Lens: Voigtlander color-skopar 35mm f2.5
Camera: NEX-7, ISO100, f2.8, 1/200, raw
Ultra busy day, today, I went to the office and then I had two different photo shootings, maternity portraits in the late afternoon, and editorial shots for a magazine at night. Since I can’t tell you much about the latter (besides that it is awesome and it was super fun to shoot), I’ll focus on the first one, the maternity portraits.
The girl’s name is Eva, she’s a friend of one of our most loyal customers, and came to us after she saw the maternity portraits we took of her friend. We met at Villa Ada, the second largest public garden in Rome, one hundred and eighty hectares of meadows and woods.
Working at Roman big public gardens puts me always in a good and relaxed mood. The air was warm, a gentle breeze was blowing, and we found repair from the sun (and it’s strong light, not soothed for portraits of soon-to-be mothers) under the many majestic trees of the park.
Even while working (hard), being at the garden makes me feel like when I used (not too often!) to play hooky and spend the morning laying on the ground, smoking sigarettes and talking about everything with my best friend Filippo (who would always shirk school if asked to).
The same effect seems to work on the models too. Obviously we look for a quiet spot where we can focus on the shoot without being distracted by other people peaking at our activities. It’s not easy to have who’s not used to model to relax and enjoy a photo shoot, and I think that the location plays around fifty percent of the role in setting the right mood. The rest is played by the photographer and his/her assistants. Mine is great, my wife Claudia is a master when it comes to chat with our customers (brides, pregnant women, families, etc.) and put them at ease.
I really, really miss her when she can’t come, but don’t tell her or she’ll start bossing me around 😉