My awesome friend Mary works for a fantastic organization called the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. They rescue horses who can no longer compete with the help of inmates from correctional facilities as part of their rehabilitation. Last year, I did a photobooth for their biggest fundraiser of the year and they were kind enough to have me back in 2015. This time, the photobooth got a whole lot fancier.
Chef Anne Burrell was the special guest at this year's fundraiser, so the idea was to make the photos kitchen-themed. The Mazzone staff, however, took things to a whole other level. They basically built a small fake kitchen for us to shoot in.
My typical photobooth setup usually only uses a single light, but with so much going on in the scene, I realized we were going to need a couple lights. I ended up using one strobe to either side of the camera. The light to camera right had a 7-foot parabolic umbrella as the key, while the light on the left was turned down a bit and shot through a 43-inch translucent umbrella for fill.
The shadows are blue because they had some blue party lights in the room and I figured letting that burn into the shadows a little would remind everyone that we were actually at a party and not actually in a kitchen.
In the end, I love how they came out. You can check out more of the photos over on the TRF's site. While you're there, you can learn about what they do and how to help if you're feeling generous.
Big thanks to TRF for having me and to Mazzone for putting together a really awesome setup at the Canfield Casino. Also, shout out to Anne Burrell for being super cool and standing for a ton of pictures.