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I met Misty through a mutual friend - a makeup artist I knew... I was hired to do an editorial shoot - for wedding dresses - and the dress maker had hired my makeup artist friend to work on the shoot. When their normal photographer cancelled last minute, I was hired as a replacement. The dress maker was focusing on women who were getting married the 2nd time (or 3rd or 4th - LOL - come on! It is Hollywood after all!). She wanted a model who wasn't in her early 20's. She wanted "a real woman". Misty was asked if she wanted to do the shoot. I met her on the set - which had changed from a studio to my studio. After a dozen or so green screen shots the art director for the shoot decided that my bedroom - where I was letting the dresses and makeup and Misty do their work before coming down the hall to my studio to shoot - was the perfect place for some shots. I am a bit of an antiques nut. My bed - it usually gets a lot of attention when people see it. It's an authentic, solid mahogany, hand-carved Louis XV rococo bed. Close to 400 years old. It's truly breathtaking. For the first time in the history of my work I actually allowed my bed to be used as a "prop". _______ A key element of working with models that have such strong facial features is soft light. Soft light wraps around a subject. It blends and casts shadows with soft edges. I used 5 lights to light this scene. Key and Fill - your main light is your Key light. Your fill light is for contrast. Edge Light - to create separation from the subject and background. Back Light - also used to create separation - but is more broad than an edge light. Edge lights are often used to cast a little light on a single element (in a composition without people) or just a single body part. Background Light - this is used to put light on the actual background - so the contents of the world around the subject can be seen. _______ Focus - I used a very shallow depth of field on purpose - this is called "selective focus". Our brains want to make sense of any visual information we come across. When you look at a photo or if you are watching a movie, etc... if the main subject of the composition is the only part of the frame that is in focus, you eye is automatically drawn to it - unless there is movement in the background (which movement trumps focus in our brains) - of course movement only applies to movies, video, etc... I chose to put the model in focus and not the background because the background doesn't matter. The model and more specifically, her dress, matters.