In my last photoshoot post I talked about the importance of mood in photography. I realize I’ve been using my 50mm for every single shoot I’ve done so far, set to the maximum aperture of f1.8 (I did buy the lens because of this). And while it’s made taking nice images so effortless, it’s also made my shoots look similar. There’s really only so many ways to frame a subject using a 50mm.
So when Ropaa asked me to do a shoot for her and bestie Clarissa, I jumped into it with mood as the priority. For this purpose, I dropped the 50mm and used the only other lens I have: my kit lens. In retrospect, I think it was a good choice because framing the two of them using shorter focal lengths has translated the distance well onto the screen: between their bubble and mine.
Even so, all shoots are ultimately personal. The very act of directing the shoot involves projecting my own friendships on theirs. They had let me in their bubble, even though it’s just enough for a glimpse. And once I’m inside, I take what I see in myself, and reproduce it here, objectivity be damned.
Massive thank you to Ropaa for considering me, and letting me mess up your room pulling out pillows and curtains. And Clarissa for your apartment and the private beach and the Tim Tams. And Andrew for holding the reflector and not being annoyed when I asked you to get your hands out of the shot so many times. And Shubita for being a cool person to hang out with and for helping out with the tripods and reflector. I really thought it would have gone a lot worse than it did, what with half the company being strangers (at first).
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