Annabelle

Giving this series a second life . . .

I shot this series way back when I was a natural light photographer and didn’t give a jot about camera settings. It was a much simpler time when all I cared about was the final image.

Annabelle Lyttle - Painterly Portrait Photography by Miu Vermillion

Sometimes, I really want to go back to that mindset . . .

But, then again, may be I can no longer shoot at 1/10 sec without a tripod. The secret? Shoot in live view mode, try to hold the camera very still, inhale, hold your breath, click the shutter, and don’t exhale until the image shows up on the preview screen. (Since shoots like this can last 6+ hours per day, I don’t think it’s a very good idea).

Annabelle Lyttle - Painterly Portrait Photography by Miu Vermillion

The thing is, I don’t like using tripod, or even monopod. I like to move around, shoot from different sides and angles as the models move.Β  It makes everything looks more fluid and natural instead stiff and overly posed.

Adjusting tripod heights, angles, and placements can only slow me down and cause me to loose potentially good shots. Even though you ask the models to do the exact same things they did a few minutes ago, the results are usually not exactly the same. Different mood, different level of spontaneity . . . etc

Annabelle Lyttle - Painterly Portrait Photography by Miu Vermillion

So, now, you know why Profoto B1 is one of my best inanimate friends. They are 100% cordless and can light my work pretty much anywhere. (No oneΒ  is paying me to say this. I just love the monolight flash that much)

Annabelle Lyttle - Painterly Portrait Photography by Miu Vermillion

You might noticed some of these photos from my previous posts, such as: Restless, Phantasm, and Deliriae.

If you are wondering why these images look so different from the previous versions, it’s because – this time – I’m using the less-is-more method to post-process these images.

Annabelle Lyttle - Painterly Portrait Photography by Miu Vermillion

In the past, I felt so guilty when I didn’t spend 30+ minutes to post-process each photo. It’s So, I kept on going and retouched the photo even more even though I didn’t need to. It looks like the extra post-processing ruined the photos . . .

Annabelle Lyttle - Painterly Portrait Photography by Miu Vermillion

Annabelle Lyttle - Painterly Portrait Photography by Miu Vermillion

Annabelle Lyttle - Painterly Portrait Photography by Miu Vermillion

Annabelle Lyttle - Painterly Portrait Photography by Miu Vermillion

Photographer: MIU VERMILLION
Producer: MISS ANIELA
Stylist: LEONID GUREVICH
Make Up Artist: AYA KUDO
Hair Stylist: LORENZO DIAZ using SHULY WIGS
Model: ANNABELLE L.

Dress: VENEXIANA
Coat: PARADOX DESIGNS
Necklace and round ring: CLARA KASAVINA
Purple ring: MIRANDA HOPE
Bracelets: GBGH JEWELRY



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