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A Quick Studio Set-Up On Location
Private Photography Session Leads To Photo
The Technical: Playboy Playmate Stephanie Larimore is an exceptional model to work with. Here she poses during a private instruction session in Virginia. The lighting was provided by two medium Broncolor softboxes (one for fill light and the other for the main light) along with an accent light and a California Sunbounce reflector for a small kicker fill (lighting set-up below). The final image was postproduced with Nick Software’s Dynamic Skin Softner filter.
Playboy Playmate Stephanie Larimore poses for the camera during a photography private instruction session.
This image and the lighting set-up are from my new photographic lighting book Rolando Gomez’s Lighting for Glamour Photography: Techniques for Digital Photographers–my fourth book with Amherst Media.
The Story Behind the Image: Earlier in 2009 I met a great photographer, Adam F., who attended one of my photography workshops in Rockville, Maryland. After the workshop Adam decided he’d hire me for some private instruction at a later date. And when the date came, Adam had it all organized, from the models, location, to the make-up artist. It couldn’t have been easier for me—not to mention Adam is a fantastic individual with a great personality.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Canon 85mm F/1.2L USM
Shutter Speed: 1/200
White Balance: 6000K
We basically spent two days at a prestigious country club, where Adam is a member. One of the models he hired was Playboy Playmate Stephanie Larimore. Playboy Playmate Holley Dorrough, who I discovered as a Playmate, had introduced me to Stephanie almost a year before at a photography event. They are both friends and since that introduction, Stephanie and I always talked about getting together sometime to shoot, but we could never get our schedules to line up. When they finally did, we both got paid to finally work together. Sweet.
This same thing happened to me with another model, also friends with Stephanie and Holley, Playboy Playmate Monica Leigh, as we too also talked about working together and when we finally did, we were paid by the advertising company that represented Evan Williams liquor. Sometimes I guess we get lucky, especially when we get paid to photograph someone we’ve always wanted to work with and know. Unfortunately with today’s economy, those opportunities don’t arise as often, but like everyone else, we just deal with it on a daily basis and just keep doing what we best, just keep our faith.
This is the photography lighting set-up used for the featured image of Playboy Playmate Stephanie Larimore.
This private instruction trip had some other benefits too. The folks from Boncolor, who I met through their CEO, came down to help us with the lighting and Adam’s friend from Canon, also showed up and helped out, plus he loaned me Canon’s top 200mm F/2.0 prime lens to use for the few shots I took while helping Adam. Since that private instruction with Adam, we’ve been good friends and I’ll soon see him at his new studio during the upcoming Rockville photography workshop. It’s great when your clients become your friends too.