Photos from my Masquerade Ball Promo shoot are up on my other site: Masquerade Ball @ The Vintage | Brent Pennington: Photographer. Thankfully they came out similar to my pre-visualization, and much better than the terrible sketch I’d made. Although I attribute that mainly to the models – Kelly and the two Joes – who did a great job. We definitely captured the right feeling for the event.
In about two weeks I’ll be back at The Vintage for the ball itself, shooting portraits of the masked attendees and then some general event coverage. I’m planning on about the same setup, except with a backdrop. The lights will probably stay the same, and probably with the same gels on them, since that worked out so well. The gels are really what kicked the lighting up the necessary notch – the color adds some drama and is much more interesting than just plain white light.
In addition to the group shots, we setup a couple with just Kelly, in her mask and reading an old book. It’s more of a simple, detail shot that differs from the others. I try to remember to do that during each gig I shoot, as it’s almost always beneficial. At the very least it gives the client and/or model a different look to use, and more often it can lead the whole shoot down another path to some more successful images. At any rate, I really like this shot – it’s quiet and simple, and sometimes that’s all a photo needs to be:
More to come!