Something sultry to keep you warm this winter

My vision for this shoot was to have an Old Hollywood feel. Something with a lot of wood and opulence would have been perfect. Finding something that matched that within my budget was the hardest trick. In the end, I chose to have the shoot at the Pink Mansion. The master suite seemed to fit the bill in spades with wood and earthy tones. As a bonus there was a beautiful fireplace with ample room in front to lay down furs.

Master Suite at the Pink Mansion

Master Suite at the Pink Mansion

With the location set and booked, it was time to decide on the equipment to use. Since I was aiming for an Old Hollywood look and feel, I wanted the light to have a steeper fall off. I ended up using a pair of 47″ octaboxes and a beauty dish. For better or worse it was my first time using octaboxes. They achieved the effect I wanted, especially when I used the grids, but I felt that the light could have been sculpted better. Something to strive for!

Sony A7rII, 24-70mm GM

I had the intention of using the Batis 85mm lens, but due to space constraints I ended up using the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens exclusively. In hindsight, I wish I had brought along the Sonnetar lens as this setting is exactly what the Sonnetar is meant for! The GM lens performed superbly and as much as I am loathe to admit, the flexibility offered by the zoom definitely save me some time adjusting myself to get the right framing.

Sony A7rII, 24-70mm GM

My favorite part of the room was the area in front of the fireplace. We used two fur coats on the floor so that Jennifer could lay on it. It definitely had the look I wanted. Alas, I tried to get the fireplace going, but I couldn’t figure it out. A nice fire would have been the perfect final touch.

Sony A7rII, 24-70mm GM

As with many of my shoots, time seemed to pass by way too quickly. We wrapped it up so we could grab something to eat before all of the restaurants closed!

Sony A7rII, 24-70mm GM

Overall I’m pleased with how the shots turned out. Knowing what I know now, I would have spent more time trying to get that fireplace going and shooting on the floor. Perhaps next time. I hope that you enjoy the photos!