It's no secret that I LOVE film shot in studio. The simplicity is just so beautiful to me. So when I saw these images by Nebraska photographer Taura Horn, I know I had to share them.
Read below as Taura share a bit about the session and her lighting set up.
About the Session
For Amalia's session with her children Bastian and Poppy, I had a specific vision of how I wanted to style and shoot it, from the color palette and lighting, but I really wanted to give her some of her own time in front of the camera.
I feel like a lot of moms come to shoots and don't really want their photos taken and just want me to focus on their children because they think they don't look good enough, or they feel guilty for taking time up for themselves. So you have to give them some space, literally, to just be women and not moms for a little bit. Make Dad or Grandma or a babysitter take the kids for the morning while she gets her hair and makeup done, and we get to make some beautiful photos of her by herself. She deserves to see proof of herself as a beautiful woman, and her kids deserve to look back when they're older and be able to see her as someone who has a life and energy while still being their caretaker. So this first half of the session is really important!
By the time the kids get there, mom is relaxed, I'm warmed up, and we're ready for the controlled chaos of working with kids in the studio! I was really pleased that Amalia trusted me with every aspect of her session, from how she would be styled, to how I'd dress Bastian and Poppy. These two share a birthday, and their photos were taken about at Poppy's first birthday and Bastian's fourth birthday to celebrate!
About The Set Up
I used a Mamiya 645afd with 80 2.8 lens, and generally shoot Kodak Portra 400 between 2.8-4f.
My lighting set up varies between simple and "how did I do that again??", using a 5' Bowens Octobox with white seamless.
Most of the times (and for a few of these) I position it facing the subject, simple and beautiful.
For some of these (you can tell which ones) and when I want super soft light I bounce it off one of the white walls of my studio and use the natural light from the sliding door behind me to soften it even more, and the window up behind the subject with the light that is bounced off the white house next door gives some hair light. I used a black v-flat camera right to the subject.
I love to play with lighting, you can get such subtly different looks with small changes. (It actually took me a while to figure out how to shoot in the crazy space, though it seems obvious now! )