On Thursday I did a shoot with Joy an upcoming makeup artist/stylist. I met Joy via Instagram and we ended up being chat buddies with promises of working together. This was merely a collaboration between the two of us. It was a last minute shoot. I did not know the models I was going to shoot neither was I very familiar with the location. I am always up for a challenge and challenge it definitely was.
I was very annoyed the day of the shoot because the model and the stylist were all very late (very unprofessional). We planned to meet at 12:00hrs, they came at 14:48hrs. They also had to prepare themselves so you can imagine, that means more time wasted. So while they were preparing I had to go grab something to eat.
We started the shoot around 15:45hrs. The light was still a nightmare at that and there were no definitive shades to work with. The background was chaotic and unimpressive. So I had to stick with shooting tight close-ups, which only meant the best images would only be portraits.
Since the light was not quite good and created hush shadows, I had to use a reflector so as to block the sunlight and to create even shadow for my subject. I tried to do tight head shots excluding the unwanted chaos in my shot. I also tried to stick with natural light, since my assistant already had his hands full with the reflector. I decided to make it as simple as possible so as not to waste any more time.