For the July 2015 cover of Study Breaks, I got an unusual request. The magazine has spent much of 2015 going through a bit of an overhaul, and this was the first issue featuring the new editorial staff. Mark, the new editor, wanted a high key image featuring the winner of the Study Breaks Swimsuit Cover Contest, Jessica Delgado. We were able to work out permission with Rio, a high end bottle service bar on west 6th Street. The two story club features a pool on the roof, which provided an ideal location and a super classy setting. Ian, the graphics designer, and I worked out a concept that we thought might work and sketched out a quick shot list based on the theme.
For the shoot, I used two AB800s with grid spots as backlights coming in on either side of the model from behind and an Einstein E640 with a diffused beauty dish for the main coming in above and in front of the camera position. We set up a diffusion panel to the model’s left to block direct sunlight coming in from the sun just over the tops of the buildings.
For the image itself, I used a higher ISO and opened up the aperture. I also let some of the rim light bleed into the camera lens to give a “foggy” appearance and add to the effect of being in the pool.
We duplicated the look for the interior editorial using the Rio's staff bartenders as well.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 70-200mm F2.8L at 200mm
F/4, 1/125sec, ISO 640
Styling: Karinna Lopez
Hair and makeup provided by the model
Model: Jessica Delgado
Location: Rio Lounge rooftop pool in Austin, TX
Click here to see the entire Austin edition of this issue.
Thanks, and feel free to ask me any questions about the shot.