April 2021 // The Travel Edition

How I Got the Shot | Vanessa Joy


Bubble gum and the pastel colors of the shoot cry out for something bright and cheery, so there was plenty of light in this shot. I also went with one of my favorite models, Nikki (instagram.com/nik_lovins, whose wedding I also photographed). She has such a great personality and I knew she’d help me bring this shoot to life. I used a Profoto white Beauty Dish with a grid and a diffuser. A Lastolite Triflector reflected the light back up into my model’s face to fill in some shadows. A couple of Profoto D1s rounded out the lighting setup. My Canon EOS R5 with an RF 85mm F 1.2 L lens was used to take the photos. It was a lot of fun letting my creative side out, and I was soon ready to move on to the lipstick shot. For the bubble gum photo, it was all about getting the bubble as big as we could, and then shooting a bunch of different expressions. The Canon EOS R5 had no problem locking onto my model’s eyes and face and letting me shoot plenty of expressions without missing a beat. Previously, if I was using one of my DSLRs and the older EF 85mm 1.2 L lens, I likely wouldn’t have had as easy of a time as I do now with the combination of the mirrorless camera’s autofocus tech and the newer RF 85mm fast-focusing lens.

My settings for the shot were: ISO: 100

Aperture: 6.3 Shutter: 1/250

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