Empress – Tantalum Magazine

This editorial appeared in Issue 71 of Tantalum Magazine. 

In this editorial I found myself drawn to a very simple lighting setup and a quiet mood. The clothing would be black and somewhat mysterious, and therefore an elaborate lighting setup would likely draw away from the quiet mystery of the scene.

While the lighting, clothing and background would be darker and lower key, the model's thick blonde hair and pale skin would help create a stark contrast in tones. We selected simple makeup with a lot of texture and wave to the hair to create drama befitting of the lighting and clothing.

For lighting I went with Westcott Zeppelin 47'' deep parabolic umbrella which produced a gorgeous light. Using both pieces of diffusion material allowed me to have soft light on the model, yet use of the deep parabolic gave me more dramatic fall-off and more focused light. Instead of letting the background become black, I allowed some light to spill on the grey background to give a subtle separation between the subject and the seamless.

I utilized a combination of the Sigma 24-105mm 4.0 and Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 which allowed me to capture both full length and tighter shots to give visual diversity to the editorial.

Thanks again to my great team for joining me for this shoot!

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Canon 5D Mark III

Sigma 70-200mm 2.8

Sigma 24-105mm 4.0

Westcott Zeppelin 47'' Parabolic Umbrella

Savage Seamless Paper (9ft) Fashion Gray


OnOne Perfect B&W

Adobe Lightroom 5

Photoshop Creative Cloud


Model / Gintare @ One Model Management

Stylist / LSC Styling @ 4 Seasons Style Management

Assisted by Lakiesha Kearney, Meron Bekele, Cappie Pondexter

Hair and Makeup / Griselle Rosario

Photo Assistants / Steven Turner, Sydney Pensky