The Maid of the Mist! - DO HARD SHIT!!!!

It's important as a photographer to constantly try things that challenge you! I try and fail at things all the time.... All the time.. But it's in those failures where you learn how to handle new challenges. This shoot was one of those times where I challenged myself and my past failures allowed me to succeed. This shoot was another one for fashion designer Jenny Lee Maas. The dresses Jenny made for this shot were inspired by waterfalls. So naturally we decided to do the shoot in a Waterfall. 

Production Info:

Photographs by: Dan Cuellar

Model: Rachel Johnston

Agency: Reinhard Model and Talent Agency

Fashion By: Jenny lee Maas 

Hair & Makeup By: Michele Rachael

Facebook: Dan Cuellar Photography

Shot on location at Glen Onoko falls in Jim Thorpe, PA

How the images were made:

We decided that glen onoko falls in Jim Thorpe, PA  was the best location for this shoot because the waterfall was really accessible. Doing a photo shoot in a waterfall is really challenging. It’s loud, slippery, and water & electronic equipment don't mix well… You cannot just place the model, lights, and your self wherever you want. With every setup we had to really think about where the model, lighting, and myself were going to be in order to get the shots I was looking for. I wanted the images to have a moody / darker style them so I underexposed the background about 1-2 stops. I also wanted to shoot shallow between f/2.8 to f/5.6. I accomplished that by using an ND Filter. The filter I used was the Cokin P 153 -2 stop stop solid ND Filter. This allowed for a nice mix of ambient light with the flash. 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.

setup

Strobist info: 

Camera: Canon eos 6d 

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L USM II 

Lens Filter: Conkin P 153 -2 stop solid ND Filter

Camera Settings

Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec

aperture: f / 2.8 - f /5.6 

ISO: 100 

Lighting

Flash unit: AlienBees b1600

Battery: Vagabond Mini Battery Pack

Modifier: Paul C Buff Large Octabox

Power setting: 1/2 to 1/8 power  

Stormy Jane | Beach Fashion Shoot.


Sometimes with images you have everything planned out and sometimes you just get lucky. I took a trip to Sea Isle City NJ with one of my photographer friends Amanda Lauran for a fashion shoot with the beautiful Stormy Jane. The weather that day was just awful! We got hit with a pretty epic storm. Luckily it started to clear up around sunset and allowed us to resume shooting. The storm turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the sky had these amazing purple and orange colors that matched the wardrobe we had picked for the shoot perfectly. I want to say that I planned for that to happen but I just got lucky.. 

Production Info:

Photographer & Retoucher: Dan Cuellar

Model: Stormy Jane

Assist: Amanda Lauran

Hair & Makeup: Michele Rachael 

Facebook: Dan Cuellar Photography

Stormy Jane
Stormy Jane
Stormy Jane
Stormy Jane
Stormy Jane

How the images were made: 

Stormy-shoot-lighting-diagram

 

Strobist info: 

Camera: Canon eos 6d 

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L USM II 

Lens Filter: Conkin P153 -2 stop ND Filter. 

Camera Settings

Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec

aperture: f / 2.8

ISO: 400 

Lighting

Flash unit: AlienBees b1600

Battery: Vagabond Mini Battery Pack

Modifier: Paul C Buff Large Octabox

Power setting: 1/4 power