Behind the Scenes of an Avant-Garde Hair Shoot

Recently I have been wanting to do an avant-garde hair shoot. I just needed to find the right stylist to work with. A few weeks ago I met Devan Aledia Ford who is a fantastic hair stylist. When I told her about my desire to do a stylized hair shoot, she took the idea and ran with it. She conceptualized a spring-themed, fairytale-inspired shoot. She even styled the wardrobe and did the makeup (never underestimate the power of a great stylist).

My lighting setup was pretty simple. I used four, bare bulb speedlites. As you may notice in the lighting diagram below, I am using the lighting setup that I developed using gaffers tape to shape my main light.

Nick Fancher Columbus ohio photographer

Nick Fancher Columbus ohio photographer

Nick Fancher Columbus ohio photographer

Nick Fancher Columbus ohio photographer

Nick Fancher

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4 Comments

I would not be using a 35mm, still too much distortion for my eye.

Agree

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Maybe it's just me, but this dead-flat lighting that seems to be all the rage right now does nothing for me. Such an elaborate lighting setup just to flatten images?

With a hair shoot, shouldn't a greater depth of field, in order to keep all of the hair in focus, be a requirement?

I really like these lighting diagrams at the end of the sample photos. They really spell things out quicker than a thousand words. Thanks!

nice job, thanks for showing us the lighting setup, its very informative.