As many of you know, I work a 9-5 as the online editor for Popular Photography and American Photo magazines. As part of that gig, we test out a lot of new gear, and each issue features a two-page spread shot with one of the products reviewed that month. For the February issue, I nabbed that spot with the Rokinon 50mm F/1.4 lens and a friend who's a very good sport when it comes to modeling.
When I found out we needed something for Showcase, I called up the awesome and talented Rachel Breidster (check out her awesome UrbEx photography). We headed out into the wilds of the Pine Bush nature preserve and nearly froze to death in the ten or so minutes we were shooting.
My original vision for the shot was something much wider, which is why I went with such a bright color for the wrap (which is actually a cheap bed sheet I bought at Wal-Mart about 15 minutes before the shoot). I wanted her to be tiny in the frame, making the environment look like a frozen wasteland.
As we were walking out of the trail, we got to the top of the hill and I realized I wanted to give Rachel something where she was a bit more visible. The other shots were cool, but it's no fun to model when no one could possibly recognize you. It was a personal shot.
When I sent the options along to our photo editor and creative director, I was pretty surprised that this tighter shot came back as their clear favorite. Luckily, Rachel was cool with being MUCH bigger than she originally expected in a national magazine. Always stoked to see a picture spread out across two magazine pages.