Today’s project was shooting Mandy Heng’s Red Dress competition entry for the Fashion Forward Festival being held on Paddington 7th of May, 2010. We had Biljana Alavanja modelling the gorgeous dress with fashion designer Bojana Zjacic doing the hair & makeup for the shoot. One incomplete feature of the dress not attached during the shoot is a 2 metre long train containing a mosaic of the red Aids ribbon with images of models and graphics relating to the theme. We did a models against aids shoot the week before with about 15 models and additional graphics were created during the week. We used a freeware program called Andrea Mosaic written by Andrea Denzler to construct the mosaic. The material used for the train is Jacquards 16mm Silk Habotai purchased from Giclee Media Supplies in Victoria and the mosaic printed on it via my Epson 7800.
The shoot location was Mandy Heng’s newly built & empty garage workshop/studio at fashion designer Mandy Heng’s residence. For a clean look I decided to use their bare off-white walls as the background instead of a paper roll or fabric background – my white paper background is too short for the dress and fabric backgrounds always have the problem of creases. I wanted to isolate the light from the background to darken it and add more emphasis on the model so used a large 27inch gridded beauty dish on the right. For fill I used a Paul Buffs 86″ silver PLM umbrella on the left. For the hair light I attached a Canon 550EX bare with Yong Nuo RF-602 receiver and mid shoot also added additional fill using a Canon 580EX and white shoot through umbrella. Majority of post process including skin touch ups and removal of the floor skirting in the background.