"To keep this a simple as possible I wanted to make something inexpensive prop wise to produce, fun, different from anything in my portfolio, yet still retained my style, and very theme oriented. So I came up with "The Forest Princess". Living in Yokohama Japan, just a bit south of Tokyo, I know that I'm in a unique position.
One day after passing through the 390 yen shop (4$ store... yep we have those!) I noticed some dresses that I thought would be awesome for a shoot. I bought them and some other things for the headdress from the 100 yen shop (1$store.. yeah we have those too!) went home and started sketching some concept ideas and thought about what would work with the dress. The dress was pink and frilly like I would expect the princess form Super Mario Brothers would wear so from that I said "Princess!"
The image you see now was a modified version of one of the sketches. The original sketch had her sitting in the grass. But when I saw this location I thought the log was a better option. The grass in the foreground background and along the log just worked. There were a few spots in the background that looked a bit urban (visible pathway / fence) but it was nothing the clone stamp couldn't handle.
As for lenses I used 2 lenses for this shoot, the Nikon 70 - 200mm f 2.8 ED VR 2 lens and the Sigma 150mm f 2.8 EX DG OS APO macro lens. For the lighting I used one Paul C Buff Einstein with the 47' Octabox and diffuser as my key about 3 feet off to the right side of frame roughly 4 feet up and a sliver reflector bouncing some light back on the log for the accent on the left edge of the frame. It was shot around 5:30 so there was still some light tricking through the trees but I got dark quick." -TD Konkara
Nikon 70-200mm f2.8
d1/80 sec s
Productions Credits :
Photographer / Retoucher : TD Konkara
Model : Haruka Toda
Photo Assistant : Tyler Hope
MUA : Sabrina Sarran