Bia – We Create

Bia – Here we shall create
Getting back together with a long time friend, here we spent a day in studio making creative pieces together as creative artists. At first i was in a bit of a panic as we don’t often manage to find the time to create so freely together with our busy schedules. Obviously this means my brain jumps through all the ideas i can possibly imagine as i want to make the most of it, a typical thing where creatives end up pushing ourselves ;).
Iv’e been very lucky to know Bia for quite some years now, so when we shoot we tend to catch up on lost time as well. This lovely lady arrives with her make up kit and some giant leaves and opens up a can of idea’s to cross over with what we have been chatting about previously. I was crazy excited to experiment with building a set once again, as i have been focusing on keeping shoots simple – but i do love to indulge into the creative aspect of a studio setup when ever i get the opportunity.

Please enjoy! And if you want to see just how silly i get on set scroll to the bottom for some behind the scenes. 😀 

First Look:
Bia / My Intention 

Little Harlequin

Second Look / Earth Child
“Give her that freedom and she will love you forever.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the scenes snippets of what things look like in real life 😀

Artist & MUA : Bia / The Little Harlequin

Photography & Retouching Miss Hepburn Photography

 

Desi In Studio

Desi In Studio

Recent setup done in a studio setting with Desi. Taken on one of those rainy days where you barely see the sun. A reminder why i always love that the laws of nature never get in the way of working in studio.

Going for two looks in this photoshoot, on the first look i wanted to create a simple single light setup to go with a more simple look. As you can tell by this series i experimented with the elements of filters while shooting. The blue filter was to bring in the continuation of my models hair in the set.

With the second look i went for a red filter and added my classic blue gel. You can see in this look there is my favourite go-to of pulling colour elements together to create a completed look.
With the second look i got more experimental with angles and composition in what essentially is a very minimalist setup.

Backdrop used for this series: Savage Charcoal Grey from Sunshine Co Rental
Model: Desi
Photography & Retouching: Miss Hepburn

Image series taken in home studio setup.
Light Setup: Combination of Octobox diffuser & Honey Comb directional gel light.

Bangkok City With Sally

I got the fantastic opportunity to go back to Thailand once again ‘the land of smiles’.
Being our second time in this country we made sure to be more like locals this time round and stay for quite a bit longer.

Knowing the country from the last time we visited three years ago, i was lucky enough to organise a photoshoot with Sally through some great connections & friends. Once linked up we searched location ideas online and brain stormed the type of shots we wanted.

Being used to shooting in Cape Town South Africa a majority of the time, this was quite a great experience, and definitely one for the books. We started shooting in Yodpiman Flower Market, in Peak Summer with all the humidity one could imagine. The locals were incredibly welcoming and inviting when shooting amongst the flower stalls. From that point we caught a taxi to the Train station, even though the City is fulled with endless photographic opportunities , i underestimated how long it would take to get from point A to B.
Remembering i chose to shoot after sunset, this was because the night lights are truly beautiful and knowing how safe Bangkok can be in the right areas. There was many different scenes to play around with.

If anyone would like to shoot in a country they have never been to before, my tip on location would be to try and familiarise yourself with your surroundings. I walked around the flower market an hour before shoot began to get an idea of what would work for shots.
Social Media is great for getting an idea before hand – but you will know as soon as you see it with your own eye’s what will work for your shooting style.

Here’s a preview on some of the shots i managed to get in Bangkok City With Sally.

Taken by National Stadium BTS Skytrain.

Special thanks to those who made this shoot possible:

Ciska & Beam for linking me up with Sally!
Sally for being an incredible energy.
And my husband Chris for always being my loyal assistant and a part of the magical adventure.

Fox in studio - Miss Hepburn Photography

Fox in studio

Reunited with a good friend of mine, we always have the best times shooting together. 

When creating a mood-board for this photoshoot, i wanted to play with  aspects of bold clean lines and cold tones to compliment the androgynous aesthetics of the shoot. I particularly loved the challenge in simplicity with this theme, focusing on the basics to get a strong shot.  Lighting wise i stuck to my go-to one light to the side setup, very much Rembrandt lighting. Primarily this lighting is all about shadows for me, which for me helps in getting strong shots.

With the blue gel sneaking in on the third look once again. I am clearly having fun implementing gels where i can. I did struggle settle on a color at first for the gel, but thats just my typical indecisiveness of choosing something that fits perfectly.

Look 1

Fox in studio - Miss Hepburn Photography

Fox in studio - Miss Hepburn Photography

Look 2

Fox in studio - Miss Hepburn Photography

 

Look 3 – Here you can see i brought out my colour gel trick.

Fox in studio - Miss Hepburn Photography

Fox in studio - Miss Hepburn Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great fun it was to put this set together, never a dull moment!


Credits to the great team involved –
Model: Fox B 
MUA: Kallen Townsend / @kontouredbykallen
Images processed with Infinite Color Panel & Fine Art Actions in Photoshop.

Nels in studio

Going Lolita
– using a coral Back drop hired from sunshine co.
This photoshoot was originally inspired by the Lolita look, which turned into taking advantage of the pink tones coming from the coral backdrop.

Mixing wardrobe options and playing with looks, super happy with the results from this series!

Behance: https://www.behance.net/gallery/76853061/Nels-Lolita

Credits –

Model: Cornelia
Make Up: Clanelle Burger
Photography & Retouching : Miss Hepburn Photography

Impromptu with Alana

I had a great time catching up with Alana (Sapphire Flex) on the last day of 2018, fitting in her tight schedule we did a quick shoot close by. Shooting mid-day primarily indoors , so taking advantage of all the shadows and shapes available.

Here i went for an originally simple set-up due to time constraints and enjoying the spontaneity of the shoot. Taking images back into the editing room that’s where the real work kicks in, as one see’s the incredible potential of the shots taken. Never-mind the perfectionist in me gets to come through at full force.

Have a look below to see what we got up to on her visit to Cape Town from Johannesburg.

I will let you in a little secret, the buildings in the window come from my Japan trip, i am so curios how many people are able to pick this up.

Thanks again Alana, always love our little sessions !

Bella Rosafine

Bella Rosafine

Bella Rosafine

This being one of my creative photoshoot sets. I basically had collected VHR cassette tapes from a friend of mine almost a year ago, with the intention of a shoot i had in mind. As months turned into about a year i never got around to shooting this idea. Then one day i found the perfect subject.

Now understanding that time had passed, so the original shoot approach has changed, which as a photographer you learn to get used to your ideas morphing a little. But i was 100% sure Lindi would be perfect for the shoot. So with my small team of myself, Lindi & the make up artist. I set out to shoot this look.
There is no definitive concept behind it, more a theme that ended up becoming a very fantasy approach to my delight.

As you can see from this behind the scenes, i laid out my background before placing my subject. Then once Lindi was on the floor i moved the VHS tape around as i saw fit.

If you would like to see more imagery from this shoot, you are welcome to pop over to my Behance and have a look at more imagery.

Or leave a comment on either platforms on your thought’s of the shoot!

Credits to team / parties involved with shoot:
And a huge thank you’s to everyone participating to one of my delightful creative adventures 🙂

Model: Bella Rosa / Lindi Van Aswegen
MUA: Amy Louise
Head Piece: Llamas in Tiaras
Wardrobe / body pieces : Flock it
Photography & Retouching: Miss Hepburn Photography

Ring light Beauty

Beauty series taken at ‘Make it Bright’ Make up students class.
With about 10 minutes to spare per look for shoot, the setup remains simple with a make up chair and constant Ring light for taking photo’s. Ring lights are really great for catch lights in the eyes. Also, with being a constant light you know what you are getting while shooting. The only catch is this light can be a bit of a hassle to reposition when changing angles, so when there is minimal time to shoot it can be a challenge. Otherwise i can definitely see why the ring beauty light is a popular choice for low budget simple setups.

Scroll through below to see various results – Images are retouched.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Model: Devon Julia
MUA: Make it Bright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right
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Model: Nataliia
MUA: Make it Bright Student

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Model: Lisa
MUA: Make it Bright

3) Model: Milana
MUA: Make it Bright Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model: Savannah
MUA: Make it Bright Student

Jade in studio

Head shots taken of Jade in Studio.

Shooting at Knext Level Photography’s photographic studio in cape town.
From a basic single light setup, to a more creative three light approach.

Giving me two looks in essentially a simple white infinity curve space these were great light setups to work with to create different emotions.

Model: Strange Jade
MUA: Mooigemaak.
Photography & Retouching: Miss Hepburn Photography

Look 1
single light beauty dish strobe lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look 2

Three light setup. Strobe gel lights on back drop and model for colours, diffused studio light on model for added fill light.

 

 

 

 

A beauty photo series

Beauty series with – Charli X Boi

Taken in studio setup this was my first beauty approach series. This photoshoot is originally planned for great material to work on the beauty side of photo retouching. Plus with the amount of creative photo-shoots i have taken on board in the past, i thought it was a great idea to do something with the more commercial side approach.

Look 1 Gypsophila // “Baby’s-Breath”

Basically the flowers were bought and Charli created he’s make up looks around the flowers that were chosen. Flowers are seasonal and its one of those situations where collaboration is on a minimal budget. As i don’t have the exact recommended macro lenses for this approach just yet, my 80ml prime lense actually worked out perfectly fine for this setup. I then moved onto my 24-105mm zoom lense for paired look, as the room was not big enough for me to do required pullback of the prime lense.

Look 2 Dianthus caryophyllus // “carnations”

Light setup existed between beauty dish and a soft box. I definitely would love to invest in a reflector stand in the future when shooting in this approach. You don’t want to need an assistant to do that job for you on set. With Robyn’s hair i felt it would be great to subtly add accent lighting to her dark hair for added definition.

Look 3 Spider Chrysanthemum

The type of photo retouching that are applied to these photographs are very high-end. Definitely not the kind of editing one may apply to a regular shoot like Boudoir or wedding imagery, it is too time consuming for that approach.

One of the important things i definitely picked up during editing these shots is having a game plan. As discussed in Pratic Naaiks introductory lesson. It’s a phase i skipped as i rushed myself into these images.Only to discover hours later that it could have certainly saved me some time.

Then there is the removal of ‘peach fuzz’ – this comes up in unflattering lighting very easily and as every person has fine hair on their face, such detailed photography will pic up on these small things.
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There is this incredible trick on how to add eyelashes to your subjects eye. Eyes are incredibly important to get right when editing imagery for beauty, its the first place people will look at. Adding lashes are simply great to create fuller volume and complete the look.
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I have to mention the beauty of Infinite Color Panel, while i feel choosing colour tones of imagery is something i constantly feel the need to work on. This extension for Adobe Photoshop as been a total game changer and exactly what i needed to give imagery the finishing touch.

Big thanks to my wonderful dedicated team involved for this setup
Hair & Make up artist: Charli X BOI
Models: Robyn Blessie & Tuscany Rhys.

Image content can also be previewed on Bechance profile here.