Basem & Fa | Washington DC Photographers
While we were traveling around Senegal, we met many amazing people who wore boutique clothing that was distinctly unique to their culture. Turns out that the capital of Dakar is full of fashion designers with their showrooms tucked in corners all around the city. Since we packed some studio lighting equipment with us we were ready to jump on an opportunity to set up a genuinely different type of fashion shoot working with a few of the new faces we had met. It had gotten late in the day and we opted for a night time shoot to create a big contrast between the smokey night streetscape in the background against the bright colors and patterns so commonly used in these hand sewn outfits. Head over to our Facebook page to see the full set from the photoshoot.
Basem | Washington DC Photographer
This week I've got a whole series of headshots lined up for people from a diverse range of backgrounds. This is one of my favorite types of shoots, especially when they want to get out of the studio and work outdoors. It's a little different than the other kinds of shoots because with headshots and portraiture we really get to chatting. Something as simple as conversation is critical because: 1) I'm working with humans, not products. And I need to show their authentic human side. And 2) It gets the client to relax and just be natural, especially with the big light modifier I've got on my setup.
That brings me to the light modifier. I picked up a softbox ring light that works directly off the speedlight and I'm genuinely impressed. I'll do a review of it later but my outdoor portrait kit literally just got streamlined to one hand held setup. I love it!