RTP Photography (Flickr: http://goo.gl/FeBrpk, 500px: http://goo.gl/T46lYa) hosted an amazing Dark Fashion Event photo shoot in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 22, 2014. It was the best organized photo shoot event I have ever participated in. There were beautiful models, several make-up artist, stylists, six photographers including myself, and a DJ for the music at a venue in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was so amazing to work with such a diverse group of talented artists. The models were beautiful, talented, and very easy to work with. Posing was effortless as the models brought their own style, attitude, and artistic vibe to each session I had. The wardrobe was stellar and diverse with all types of looks for the models to choose from. RTP Photography really thought out the organization of the event well. Everyone involved was in formed and new exactly what to expect as the day progressed. There were five designated shooting areas within the venue for photographers to use for photo sessions with models. Each venue offered a different look and vibe which was excellent. Photographers were on a timed schedule to work with a model and then rotate out the model to work with someone else. After one or two sessions, a photographer could move around to a different area with their lighting equipment to work with a model at that new shoot location. I had my two Alien Bee B800 strobes with me, but after assessing the layout of the shooting locations I decided to work with my speedlights since they are more portable than moving around strobes within the venue. My lighting options consisted of the following:
Since I was indoors I was confident that the Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System) would be more than enough to light my subjects. Nikon CLS works very well indoors, but it is dependent upon line of sight with the speedlights to function which could become an issue if you have to orient your camera in a certain way that disrupts the line of sight between the SU-800 Commander and the sensor on the side of the speedlight. The reliance upon line of sight and use of infrared signals is one of the few drawbacks of using Nikon CLS unfortunately. With practice, it is possible to learn to adapt to the limitations of Nikon CLS and employ the technology effectively with little problems. I was able to work the entire event with just one speedlight on most occasions and at times two speedlights along with my umbrellas.
Below is a group shot of some of the models that participated in the event.
Model: Meredith Brown, MUA: Marisa Ocampo Rhoades, Hair Stylist: Crystal Ortiz
Model: Hannah Smith, MUA: Marissa Ocampo Rhoades, Hair Stylist: Crystal Ortiz
Model: Jenn Ryan, MUA: Tiffany Beckler, Hair Stylist: Tiffany Beckler
Model: Zoe Power, MUA: Jen Mathias, Stylist: Jen Mathias
Model: Alicia Link, MUA: Danielle Billingsley, Stylist: Cori Lee
Model: Emily Granito, MUA: Danielle Billingsley, Hair Stylist: Jen Mathias
Model: Annabel Lee, MUA: Marissa Ocamp Rhoades. Hair Stylist: Crystal Ortiz
Model: Lady Saranade, MUA: Tiffany Beckler, Hair Stylist: Tiffany Beckler
Model: Por Cel Ain, MUA: Krista Massey MUA, Hair Stylist:
Model: MissBliss Floccare, MUA: Jen Mathias, Hair Stylist: Jen Mathias
One piece of equipment I wish I owned was a light meter. I've used light meters before in the studio so I'm well aware of their advantages. Several of the photographers in attendance had light meters with them which allowed them to setup their shots much faster within the first one or two shots. I normally had to take three to four shots to get my lighting how I wanted it to look before proceeding to work with a model. The light meter would have helped me in working more efficiently with the models because we were timed as to how long we could shoot with each model before the model had to rotate to work with a different photographer. It was a pleasure to work with everyone involved. The models were very professional and talented at posing as well as taking the occasional direction in posing.
Below is a group shot of 4 of the photographers that participated in the event.
From left to right: Natasha Johnson, Rodney Boles, Tom Winstead, and Dina Maria. Eric H. Adeleye and RTP Photography are not in this photograph.
All of the photographers at the event are Nikon shooters which was surprising. Most times when I am at an event I'm the lone photographer with a Nikon camera. Rodney Boles was shooting with the Fujifilm X-T1 which is an awesome camera. I was very impressed by the size and feel of the Fujifilm X-T1, I will probably buy one in the future as a walk around camera and use it for some street photography.
RTP Photo's Dark Fashion Event was a tremendous success all around in every way. I learned a lot from the photographers, models, and artists who participated in the event. The event also served as an excellent opportunity to network with my peers and observe them in action too.
Visit my blog later to view some of the work from this photography event.
For more information about the participants in the event, visit the links below. Thank you.
Eric Adeleye Photography
Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/EricAdeleyePhotography
Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/rtpphotography
Natasha Johnson Photography
Rodney Boles Photography
Tom Winstead Photography
Dina Maria Photography
Model: Lady Saranade
Model: Brianna Ann
Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/796498
Model: Meredith Brown
Model: Hannah Smith
Model: Jenn Ryan
Model Mayheh: http://www.modelmayhem.com/105382
Model: Zoe Power
Model: Alicia Link
Model: Emily Granito
Model: Annabel Lee
Model: Por Cel Ain
Model: MissBliss Floccare
MUA: Marissa Ocampo
MUA & Hair Stylist: Tiffany Beckler
MUA: Danielle Billingsley
MUA: Krista Massey Mua
Hair Stylist: Crystal Ortiz
Hair Stylist: Cori Lee
Hair Stylist: Jen Mathais