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ANASTASIA KLAFFERT (HEFFNER) TEST SHOOT

For this shoot, I got a chestnut faux suede fabric as my backdrop. I'd been thinking about shooting on other backgrounds other than seamless paper. I love how suede can look so imperfect depending on how you touch and manage it. My hope is that the suede fabric slowly disintegrates and makes for an even more interesting background. 

Model: Anastasia Kleffert
HMU: Anastasia Kleffert
Outfits: Free People, ZARA

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LAYSON GOTTFRIED (NYMM) TEST SHOOT AT EGG STUDIOS

Had an awesome time shooting with Layson!

One thing I realized was just how much I love shooting on film. Shooting on film is so much more enjoyable, not just because of the aesthetic of the end product but because the shooting process feels more relaxed and less like work. Shooting digital feels like work - mechanized, high-pressure, moving quickly to the sound of shutter clicks, the machine-gun barrage of go, go, go. I think the implication of shooting digital is that the relationship between photographer and subject feels more professional and clinical, like there's a clear boundary.

On the other hand, shooting on film feels more intimate, like getting to know someone and not feeling rushed. You're more in tune with the slight movements of the subject because you have to focus and make sure the subject is posing in the most appropriate way. The collaboration feels less hurried and more natural. Knowing that you have a limited number of exposures forces you to slow down and frame each shot with purpose. I believe this slowing down puts the subject at ease and allows them to be more unforced in their poses and expressions.

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FILM (KODAK PORTRA 400)

Anadem Project Portrait Session 6 with Esther Chung

The Anadem Project continues. Jeannie and I took a break because of our own busy schedules but were able to find an opportunity to shoot together again. This time round, we opted for a black seamless background to shake things up and to introduce a deep contrast to the images. Our model was Esther Chung.

Before the shoot.

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After styling:

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