This is one of my first full on, black and white only photo shoot. Where I set my camera to black and white and set up my lighting and posing from that starting point. Personally I've noticed a lot of black and white photography is primarily done with one light, I've been using two. I have my main profoto d1 either to the left or right of the model with my Fotodiox 4' Softbox and a second d1 behind me high above and over my head with an umbrella, I'm thinking about adding a third light as a hair light to get that more cinematic 3 light look.
This is Estephania, this is her first shoot exploring herself and her comfortability. We first did a simple white over the shoulder sweater with no bra on so she can get the feel of being somewhat topless and not show anything. Then we gradually moved on to completely topless and we used her hair to further cover her and help her feel more comfortable. She did amazing for her first implied nude shot and these are the results of that shoot.
My father passes away when I was around 9 years old so growing up my mother, aunt and grandmother were basically the ones who raised me. My grandfather and uncle were never to fond of me so the never really engaging in my life, also my dad's side of the family stopped talking to me when I was around 12 so I never really had much family growing up and it was difficult for me to want to socialize. The little family I did have always spent Thanksgiving and Christmas making fun of my height and weight and as a result from it I felt very self-conscious just for being alive, I would always feel alone and like I didn't matter. When I turned 21 I switched gears, I needed to care and love myself without the approval of friends or family. I matter to me and that's all that is important now. When my mindset changed so did my confidence in being myself and talking to people. I feel that because those 3 women were basically the only family and people who cared about me, I now predominately photograph women, I want to do for my clients what my little family did for me. To show them they are beautiful, they are awesome, they do matter and it's an amazing feeling to watch them come out of the session with so much confidence in themselves. That what I do this for, to show how beautiful they truly are and don't even need something like clothes do define them, just their character and their soul which is also why I shoot more on the implied/nude side when I can, to really show them.
Gear: Camera - Sony A7II Lenses - 28-70mm and a 50mm prime. Lighting 2 Profoto D1 Air 500 Light meter Sekonic Light meter