The "Anti-Vanilla" Shoot // West Loop Photography

So what on earth does "Anti-Vanilla" mean? Well, I am glad you asked :) I met with Brittany (the model) a few weeks back and I was asking her a handful of questions about our upcoming shoot. This is customary as I want to make sure that my shoot doesn't stink and I miss the mark on what my client wants.

So Brittany shows me her comp card and says that she wants to do something "different," something a bit more "edgy" than she is used to. I take a look at her card and say "these images are very nice and Vanilla." So we brain storm a bit more about a theme and the phrase "Anti-Vanilla" comes out of my mouth. We both liked it and off we went.

Here are a few images from our shoot. I love this industrial area in the West Loop. It had the perfect look and feel of what Brittany wanted. I had a really great time with Brittany. She is a very professional young lady and came to the shoot with ideas and energy. I also want to thank Oscar, my art-school homeboy, and assistant for the day. It was pretty rad working together with him. [gallery size="large" columns="1" orderby="title"]

This last image was pure gangsta' fun. I am glad that Brittany and Oscar were willing to pose with me.

Lightroom Preset Download I created a preset for this last image. I thought this image would be perfect for a thug/edgy/desaturated look. Give it a try and let me know how you used this preset. Download the "Anti-Vanilla" preset for Lightroom

The Set-Up

  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon Sb-800 used in slave mode
  • Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 lens
  • Tokina 14-24mm f/4 lens (I love this lens)
  • Alien Bee 400 powered by The Vagabond II
  • Medium Softbox
  • Pocket Wizard (2)
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