Derrick Monis | A shoot with Sade: First blog post of 2018

A shoot with Sade: First blog post of 2018

April 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hey guys! I've never did a blog post on my website before, so this will be my first! Reading so many articles about how all photographers should keep a consistent flow of posting blogs about their projects and stuff motivated me to start getting more serious about creating more content for my website :)

For this first blog, I will write about my recent shoot with Sade.

I met Sade (pronounced "Sha-day") through my co-worker Crysta (Instagram Crysta had a recent shoot of Sade and she showed me all of her images from that shoot! When I looked at them, I immediately said, "Wow I'd totally wanna shoot her too!" 

One random day, probably a couple weeks after, I decided to DM Sade's Instagram to ask her if she wanted to do a shoot with me. Sade explained that Crysta's photoshoot was actually her first time being photographed. I've shot inexperienced models before so I told her that she didn't have to worry because I'll carefully direct her through the poses and expressions.

I confirmed with Sade about week before our shoot day. She then told me that Dhyana from @faceartbeauty was doing her make-up for our shoot! I was so stoked because I've never been able to photograph Dhyana's make-up before. I normally work with her only during when we have wedding gigs together - and pretty much all those times, I was shooting video. Not photo.

Finally the day of our scheduled shoot came & Sade actually bought a couple outfits from Victoria's Secret. Unfortunately, she forgot one of them at home so we decided to use one of the outfits I already had in the studio along with the other one-piece she bought. 

Surprisingly, Sade's a natural in modeling! She definitely knew how to move on her own & all I had to do was direct her throughout the expressions I wanted her to convey. One thing I did different for this shoot was to have her focus more on emotion. I'd say directions like, "If you feel beautiful, you'll look beautiful." Overall, I was so satisfied with this shoot & I look forward to capturing more of Face Art Beauty's make-up artistry!

Equipment Used:

Sony A7Riii + Sony Zeiss Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4

Profoto b1 + 5' Octabox

Window light + V-flats


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