A behind the scenes look at life on set

Growing up as a painter and charcoal artist still influences the way I create photography today. I believe in "creating a photograph" rather then "taking one". This means that most times the initial idea can be very abstract, and often times difficult to execute on location. During my road trip around USA, I visited most of national parks. The model was shot in Prospect Park Brooklyn. The mountains on the backdrop are Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Capturing such a complex vision like this one is almost impossible in one single shot, the perfect exposure, model expression, dress form. This is where composite photography and softwares like Adobe Photoshop set us free to dream bigger. 

The 3 photographs on the right are used to complete the Talent expression and the perfect dress form. The sky is incorporated to enhance the atmosphere and add more texture to the landscape. The talent had to be photographed with very precise lighting to match the rest of the backdrop elements for a more cohesive look. The final touch is the color grading, which brings everything together into one seamless photograph. 

A step by step look at the way the elements are incorporated into the photograph. 

Behind the scenes for Elléments Magazine

ROCK CLIMBER

About the project.

In this scenario we have 5 images completing one photograph. The mountains are shot in Montenegro Europe. The talent was photographed in Riverside Park NYC. I wanted to show a lot of intensity in this photograph without endangering the talent on any crew members. I shot from a very low angle to give the rock climber more drama and hight, also photographing multiple angles of the rock in order to extend its height. 

Behind the scenes for Elegant magazine, Long Island NY, 2017

Behind the scenes for Elegant magazine, Long Island NY, 2017

Behind the scenes for Elegant magazine, Long Island NY, 2017

Behind the scenes for Elegant magazine, Long Island NY, 2017

Behind the scenes for Elegant magazine, Long Island NY, 2017

Behind the scenes for Elegant magazine, Long Island NY, 2017

About the project

Whenever you photograph on location, you are open to challenges. As a portrait photographer I like to take my subject where they belong, mostly outdoors mixing studio light with ambient. Due to weather challenges in many different photoshoots, I have learned to always include a lot of gear options, and a plan B. 

In this scenario, the wind was so strong that my first Profoto umbrella snapped away from the light and flew towards the beach. I realized that the only modifier that would work for the day is a bare head and a Profoto RFI Octa 4'. 

Behind the scenes video shot and edited by Borin Leka for Elegant magazine, Long Island NY, 2017

Behind the scenes for Elements Magazine Holiday Issue, Brooklyn NY, December 2016

Behind the scenes for Elements Magazine Holiday Issue, Brooklyn NY, December 2016

Behind the scenes video for Elements Magazine Holiday Issue, Brooklyn NY, December 2016