The Storm within

This shoot was another collaboration between me and fashion designer Jenny lee Maas. This was an continuation of an earlier shoot we did together called Princess of the wild. We wanted the same overall style and feel to the images. I have say that with both this shoot and Princess of the wild I made some my favorite images that I’ve ever shot. With every image I shoot the environment is almost just as important to me as the subject! I love when the subject and environment flow together seamlessly and it something I thinking about before every shoot. Theses Images from these shoots are a perfect representation of a style that I am most passionate about making!  

Production Info:

Photographs by: Dan Cuellar

Model: Stormy Jane 

Fashion By: Jenny lee Maas 


Hair & Makeup By: Michele Rachael

Facebook: Dan Cuellar Photography

Shot on location at Valley Forge National Historical Park

How the images were made: 

We used the same location as Princess of the wild, the Valley Forge National Historical Park. I also used the same lighting setup as Princess of the wild. For the images I underexposed the background about 1 stop, but I also wanted to shoot shallow between f/2.8 to f/5.6. I accomplished that by using ND Filters. The filters I used were the Cokin P 153 -2 stop, & P 154 -3 stop solid ND Filters. This allowed for a nice mix of ambient light with the flash. This is also how I got the sky’s to look the way they do. For lighting I used the alien bees B1600 with the Vagabond Mini battery pack. The light modifier used was the Paul C Buff large octabox. I had the light placed slightly above aiming down and feathered almost away from Stormy to create the shadowy look.

Strobist info: 

Camera: Canon eos 6d 

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L USM II 

Lens Filter: Conkin P 153 -2 stop & P 154 -3 stop solid ND Filters. 

Camera Settings

Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec

aperture: f / 2.8 - f /5.6 

ISO: 100 


Flash unit: AlienBees b1600

Battery: Vagabond Mini Battery Pack

Modifier: Paul C Buff Large Octabox

Power setting: 1/4 to 1/32 power