Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Big Hair Shoot

Vanessa Freedman

Liz Freedman

Liz Freedman
Liz Freedman

Liz and Vanessa
Liz and Vanessa

Liz and Vanessa are sisters. We hooked up by way of a mutual friend who thought they would be great subjects for me and that they could benefit from my style of photography.
Liz and Vanessa were amazing. They were so delightful to work with and be around. They are an awesome presence to behold in person. Both are over 6ft tall and with natural hair that can fill up another foot or so. Stunning beauty as well.

We started our session late due to transportation difficulties and wound up with about an hour to work with. In that time, we were able to get much done and here are some of my favorite photos from the shoot. More to work with and I'll be getting to a few more, but this is what I have started with.

The set up is pretty much my norm consisting of a white Lightniong X1600 head into 24x32" softbox and about 4 speedlites shooting into smaller diffusing boxes.

Post processing done in LightRoom 3.0 (love the latest version) and Photoshop CS4. I'll be looking to get CS5 since it has been given so many major improvements, but most of what I do is in LightRoom and so that upgrade took priority.

The hair was backlit with one of the strobes to really bring out the volume and magnificance as well as side lights for rim and more "hair care". Definetely want to work with them again.


willow said...

If I couldn't have Pocahontas hair I would have this fabulous hair. Doppelganers, for sure!

Lianne said...

I love, love, love this hair. I've always wanted hair with personality and theirs has it and more. You've captured the texture and colour beautifully Gary.

Bonnie said...

They and their hair command attention and give off an aire of power (amazon warrior-like power).

I love Liz's eyes.

Photography and editing are pretty amazing too. :-)

Agneta said...

Just four words;


I also love to read your comments on my Wabi & Sabi blog!

Agneta, the swedish one ;)

Ps. The girl & her hair is faboluos!! Ds

Daryl said...

Awesome shots .. exquisite models ... sigh I used to have that much hair ...

dana said...

You already know how much I like these are a master Gary. I do like it when you explain the details of lighting and placement.

Anonymous said...

love the play of light on the hair and skin.

kyungmee said...

It worked well...a great idea and fun shoot!

Antonio Estevez said...

The color and tones in these are fantastic! killer