With The HDR Book 2nd Ed. written, it gives me a chance to come up for air from my immersion into the world of HDR. Photography can suffer greatly from atrophy – a general lack of mental fitness in a specific style. My first love will always be shooting in a studio. I remember when I first came down to Kelby Media, seven years ago (ouch!) – musing with Scott about how much of a studio rat I was. I’ve missed having a space – four walls and a high ceiling. A counter with a coffee maker and adapters. Stands, softboxes, and lights, ready to investigate and play – music blaring as a auditory compass.
What i’ve missed more is trying to make pictures with people. While there is a whole subset of HDR portraiture that I am really enjoying playing with- I’ve missed working with lights to just squeeze out an idea stuck in my head. When I am in a creative rut, I gravitate towards other artists. They too spend their time pushing their boundaries creatively. I don’t think theres a woman pushing herself harder artistically in the Tampa area than Vita Devoid.
Fire Breather, Actress, Burlesque Performer – she’s a vaudevillian explosion, wrapped in a circus, wrapped in a model who time travels between I Love Lucy and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. John Wayne Gacy to Sweeny Todd. In the random moments of “Yeah, I’ll give that a shot” texts she and i have shared, she’s become a friend and a person I look forward to seeing for a creative pick me up.
As it turns out – she got a call from a casting director to submit some pictures for the next season of American Horror Story. I guess this upcoming season is called Freak Show – with the setting being Jupiter, Florida (That said, they’re taping in New Orleans. That be a killer time right there.. shoot Freak Show artists in New Orleans… But, I digress.). Im sure if anyone meets her – they’ll see she’s a great fit.
Vita needed some headshots – and we were able to knock those out pretty quickly. I just wanted to try something a little different.
We have this huge rolling door at the back of our sets at the office. Thought it would be a good idea to try to make a picture of her there. I liked the lines on the garage door – hated that they were grey. I also wasnt all that excited to haul a bunch of lights into the back of the soundstage, hunt for power, and try to make a shot.
Ran back into the studio and grabbed the Profoto B1 Air kit. Set one of the lights up with the beauty dish. The second light got a gel in front of it. I really appreciated being able to wheel the lights around and not have to worry about where they were getting the power from.
Shot the picture with a 5D Mark III on a 70-200 lens . In about ten minutes we were out of there, with a couple of ideas in mind. After that, lunch time!
Wanted to say thank you to Vita for coming by – exactly when I needed the pick me up. Its always great to go try something new and work the kinks out. Wishing you the best of luck with AHS casting – i’d hire you in a second if it were me!