While cruising around on the internet, I came across a portrait by Gal Reuveni of Katie Waisell that I found particularly striking – she is smoking a cigarette while pointing to her forehead with her other hand in a gun-like manner. If you think about it, it doesn’t really make sense, but it inspired me to try and replicate this black and white concept with someone that exuded that same bad ass attitude.
For this project I really only had one person in mind, which was Lena. With her bleached hair, amazing tattoo work and the most awesome “bitch face” (and I mean that in a good way), I couldn’t settle for anything less, and I think the pictures speak for themselves.
As an aside – a few days before the shoot she asked if she could bring an escort, which is of course perfectly fine- but then I started getting a little worried, imagining that she would bring some loc’d out dude that could snap me in half. I only thought about it because of her tats. She actually ended up coming alone after one of my referrals had responded to her at the last minute. Regardless of that though, Lena was a very sweet person and we had some good laughs. Moral of the story – don’t judge a book by its cover! And also I’m an idiot.
Since I needed some hard edged light, I shot with a beauty dish positioned quite high overhead- this ended up working a bit against me in post for some positions, as due to that her eyes were hidden due to the eyelashes casting shadows over them, as well as some unwanted textures being brought out- but for the most part, I was very happy with the selected shots.
Category : Portraiture
Date : April 21, 2016