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02-23-2011, 08:12 AM #1
SHIRAKIPHOTO: Beautiful Oahu, Hawaii + a 5'9, drop dead gorgeous model?!?
This year during my annual trip back home to Hawaii I decided to do a last minute fashion shoot. With only two days before I returned to Vegas I didn’t have much time to prep; but luckily I did have an awesome and extremely talented team to back me up.
This thread will briefly outline the process my team and I go through to pull off a successful fashion shoot.
The complete write up/full set of pics can be seen on my blog here: shirakiphotoblog.com
First and foremost is finding our subject. When selecting girls, I have a number of factors that I like to keep in mind. Some of these include: height, build, age, bone structure, and potential of career success. An agent showed me this picture of a 5’9, thin/fit, 15 year old, with great bone structure, and a very high potential of career success, named Malia Murphey. Once I saw those legs I was sold!
Location, location, location:
A picture is only as strong as its weakest component. A stunning backdrop can really elevate a picture to a whole new level. Prior to the shoot I had driven around Oahu twice taking scenery pictures and had stumbled across the perfect spot at Kaena point, the northern most tip of the island. I wanted something unique to showcase Hawaii’s beauty without looking cliché and cheesy (ie: crashing waves, sandy beaches, sunsets, etc.) I also wanted a feeling of vast expansiveness while showcasing an untouched and pristine side of Hawaii.
Here are a couple snap shots I took prior to the shoot:
Malia is tall, skinny, and young so it's important for me to provide age appropriate clothing while still pushing the creative envelope. We pulled the majority of the wardrobe from T by Alexander Wang to give a simple yet high fashion look that would complement the beautiful surroundings.
6. Heres my wardrobe stylist Cassandra prepping the clothes:
7. Cassandra performing wardrobe adjustment and my assistant armed with his D700 and 5DMkII + L-glass
8. The location was absolutely beautiful!
For this particular shoot I decided to work with natural light and just a large reflector to bounce light where I needed it. Everyone has a different shooting style but with fashion shoots I’ll take a very high number of total photographs. I took nearly 700 shots that day and ended up with around 15 finalized print quality images. There are so many factors that have to mesh together perfectly. Most important of these factors for me is the model's expression and connection with the viewer. Malia's expression can last only a split second and if I miss it, it’s gone forever. Sometimes the expression is good but the pose can be off or vice versa. So taking a high number of shots gives me the best chance of capturing those split second magical moments.
A skilled model makes my job exponentially easier. Sometimes it’s almost as if they’re reading my mind and adjusting their poses and expressions according to my thoughts. A good model can ‘find the light’ and is consciously be aware of how her face and body is reacting to the lighting conditions presented to her. Malia had a little difficulty ‘finding the light’ at first but quickly adapted and got into a groove. In Malia’s case, I’ve never seen a model with so much raw talent in my life. She instinctively knew how to pose and gave me solid expressions one after another that conveyed a lot of emotion. Cassandra can attest to this as she was absolutely floored with Malia’s performance. There’s so much talent and potential at such a young age, I really do believe that Malia can one day 'make it big'.
11. (perfect example of 'finding the light')
I’ve had a model almost faint on me before. Modeling is actually extremely difficult and quite tiring. Those weird poses are strenuous, similar to that of yoga but in their case, they have to do it all while standing on heels and concentrating on looking pretty at the same time. Multiple wardrobe changes and locations can be exhausting so I now bring a variety of healthy snacks, fruits and Gatorade for both the model and crew.
13. Malia snacking on some cherries
And heres the rest of each set. Enjoy.
14. Vintage Top/Silk Skirt
Last edited by RAWMEAN; 04-10-2011 at 08:18 AM.
02-23-2011, 08:13 AM #2
17. Cowl Boat Neck Tee: T by Alexander Wang
21. Onesie: T by Alexander Wang
25. lol Cassandra (my wardrobe stylist) made me put this one in. Malia looks so cute here and whenever I see this picture it always makes me smile.
26. Rumi RVCA Machinery Dress
29. Please click on the picture below to see the complete story and all the behind the scenes pictures on my blog
I hope you enjoyed what you saw and I'd love to hear any feedback you might have. Questions, comments, or critiques are all more than welcomed. Thanks!
Last edited by shirakiphoto; 02-23-2011 at 09:19 AM.
02-23-2011, 08:44 AM #3
Always love the "How to" additions bro and I'll never get tired of saying it, your work is absolutely stunning.
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02-28-2011, 03:25 AM #4
^ I agree with Kuester.
Fantastic work, and that is just an "all natural" look right there.Hidden Content <- work and photo site
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04-06-2011, 06:57 PM #5
Your work is amazing. To look at it I would have thought there would be atleast one strobe there somewhere!
Im guessing you used a 70-200 2.8 for this ?2008 Avus Silver A3 1.8 TFSI S-Line S-Tronic Sportback - exhaust, induction, remap, lowered on H&R's.
04-06-2011, 07:27 PM #6
04-06-2011, 07:29 PM #7
great photography! She's Gorgeous!
04-09-2011, 09:41 PM #8
She's gorgeous! The location is beautiful as well. Props!
04-10-2011, 05:09 AM #9
you are the man! keep up with the great work!
04-10-2011, 05:49 AM #10Senior Member
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Wow, amazing shots