Today, it's Htm's bedroom to be . . .
You may or may not be aware that, yes, I will be a daddy sooner than later. Shit, I may be a father by the time this post arrives in front of your eyes. Kooky world which we live in isn't it.
Htm? If you weren't yet introduced, be sure to check out [this post] regarding the special announcement that was made back in December. Besides being a super cool super short film, it is the first announcement that Stefanie and I would be having a daughter! So WTF is Htm?! Her nickname if you will. Harper Thomas Murphy.
You wouldn't expect a plain Jane name from us now would you?
The first inspiration would be obvious. Um, revealing her room via one super rad photographer? Yes. Duh.
My wife, Stefanie, was procrastinating the shoot a bit as there is still stuff that she needs to add to her awesome design. I realized that this room would never be totally complete and vetoed her decision to delay the shoot "just one more week."
The second inspiration and totally out of left field was just the other day. After crushing our bodies with an "elevated level of cautious stupidity" . . . Huh?
My good friend Eric Gerchberg and I spent the day at Big Boulder crushing the black diamonds, parks and even creating our own tracks, traversing the mountain where no other humans, to our knowledge, dared to expose their bodies.
It was sick! And I mean that in the best way possible.
Anyhow, on the ride back to Philadelphia, while licking our wounds, we got to talking photography a bit. Shocking, isn't it?
Eric mentioned an interior shot I created last year. Shortly after moving into our new Fishtown digs, I was compelled to shoot our new master's suite, from my atypical, outside of the box, perspective. Wanna see it? I know you do. Ok, you can feast your eyes on that work right [here]. Delicious right?
Before I push this section into a train wreck let me summarize by saying with the combo of Eric's mention of my interior work and the rapidly approach of Htm's arrival to planet earth, I realized the shoot had to happen . . . NOW.
The Nerd File ::
Where do I begin? Ah, the concept. The idea. What did my mind's eye see that I would create with light and camera to share with you?
Soft bright light was what I envisioned. Standard of my portrait works you would normally find that I often crush the blacks, crank the contrast; it's my 'look'. Not for the baby's room. No sir. This would be clean and sharp, yet soft to the touch; straight razor meets fluffy white shaving cream.
Blowing out the outdoor details would be a no brainer. Besides keeping the viewers attention to the details in the bedroom, the bright light should evoke an emotion of peace and positivity; life.
I wasn't sure how the shadow camera side of the room elements would fall into the deep darkness so I preemptively prepared to use at least one fill light from the front side.
But . . . (We'll get to the but. Patience my friends)
Even though I was shooting only seconds away from the studio, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible by using a minimal amount of gear and utilizing the ambient light as much as possible.
The gear chosen for the day?
- Betsy (Nikon D4) :: The daily workhorse.
- Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED :: wide shooting to capture as much of the room elements as possible.
- Feisol carbon fiber sticks :: a vital piece of gear for this shoot.