I loved working with Kristina from Kristinit for this shoot! But before we dive into the details, let’s start back at the very beginning.
I shot one of Kristina’s beautiful designs 4 years ago and fell in love with the beautiful intricate nature of the dress. I found her on Instagram and started following her and knew I wanted to work with her one day. A short time later, I ended up reaching out to her, to ask if I could borrow some pieces for a passion project I was shooting (back in February) and she graciously provided some! Kristina loved the images I captured so much that she reached out and asked me to shoot her Fall collection. It was such a cool full circle moment and I was very honored when she asked.
I had so much fun putting the concept together for her for this shoot. She wanted it to feel very ’70s socialite, in a very intricate and luxurious setting. So we shot at this house in the Hollywood Hills that I’ve shot at before and was very familiar with. I knew it would work great for this shoot with the beautiful romantic pieces that Kristina makes. The interior of the house was a little busy but her pieces are so well made and so unique that I knew they’d hold their own even in a busy location.
For this shoot, we shot most of the looks indoors but we did also go outside to shoot some of the looks on a porch where there was lots of bright sunlight. Because of this we were working with very different light sources and I wanted to make sure there was consistency throughout. Managing your white balance on your camera is going to be key to making sure your images both indoors and outdoors will have a warm consistent look.
I always set my white balance using the Kelvin setting on my camera so you’re managing a temperature of light that’s managed by Kelvin. If you don’t know how to do this, look it up for your specific camera model. The Kelvin settings start at neutral (no warmth or coolness to the light) at 5,000 degrees Kelvin. If you want your light to go cooler you go below 5,000 and if you want your light to go warmer you go above 5,000 degrees Kelvin.
When I’m outside I usually want to go much warmer. On my Nikon I usually set my Kelvin at 6,200-6,700 degrees Kelvin which is quite a bit above neutral. This adds a lot of warmth and richness and color to my images. If I’m shooting indoors, like I did for this shoot, I take my white balance way down into the 4,000’s to balance out this orange incandescent light. This helps balance skin tones out.
So when I was shooting our model, Katie, indoors, I took my white balance down to the low 4,000’s in Kelvin. When we went outside, I took my white balance all the way back up to the 6,000’s. This helped create consistency throughout the shoot.
I hope this little tip helped and that you enjoy some of the images from the shoot below!