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Creating some spring creative studio light portraits with Khamisa to replicate natural light, with fresh seasonal flowers.

My first couple of months this year has been full on with shoots which has been great, but not necessarily stuff that I have been able to share.

So with April rolling around and by all accounts a later arrival of Spring in Vancouver, I thought it was time to do a couple of shoots. I wanted to recharge my creativity and celebrate the arrival of better weather. Raincouver anyone?

Spring creative studio portraits of a young woman with natural hair sitting in front of a wall of hanging spring blooms by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

Originally my plan was to shoot outdoors around Kitsilano where there have been some very pretty blossoms popping up. But the completely incessant rain on the day put a stop to that.

My last couple of shoots, I have worked with make up artist Tara Ariel  and we collaborated together on this shoot. 

Spring creative studio portraits of a young woman with natural hair sitting in front of a wall of hanging spring blooms by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell
Spring creative studio portraits of a young woman with natural hair sitting in front of a wall of hanging spring blooms by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

Prior to the shoot I had taken a trip to the local florist.  I created a hanging flower wall using a mixture of spring blooms (freesia, gerbera, hyacinth, and roses) . It smelled amazing.
Tara spotted the bright yellow freesia right in the middle of the wall, and created a simple spring look with a bold yellow eye to complement.

Spring creative studio portraits of a young woman with natural hair sitting in front of a wall of hanging spring blooms by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell
Spring creative studio portraits of a young woman with natural hair sitting in front of a wall of hanging spring blooms by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

The day was pretty gloomy with all the rain so I had my strobes set up to use as natural light was pushing me into higher ISO (around 3200).

Spring creative studio portraits of a young woman with natural hair sitting in front of a wall of hanging spring blooms by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

The strobe images were on lowish power (maybe 1/8th), shooting through a white umbrella and a white homemade scrim for extra diffusion.
I used my Canon FD 50mm f1.4 but kept it around the f2.8 mark.
Also my Canon L 24-70mm f2.8 also at f2.8 with the focal length mainly between 35 and 42mm.

I switched from Lightroom over to Capture One at the start of 2017, as they have a working relationship with Sony and I use Capture One Pro for Sony.
All initial adjustments, Luma curve and some initial colour grading was done before I moved into Photoshop. I’m still running CS6 
for full skin retouch, as I am not a fan of CC the bug reports. 

I did some extra colour grading in Alienskin Exposure X before taking back into Capture One for some last tweaks on the curves (Luma and individual R, G, B channels).

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7 Comments

Christie · April 24, 2017 at 14:37

Love the look of this! Hope you aren’t enjoying the sunshine today!

    Christie · April 24, 2017 at 14:38

    Eek auto correct! Hope you ARE enjoying the sunshine! ☀️

itjustflows · April 21, 2017 at 13:22

These are beautiful Angela! The flower background turned out so pretty! What a great way to tell the rain to screw it and not let it rain on your shoot! 😀

monashee · April 20, 2017 at 12:38

Such a great series Angela. The weather is really putting a damper on shoot planning isn’t it? This is a beautiful backup plan though, and you still got your flowers.

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