Here at Fstoppers we have featured the fascinating talent of Simeon Quarrie before as he takes what could be an ordinary shoot and turns it into the extraordinary. Back in July we featured his behind the scenes video of a pre-wedding shoot staged in the rain and in May we shared with you how he goes above and beyond to put together a finished video product the same day that the clients can watch during the wedding reception. Today, I was fascinated yet again while watching the behind the scenes video of Simeon on a maternity shoot.
Simeon decribes the shoot in his own words. "After having a brainstorm with new team member Marta, I settled on the theme, 'A day in the life of a pregnant couple'. We decided to use a studio due to the space and flexibility that we required. I needed a studio that could be transformed into a home environment. We would also needed to simulate different times of day. The studio we chose had blinds to reduce the light, though I decided instead to use high powered strobes and under expose the ambient natural light."
Because the shoot took place in a studio rather than a house the team had to get creative with some props including making a bed. "One scene that I wanted to create was a bedroom scene. Naturally we didn't bring a bed to the shoot as it would involved hiring a van. Instead we decided to build one out of poly boards. These are normally used as flags to block or bounce light." On another scene one of the assistants actually stuffed a pillow up her shirt in order to sit in as a student during a pregnancy breathing class.
His concepts are remarkable, his execution flawless. In the last couple minutes of the video you can see the photos from the shoot. From studying the video it appears that Simeon is shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II and using a ProFoto Air System to trigger a series of ProFoto lighting setups. Thanks Simeon for yet another great behind the scenes video we could share with our readers here on Fstoppers.