Tale of the photo-shoot: Noora

Prep work? Naaaaaah, it's not like I tell you how important it is in every single blog post I write about a shoot. Not in this case though, we did very little of it. Noora was in Tallinn for a couple of days and I'm doing currently doing some work at a photography studio so we figured lets take advantage of that, go to the studio and see what happens. I think the only thing we decided beforehand was that Noora needed a hair straightener to straighten her hair. We managed to find one from a friend of mine so I'd say prep work went pretty well.

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein

What came after was pretty simple, we went to the studio and took some pictures. End of story? Well pretty much but as I like writing I'll just tell you some minute details which could be interesting. I haven't shot in the studio a lot, in face the last time I did was two years ago and I was pretty inexperienced at it then so it was quite interesting to give that a try again. I've been working with flashes outside for a while now so a lot of that experience got carried over to the studio and it worked out pretty well. I find the studio to be a really tremendous place to experiment with different styles of light. It's harder to do that outside because of so many other factors like the sun, harsh shadows etc. In the studio it is a controlled environment where you can create light as you please. I think this makes shooting in the studio very unique, you're fully in control on how your photo is lit. That being said, it is harder, at least in my opinion, to tell a story in the studio. When shooting outside you have the help of your location, whether it be a fancy palace or a run down train-yard. This is why I focus a lot of time on location scouts, the setting for the photo-shoot is a key part of giving the image feeling so that it can create emotion in the person viewing it. In the studio I had a white background, it's not much of a setting. This means your models has to do a really good job at expressing an emotion through her pose, her eyes etc. Noora did a really fantastic job at that so I was very lucky. I think the shoot went really well and I'm actually quite excited to shoot in the studio some more. It's something different to what I normally do and I love experimenting with new things! I'll leave you now with one of my favourite photographs from the shoot and I think that the quote I put with it sums up Noora in a nutshell too.

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. - Dalai Lama