I’ve been thinking about doing a shoot with a vintage car for a while. It’s just hard to find the car and the designer to provide the outfits that fits the theme. couple of month ago, when I was doing an one on one workshop I talked with Cheyenne’s mom about this idea. She told me she knew someone who knows someone that might be able to help me. End up the person she knows is also a designer. Couple weeks later, the car owner and the designer confirmed. My model will be Cheyenne again, the designer is someone I’ve been looking forward to work with — Jennifer and we will be shooting with a 1959 Jaguar Mark IX. Everything will be  much easier if you ask the right person.

We planned to shoot close to sunset, at 2 different locations, but because the car owner couldn’t stay with us during the shoot, we end up just shooting in front of the designer’s house. The car was parking on the street facing south, not the best angle if I want to shoot from the front of the car. I don’t like my model lit by the sun from the side. The sun light will be too harsh on one side of her face and the light from the soft box will be too soft on the other side. A typical flashy look. As usual, I chose to shoot back light. But that means I can only shoot the side view of the car. I tried couple of shots. The harsh reflection from the paint made the exposure very difficult. It also created some undesirable flares.

This is to give you a idea about the problems I had.

I asked Cheyenne to sit inside of the car. Right away the photos started looking better. Easier composition and flare is a lot more controllable. I put my Profoto OCF 2×3′ softbox right in front of the windshield and did a few shots I almost like all of them.

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portrait, portrait photography, portrait session, fashion photography, editorial, profoto, nikon, sigma art, profoto b2, profoto ocf, vancouver photographer, vancouver fashion photographer, vancouver portrait photographerWe can’t just shoot with Cheyenne sitting inside. It’s time to turn the car to a different angle. We moved it in front of the garage door so it’s facing east. Also moved it as further away from the house as possible without blocking the street, so it can have more time with the sun. I still need to deal with the harsh reflection, but the lighting on my subject is much better. The harsh reflections seems not as undesirable as before.

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portrait, portrait photography, portrait session, fashion photography, editorial, profoto, nikon, sigma art, profoto b2, profoto ocf, vancouver photographer, vancouver fashion photographer, vancouver portrait photographerThe shoot was finished in about an hour and we got 3 outfits changes. It’s a pretty productive day.