Starting a new feature on the blog today. I’m calling it The Dockett Disposition.
I’m using it to talk about my latest shoots, my experience with models, and the thought process’ I used to reach the final images. I hope that some of you find this insightful.
The Dockett Disposition: Ashley Brielle
Simply put Ashley was great to work it. I reached out to her to test long before we actually scheduled a shoot. I like to find a theme/look for each model; something I can think of as unique to our experience together. Truth be told, after reviewing her portfolio I was a bit intimidated by her versatility. The possibilities were endless; I knew right away she could pull off any look. And that was the problem, I didn’t know how I wanted to shoot her. I couldn’t find focus. I couldn’t properly compile a mood board. What could I do that was unique?
While talking to my talented photographer friend David Crewe (@davidjcrewe) about random crap I came to the conclusion that no matter what we do as artist; as long as we do it our way; follow our vision; it will be inherently unique to us. With this newly found clarity I decided I wanted to shoot some editorial style beauty images and full length fashion.
The MUA had been scheduled, the talented Yvonne (@yvonnewallacema) . She knows a vet and she knows her shit! I was also shooting alongside Charan (@charaningram) , we were both shooting that day assisting each other where needed. I didn’t arrange a stylist for this shoot (something frankly I need to do more) but I trusted Ashley’s style. I suggest trying to get a feel for your model’s style of dress if you don’t have a stylist available. Don’t be afraid to stalk their social media. It can mean providing a little to providing very specific clothing request and direct.
For the first look (editorial beauty) we decided on a clean look. Nothing to distract from her natural beauty and what I thought was her prominent features. I knew I wanted a dark background by not black. So I went with a dark blue background which was later changed to deep purple thanks to the suggestion of retoucher Kateryna Konstantynova. I wanted carve out her cheeks and jaw so I place her between two v-flats; to deepen the shadows in those areas. In retrospect it wasn’t a bad choice however it wasn’t the best choice, so lesson learned. The shot was lit with 1 Profoto D1 using a Mola Demi Soft Lite Reflector (don’t call it a beauty dish) and a single reflector below. To add a bit of the editorial styling to the look I asked Ashley to wear the coat the fur, umm faux fur coat (PETA I know you’re out there) she arrived in. A few clicks later and that’s a wrap for that look.
Ashley has an awesome mix of playfulness and sultriness that bodes well for both end of the fashion photography spectrum, from airy commercial to higher end fashion. The variety and versatility I initially noticed in her port totally makes sense now.
You can follow Ashley on IG @ashleybrielle and Twitter @ashley_brielle
Agency: Dan or Andrea Modelogic Midwest