Film Noir is defined by high contrast lighting, intrigue and dangerous women.
I love Film Noir photoshoots because of the intense lighting, dramatic make-up and the how my clients ooze sex in front of the camera. This is not the kind of shoot for girls, it is built to celebrate the beauty and power that Women have within. All our clients were excited to explore a more secretive side and really played into the characters we were creating.
Dark lips, rich texture and an aura of mystery
Texture was extremely important in this kind of shoot and I loved contrasting the smooth satin against the texture of fur and the leaves of the flowers. Although the set was originally designed to be in black and white, the pigment of the cushions combined so beautifully, we decided to keep some images in color. The set was inspired by the orient and the complex lighting of old hollywood films, in which I’ve had a fascination with since I was a young.
When Lighting is Done Right
In a Film Noir Inspired shoot you need a minimum of 3 lights, each circling the model to bring out a different highlight and place the perfect shadow. For this shoot, I used 4 lights to really bring out the depth in the set design. When the light hits a face just right, the transformation of the model into a vintage hollywood film star is incredible. I’ve been doing the Film Noir lighting set-up, in one way or another, for 15 years and I just love the challenge it provides. To find the balance between shadows and highlights can be tricky – one tilt of a model’s face in the wrong direction can turn an angel into a devil.
What Can be Created with a Great Team
Every client has the option to keep their photos private, but we are lucky that a few clients were generous enough to let us share them. The importance of working with a great hair stylist & make-up artist in a professional photoshoot, especially with the Film Noir styling, is without question. Its amazing what can be created when you work with a great beauty team and your clients have complete trust.
Make-Up Artist: Christelle Souverbie
Hair Stylist: Alexandra Apple
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