Rocking the red dress

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Studio portrait of a young woman wearing a red boho dress and with long hair blowing away from her face by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

Amelia rocking the red dress in her studio portrait session.

I was talking with a friend the other day about how easy it is to become overly familiar with the way you light your space. And as a result end up stuck in a comfort zone.
I am so feeling that right now with this larger space I am working in, and getting a little overwhelmed. So much so, that I actually feel way more confident using natural light.

Studio portrait of a young woman wearing a red boho dress and with long hair blowing away from her face by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

Still, I am going to challenge myself until I get it right. I’m actually massively kicking myself for selling a modifier earlier on in the year that would have been perfect for this space – I had an 80cm octabox. It just was much too big to use effectively in my previous spaces, and in the interests of keeping my hoarder tendencies reigned, I sold it. The fact that we have made multiple international or cross country moves in the past 5 years, also was a huge factor.

The first set up was by essentially creating a massive soft box by pointing my beauty dish at the white cyc wall. Boxing it in with white v-flats and diffusing the front of it with a shower curtain (yes it was as elegant as it sounds….).
Then placing a white reflector on the other side to soften the shadows a bit.

The red dresses are part of my studio wardrobe.
In fact you may recognise the ruffled red dress from this outdoor forest shoot with Francine. The lace dress was a super awesome bargain rack find for around $10 – yay!

The second look I went with a beauty dish with a sock feathered off quite a way to the front of Amelia. With a reflector to bounce some light back into the opposite side.
I love how it was really enhanced Amelia’s bone structure.

The black flamenco dress was something I found in an op-shop (thrift store for you all playing along in Canada) on the way home from work one evening in Hampton, Melbourne. It has traveled half way around the world with me. The cold shoulder top was an eBay purchase and I’ve never got around to using it until this shoot.

Studio portrait of a young woman with hair pulled back in a pony tail wearing a black cold shoulder top and black ruffled skirt smiling at the camera by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

Amelia is originally from Saskatoon and is in Vancouver studying. This young woman has such an amazing work ethic, and I would not be surprised if she goes onto to do huge things. I was so impressed with her maturity and how self assured she is.

Muah: Adilla

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