Varsity Halloween fashion

Halloween is just around the corner, earlier this week I met up with Meg Honigmann, Hannah May Parlett, Alice Blow and Grace Ding to do a fashion photoshoot at St John’s College. Meg and Hannah had found a nice selection of clothes and props for us to use.

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Grace Ding sitting in front of the window, lit by one flash from the left side.
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To provide a better frame for Grace we decided to photograph through the window. Here the photo has been desaturated but for her eyes and lips.
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Alice Blow photographed against one of the old doors in a St John’s student room.
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For most of the photos we only used one flash with a snoot on to restrict the light to a narrow cone.
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Grace back at the window. Her hands have now been painted white, so no need to desaturate the photo. I feel the first photo was stronger though.
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Side lighting the face brings out a lot of detail in the mask.
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Halloween themed make-up on Alice.
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Here we were shooting the flash through a dress with holes in it which gives the patterns on the wall. The picture is overexposed which makes the black lips and red blood stand out more.
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Grace and Alice in the window, lit by one flash from the left.
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We then moved outside to do a few more photos. Here we are cross lighting Alice which also lights up the wall behind her.
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A closeup detail of the mask.
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Putting away the flash for a moment and using the wall mounted lamp as light source.
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Back to flash again.
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Many thanks to Meg, Hannah, Grace and Alice for a fun photoshoot at St John’s College.

To see more fashion photoshoots, see the fashion tag on the blog.

— Johannes

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