by John Denton Published 01/08/2013
The first images are always a little test of the lighting and for making final tweaks. No matter how you prepare there is always a degree of refinement needed at this stage. This includes a headshot to test the make-up and ensure it is even and rendering effectively on camera. It's always an exciting part of the shoot as you get a feel for how the rest of it will go from there .
Then it was time for Jennie and I both to let rip. A good model will give you great poses but not always in exactly the angle you want them. So you enter into a little dance whereby the model gives a pose, you refine it and make sure the light is hitting where you wish, take the image and dance once again to a slightly different angle; all the time keeping in mind the classical patterns of lighting that mould the face and body - a dramatic split lighting across Jennie's face .
 turns Jennie towards the umbrella and allows light to skip across the nose giving the loop pattern with the short or shadow side presented to the camera to define the features.
Between the two angles you get a Rembrandt V under the eye on the side nearest camera .
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