Shot Breakdown and Image by Ewan Phelan
This shot was actually one taken from multiple angles. Giving a different feel with each one. But with this one, I really wanted to play with the idea of not knowing where her hand is.
Often asked how do I get my clients to do the things they do in photos, the answer is that they aren't actually doing anything. In this photo, her underwear is half way up her thighs and she is holding it between her legs. But by shooting it from this angle, the viewer is forced to ask themselves the question: What is she doing with her hand?
I added to this question, but having her arch up as much as she can creating a space between the couch and her back. She couldn't create enough of an arch for me, so I asked her to try to go onto the top of her head, rather than using her shoulders for the arch. This also helped to lift her chin further in the air. I asked her to breathe through her mouth to relax her jaw, to give that feeling of movement. This all adds to the effect of the theme of this photo.
I used shadows to hide what you would otherwise see at the bottom of the frame, but by still having that area there, it provides the question of what aren't we seeing? Will we see something in the next frame? Is there a photo that we aren't seeing that shows more that only the client received?
This was shot with natural light coming from the left of the frame, about two feet above the client. I exposed for the highlights of her face and body. I wanted to have a rich feel to the photo, so I converted it to black and white, creating a deeper shadow.
Model: NIKON Df
Lens (mm): 50