Photo of the Week 30 July 2013
Congratulations to Hannah Jenny from San Francisco, California for her gorgeous portrait image “Roses in Her Hair.” We had the chance to speak with Hannah, a photographer and student, about her work, this image, and her advice for capturing portraits. Be sure to stop by her portfolio and Flickr to see more images from this shoot and Hannah’s other work!
What type of camera, gear, and equipment did you use to capture the shot? Do you have a title for the image?
I took this photo using a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 85mm f/1.8.
Where was the image taken? How did you plan for this shot?
I took this image in the hills of Palo Alto, California. The model Frosan Baggins and I planned this shoot several weeks in advance around a floral headpiece to submit to open magazine publications. After hair and makeup, we drove into the hills and pinned the roses in her hair in several different arrangements.
Hair was styled by Marcella Robinson and makeup by Shawna Goossens.
Any advice or favorite gear for portrait photography?
My advice for portrait photographers is to focus on capturing an emotion. It’s something I struggle with to this day, and technical skill aside, it is the essence of a good photograph.
My favorite portrait gear is the 85mm f/1.8, which rarely leaves my camera. It is a great and affordable lens. I like shooting outdoors wide open at f/1.8 to achieve a beautiful bokeh effect.
What kind of photography do you enjoy shooting most both for professional and personal photography projects?
I enjoy shooting fashion portraiture, although architecture comes pretty close!
Who are some of your favorite photographers that you draw inspiration from?
Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, Kristian Schuller, and Lara Jade
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