At 7pm the night before this shoot, while I was in Truro celebrating a family birthday, I received a text message from Aperture Studios saying that there was a power outage in their area. My first reaction was to postpone the whole thing, giving the team enough notice, but my husband suggested to call NS power to check if it was going to be back on before the shoot. They said it would be, and that only the Foggy Goggle on Argyle was still out. I let the team know that it was still a go and I would see them in the morning, therefore putting the power outage at the back of my mind.
When we arrived to a dark hallway and dark studio, I suddenly regretted not double checking with NS power… All of my ideas for lighting this shoot went out the window, and I was trying to figure out what we were going to do in a dark studio with 2 speedlights.
Luckily, Athenaïs and her mom were staying at a nearby hotel so she was able get ready in their room. While Alaura and Felicia headed back with them to do make up and hair, I was trying to think of ways to use my 2 speedlights to create something interesting. But after taking apart one of the studio’s beauty dishes to try and figure out if and how to connect it with a speedlight and with what parts (which I haven’t attempted before), I gave up and decided to go outside. In case any photographers were wondering, the beauty dish is back in one piece, safe and sound.
Carlyn and I walked around the Barrington/Prince St block to find interesting backgrounds, trying not to head too far as it was definitely chilly outside and none of us had obviously planned on being outdoors for any length of time. We found a few spots and hoped that Athenaïs would be up for shooting in the cold (it was lightly snowing). Personally, I think working with a model in the cold is asking a lot, and I always feel guilty for putting them outside in winter. Not only do they have to pretend like they aren’t actually freezing, they have to be in heels. On ice and snow.
During the shoot, we were informed that the power would be back on around 12pm (which of course was when another photographer was booked to arrive). So we shot 2 looks, one of which was picked by Alaura (MUA) who matched the lip colour to the burgundy jacket. (Excellent choice!)
12pm arrived, Athenaïs and her mom had just walked out the door to go back to their hotel, and the lights turn on. Good timing right? It was all just my luck. We were then informed that the next photographer cancelled because of the power outage. So, we could have shot in the studio, with my original lighting plan, with another look… but I suppose my setup idea will just have to wait for another time.
However, I think despite the power outage and my lack of knowledge of rigging equipment, we got some killer shots.
MUA: Alaura Timmons – https://www.facebook.com/makeupbyalaura
Hair: Felicia Carson – https://www.facebook.com/FeliciaCarsonsHairPortfolio
Model: Athenaïs Testi – https://www.facebook.com/AthenaisModel
Assistant: Carlyn Shaw