These are the behind the scenes and outtake photos of Project L: Part 39 – Helsinki seaside.
About the process
Shooting when the sun is at its highest isn’t really the time you’d want to photograph people; the hard contrasts from the direct sunlight give a harsh challenge when trying to separate the varying exposures in one face; especially when the model is wearing a brim around her hat.
Sure, we could have assistants holding reflectors to open up the shadows, but I feel that it disturbs the tight and open workflow that I’m used to. Photographing models who haven’t had that much experience in professional photoshoots – especially when wearing something different and perhaps even revealing, like latex – is more difficult than you’d really think.
The biggest challenge is to get the model to feel at ease, to relax in your company and to forget the world around her. And this is achieved best when not using assistants, to keep the situation intimate. It’s much better for the end results to open up the shadows in post-process by using the best of 1D X’s excellent dynamic range than to make the model feel uneasy. A mediocrely-lighted image with the model having real and feelings is much better than excellently lighted image with mediocre feelings.
All and all, I was really happy to see how much more Jonna’s expressions, stances and overall appearance had more “oompf”, more feelings in the resulting photos. Perhaps it was due to my better understanding of Jonna, perhaps it was due to her learning from the previous project – but it was probably both.
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Latex used in the project:
Black Princess Catsuit by Libidex
Great photographs as always. Latex around water seems to add to the highlights on the latex and improves its glossy look.
The basic black catsuit with a skirt, hat and running shoes looked really good and not overly fetish looking. A very nice look for this model.
Do you as a photog wear latex? I’m sure it would help ease the models when out in public if you did, that is assuming they are a little apprehensive to wear it in public. I know I am.
I always look forward to your photos, They are some of the best on the web.
I don’t personally think that wearing latex would benefit the models; it’s more likely that they would be at more unease to see an overweight, curly-haired weirdo dressing in a catsuit. Besides, I don’t really want to force my kinks to others, and I feel that this would be it. I’ve worn latex on some occasions during photoshoots, e.g. when a model requests for me to freeze as well or when it suits the happening, such as on the cruise.
But as said, my main focus is for the models to feel at ease. If a model wishes for me to do so, I would do it – but not because I’d want to do it personally.
I was thinking more along the lines of just a latex t-shirt and not a catsuit. lol. In the publics eye, a sexy woman wearing a catsuit is a lot more acceptable than a fat man in a catsuit.
Most of your models look at ease in their latex but Didi Ou appears to exude the confidence that latex is just another outfit one would wear and is not nothing unusual.
Any plans to do a photoshoot with multiple models?
Having multiple models has been planned for ages, and it has been so on few occasions, but arranging students’ schedules is always a hassle, and has proven to be more difficult than it would sound. It’s going to happen, sure, but when and with whom – that’s the question.
Great shot as usual.
have you ever thought about transparent latex ?
While we re waiting for Project L s 38th BTS, why don t you go ahead and check out its already released video?