Back when I spent a lot of time hauling location cases for another photographer, the beauty dish was never my favorite piece of gear. The effect was great, but it was basically a giant aluminum salad bowl. It didn’t fit into the standard location cases and had to be carried separately. I recently picked up a collapsible beauty dish by Chimera. It fits easily into my existing case system and creates a very nice kind of light.
I called up my friend Katie whom I hadn’t seen much of since returning from Korea to see if she would sit for me. She mentioned feeling a little apprehensive as she’d worked with some less experienced photographers in the past, so I was sure to allow plenty of time in the beginning to relax and get caught up. Plus, it took some time to go through the mountain of wardrobe options she brought.
In addition to the new dish, I decided to use a warm gray seamless paper backdrop and a reflector panel on the right to provide just a bit of fill light. In the end, Katie was great to work with, and we were able to create a fun set of beautiful images showing her character and personality.