a themed shoot that was reminiscent of the James Bond movies from the 1960s. Everyone in that era seemed to have such style. Therefore, we needed a vault, gambling tables, great models and some stunning dresses and formal attire. Since I did not have any of those items, I need to send out a big thank you to Key Hall at Proctors, Danielle’s Bridal for all the clothing, Total Events in Clifton Park for the fun toys, Lipstick N Lashes for styling, and my amazing young models.

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This look by Lipstick N Lashes was perfect!
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The red dress matched the red in the wheel perfectly!

One of the things that I needed to work on with this is thinking more like a fashion photographer as opposed to a more portrait style photographer. The lighting for high fashion is a little more harsh and contrasty. To me that means when you look at fashion photography it has more of an edgy look because the shadows are more defined. When I am shooting either wedding photography or portrait photography, I try to keep my shadow/highlight ratio low. I think it looks softer. For fashion you can be more daring. I even used a split lighting pattern for some of the images, which I would tend to stay away from with women in pure portrait work.

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I am in love with the way the sequins look on this dress. I think if I had used more than one light, it would not have looked so dramatic.
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This is the same guy, in the same pose basically. But converting the image to black and white made it look more film like to me.
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This reminds me of Casino Royale–Monte Carlo.

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Did something slightly different with lighting here. Can you tell what it was?

Vendor Friends who helped out:

Key Hall at Proctors

Danielles Bridal, Rte 50 Saratoga

Lipstick N Lashes

Total Events, Clifton Park

If you enjoyed this post of our Prom Fashion Shoot, you might also enjoy our Prom Fashion Shoot at the Hangar 743.

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