November 10, 2014 –
Monday night I took a short drive to Stellar Photography Studios in Fort Lauderdale. Cesar Montada arranged model Apple Littlefield for a powder shoot. Cesar would spend most of the shoot throwing baking flour on and at Apple in a wide variety of ways. Needless to say it was quite messy.
The charming Apple Littlefield is strikingly tall and lean, extremely friendly, and easy to work with. Even in these unusual conditions she issued not a single complaint and was cheery throughout. Apple is very experienced and professional. It was a joy working with her and I look forward to shooting her again soon.
The studio currently uses Alien Bee strobes and a variety of softboxes. There is plenty of room in the studio and several different backdrops to choose from. Cesar also picks out good, energetic music for the shoots. He did a great job setting up the lighting equipment, advising the model and photographers, and still had to clean up all the powder afterwards.
For this shoot I used my trusty Canon Rebel T3i and 24-105mm f/4 lens. I also borrowed a Pocket Wizard from Cesar to trigger the strobes. The powder increased the degree of difficulty for the shoot. A few times the flour projected right at and on the camera, which was not very good. Since this was my first time shooting powder, it took a few minutes before I realized what look and what magnitude and vectors of powder I wanted. It was creatively challenging, which I greatly enjoyed. There were 3-4 wardrobe changes and a few more “get the flour out of the eyes” breaks for Apple. She was a trooper! In the end I think I got several great shots. I’m looking forward to my next shoot at Stellar.