I got a call from my fashion photography agent last week for an interesting multi-designer photo shoot at a Bel Air mansion.
The location was only available for 3.5 hours and the 5’11” Russian supermodel for 2.5 hours, so this was not going to be my typical full-day fashion photographer routine where I am in my methodical mode with everything double and triple checked. For rush assignments I rely on experience and go auto-pilot, its more important to have a lot of shots and choose later than being a choosy fashion photographer.
So while makeup and hair was in progress I was busy scouting the mansion for the 3 shots I was assigned to put in the can, I wasn’t going to rely on time of day and optimal daylight since there was no time to ponder such perfection. Instead I was going to force the lighting with six 600 class speedlites which pack a punch in a tiny form factor, as a fashion photographer I have never looked back to carrying large studio strobes after using the speedlites. My assistants were prepping the outdoor shot while I was busy setting up the seven foot parabolic deep dish lighting umbrellas for the indoor bikini shot.