These images of Knoxville model Dekilah were made during a studio session in 2009. I think she looks remarkably like Audrey Hepburn, and I wanted to recreate some of the style of the classic movie studio publicity photographs from when Hepburn was at the peak of her career (fifties and early sixties).
For this first shot I used my 1956 Rolleiflex Automat loaded with Kodak BW400CN C41 film, and lit with two softboxed strobes in a simple main and fill configuration. This is a classic lighting setup which, along with the rendering of the 60 year old Tessar lens, gives the image the pleasingly vintage character we were looking for.
For the colour shots, I used a Sinar P 4×5 view camera with a 210mm Caltar lens. Film stock was expired Fuji Astia which renders skin tones beautifully without being overly saturated like some other transparency films, and was perfect for the look I wanted. The lighting setup was identical to the black and white Rolleiflex image.
All in all it was a very successful shoot, and we both got images we could proudly display in our portfolios. Dekilah is a great to work with and comes highly recommended by everyone that has done so. She can be contacted through her Facebook page.
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