Last week I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful model Hannah Mitsovski. The really exciting thing was the shoot was done completely in artificial light. I love natural light, and my studio and house if filled with great light. In this session I used a combination of continuous lights with big softboxes and flash. So very different to how I usually shoot.

It actually was less of a challenge than I expected. Using quarter power on my on-camera Godox flash provided ample light, enough that I could get Hannah to move as much as possible to create blur. I’m a total sucker for movement and blur in my images, and feel I’m moving away from a very ‘static’ look to my portraits.

Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session

Slowly, I am collecting vintage and vintage-inspired clothing and hats, that Hannah just looked so wonderful in.

Hannah is such a charm to work with and understood the feeling I was aiming for. It is always wonderful to work with model that understands you and your work.

Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session

I’m finding digital images a little too crisp for the images I want to create, so slowing the shutter or getting the model to move, gives me the look I really love. I’m a big fan of Ellen von Unwerth and Herb Ritts, who use/used movement to convey an aura of sensuality and excitement in their images.

Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session

I’m also now adding a small amount of grain in processing to create a timeless, old-world feel. Using Abobe Camera Raw, I have created a couple of pre-sets, refined over many images, to instantly get the feeling I want to convey-a sexy, old-fashioned and moody portrait.

Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session
Hannah Mitsovski Portrait Session

I also took shots with my Instax Mini instant camera, and will post those soon. Hope you enjoy!

Best wishes,

Don Urban

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