I'd long wanted to work with the UK-based model, gymnast & dancer Anna Rose. I finally got chance earlier this year. She has the most extraordinary physique and control of her dynamic movement, as well as a dancer's inner vision of what makes an interesting shape.
Anna suggested the original variant of those pose; I suggested a few refinements. We must have tried it about a dozen times, refining the lighting slightly after each shot.
Lighting: Gridded 120cm octa camera left, feathered across the model & off the backdrop
Gridded strip camera right, angled downwards
Gridded beauty dish camera right below the stripbox to continue the highlight down the body. If I had a longer strip box I'd have used that instead.
7" dish bouncing off a white reflector on the floor to light the face & provide a little fill.
Post: Tidy & extend the background & a little bit of skin & contrast work, but really very little indeed. I think the simplicity of this image doesn't need much work.
I've deliberately left some texture in the backdrop. I've altered it a little but I think the image is stronger for looking less perfect.
I actually prefer a 1:1.44 vertical crop but I've kept it square as it looks so much better in thumbnails.