Photography Fun with a Girlfriend

We met when we were 21 years of age in the lobby of the Wilhelmina Models LA office.  We sat there during an open call, right next to each other.  I thought with her exotic looks she was absolutely stunning.  On our way out of the office (after being denied but on the bright side we signed with other agencies), we became fast friends, figuring out the Hollywood life together.

Half Dutch and Israeli, Maayan has one of the most beautiful Hebrew accents.  She came out to visit over New Years week and we hadn’t seen each other face to face for years but it seemed as if we have seen one another every day.

She’s a real estate agent in LA, just closed a nice $5 mil deal with a superstar rapper that we all know.  She models occasionally and one night, I thought, hey let’s do a little shoot around the house.  No fantastic lighting really around but let’s find it around the house and see what we can create together in 15 minutes.

Here’s our little black and white series.  Come to think of it, I’ve never shown you an entire session in B&W.

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The above dark wall images I had her sit against the charcoal wall with a nightstand lamp as the light source.

Then, I pulled the curtain liner in the living room to use as a backdrop and took a few of these…

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Then headed to the dining room, drew my Pottery Barn curtains and had her sit on a stool and make some faces.

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All in good fun.

Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark III / 50mm f/1.2L /85 f/1.4EX.  As a reminder, if you’re a photographer, don’t edit your images to B&W using grayscale.  It’s muddy. Find a proper action or a way to adjust your tones.

Diana Elizabeth says you can still have some fun even with non ideal lighting.  You just need a light source, and a few good expressions!  Have fun no matter what time of the day it is, you don’t need the sun out, it’s just about light so find it!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next creative themed party. She continues to blog weekly.



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