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Jacksonville Senior Photographer // Scarlett Lillian Seniors: Leysa & Ross are hot!

Mar 28, 2008

Leysa & Ross are hot!

While in Las Vegas, I was able to squeeze in some shooting time amongst the bright colorful lights with Leysa and Ross. Ross and his company Flosites.com are the creative geniuses who designed my fab website. He and Leysa are newlyweds, so they brought their wedding outfits all the way from Europe to have me do a hot high-fashion shoot for them while we were all at WPPI. Last month at the Love Affair workshop, I learned about how awesome video light can be for night time photography, so I was excited to get this opportunity to experiment with it in Vegas, along with my new Pocket Wizards for dramatic back light. Now I'm in love with it all and totally want to do more night time shooting!

Because we were at WPPI, what started as a photoshoot with a few of friends of mine tagging along soon turned into a madhouse of other photographers joining in. The funniest part of the night was when Japanese tourists pulled up alongside us in the median of the road, rolled down their windows exclaiming "Look look, American paparrazzi!" and then they whipped out all their high tech Japanese cameras. I wish I had a shot of that moment! So funny!

Wedding days can be so rushed, so I love anytime I can get the opportunity after the wedding to do more creative fashion driven shoots with brides and grooms where they can really let loose and work it for the camera for some passionate shots. I love making my brides feel and look like supermodels as if their photos could appear on the pages of Vogue! For my current and future brides, it's never too late to add on a glam session to your package! It's your time to live it up and rock that dress of yours every chance you get!

Here are my faves from the shoot and their hot slideshow at the end!

EDIT: A lot of you have been asking what my lighting set up and settings were, so I've edited this post to include all the stats! Also, my video light you have been asking about was the Sima SL-20LX Ultra Bright Video Light - Silver. I hope this helps you all! Thanks for all the awesome compliments you have been leaving and emailing!

One of my favorite things in life, chandeliers.
SET UP: Video light to the right above. 1/160s at f/1.8 ISO 400 LENS: 28 mm1.8

SET UP: Video light to the left above. 1/100s at f/1.8 ISO 400 LENS: 28 mm1.8

SET UP: Video light to the right above. 1/100s at f/1.8 ISO 400 LENS: 28 mm1.8

SET UP: Video light to the left above. 1/100s at f/1.8 ISO 400 LENS: 28 mm1.8

It wouldn't be Vegas without a slot machine shot!
SET UP: Video light to the left. 1/100s at f/1.8 ISO 400 LENS: 28 mm1.8

My favorite shot of the night! I just love the energy of the motion and the lights and the attitude!
SET UP: Ok, so technically this shot is a combo of two Photoshopped together. They were both taken at 1/5s at f/9 to get the motion blur, and I had her stand still like a statue. But the first, the video light wasn't hitting her right, so I took another shot with it positioned better to the left. The fill light on her was better, but not as many cars passing gave a good motion blur, which is why I combined the two. Also too, I stuck my off camera flash behind her dress which produced the glowing blue light seeping through her dress behind her for more drama.

This is about the time the Japanese tourists whipped out their cameras! I can imagine they've never seen a bride on the cement in her dress! What's great about this shot is that the smiles were from Leysa having just fell down on Ross by accident! I love those priceless moments!
SET UP: Same as above since this shot happened by accident, I just kept shooting as she fell, and my off camera flash kept going off behind her to give the rim of light on her ams and hair.

SET UP: Natural light, 1/160s, f/3.2, ISO 600 LENS: 28 mm1.8

Yes this is Photoshopped. :-) I thought I would get a little creative with this one.
SET UP: Natural light, 1/160s, f/3.2, ISO 600 LENS: 28 mm1.8

The beauty of backlight flash.
SET UP: Video light in front, off camera flash behind them to produce the halo of light around her hair, 1/160s, f/3.2, ISO 600 LENS: 28 mm1.8

Ross is the man!
SET UP: Video light to the left, 1/200s, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

I love elevator shots!
SET UP: Natural light, 1/200s, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

SET UP: Natural light, 1/320s, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

SET UP: Natural light, 1/15s, f/6.3 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8. Also, when I took the shot, I jerked the camera down and right to give the blur around them even more.

is where we stayed and partly where WPPI was.
SET UP: Video light to the left, 1/125s, f/2.2 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

SET UP: Video light to the left, 1/320s, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

SET UP: Natural light, 1/400s, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

Time for fashion!
SET UP: Natural light, 1/400s, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

This is one of those pictures that almost didn't happen. I was having issues with my flash and Pocket Wizard's trying to set up the shot, and as soon as I finally got it figured out, I clicked this frame, and then a security guard came out right after to tell us we weren't allowed to shoot in front of Tiffany's. Whoops! I love stolen moments like that! ha!
SET UP: Off camera flash to the right, pointed left at them, 1/320s, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

I love the random mess this photo is, yet how in the midst of them swirling around in the revolving door, reflection of people watching and Vegas lights, you can still see the emotion of their kiss.
SET UP: Natural light, 1/20s to get the motion blur, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

I'm determined to make it to see the real Eiffel Tower this year! But in the meantime, I loved grabbing this shot in front of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.
SET UP: Video light to the left, 1/50s, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

SET UP: Natural light, 1/50s, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

The infamous Bellagio water show!
SET UP: Natural light, 1/400s, f/1.2 ISO 1600 LENS: 50mm 1.2

SET UP: Natural light from headlights of cars, 1/250s, f/1.2 ISO 1600 LENS: 50mm 1.2

You must watch this slideshow! Leysa and Ross are so hot!
SET UP OF THIS PIC: Natural light, there was a light in the water behind Ross that shot up to give the halo of light around his hair, 1/125s, f/1.8 ISO 1600 LENS: 28 1.8

It was a long night, but worth the jet lag and late night hours!

Here's a fun shot of my ShootSac I adore that my roommate Cheyenne accidentally caught of me when I stepped in her shot to position Ross and Leysa just perfectly.

After the photoshoot, I was about to head to The [B]ecker's party, but we got word that his party rocked so hard that he knocked all the electricity out of the hotel and shut down the casinos in Mandalay Bay?!?!? Only The [B]ecker!

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Blogger paige elizabeth said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I looove 2 & 3 and the shot in the revolving doors is stunning!

March 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger david & kimi baxter said...

ross and leysa are totally hot and all around down to earth and wonderful people. you captured them perfectly!!! wow!!! absolutley stunning images.

March 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Amanda Suanne said...

I love these scarlett!! They are amazing! I love the one in front of the Prada store! Great job as always!

March 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Shores Photography said...

GIRL! you rocked it!!!

March 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger carblemarble said...

These are fantastic. I really like the one in front of the Bellagio water show.

March 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Donadio Photography said...

WoW!! great job....your colors are amazing!!

March 28, 2008 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Very cool! Very hot! Very awesome! I love it!!!

March 28, 2008 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Chayil Marie Branda said...

I LOVE that Tiffany shot!! AMAZING!!!

March 28, 2008 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Bobbi said...

leysa+ross are not only ridiculously good looking... but they're also two of the nicest people I met in Vegas.

Scarlett, you did an AMAAAAAZING job photoing them!


March 28, 2008 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOu must, MUST share your lighting tricks and flash tricks for this shoot...they are UH-MAZING! Please please give us the DL on the technical aspect. These photos definetley show what you shine at...Glam and Fabulous! This couple was obvioulsy the perfect match for your style! I love it!

~Melissa Lee

March 28, 2008 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Rebekah Kubik said...

Wow! I loved every single shot! How do you get such saturation even at night? They're amazing, you know your art, girl! - Rebekah K.

March 28, 2008 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Haley Lamb said...

HOT!! these do look like they belong in Vogue! Wonderful job. I am a fan of the revolving door shot, too!! This shoot looks very hard, though! did you use a tripod??

March 28, 2008 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Laura Ryan Photography said...

Awesome work!! It was really nice to meet you in Vegas and at the Pay it forward party( even if it was for a few min.. ) Love your blog and the work you do!

March 28, 2008 at 4:31 PM  
Anonymous jen harris said...

I love them!!!! Absolutely beautiful! :)

March 28, 2008 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Heather Houston said...

These are hot!!! I want to play with my new video light more!! I have a night shoot coming up in April and I can't wait to play!!
Oh, and if you need a partner in crime in Paris, let me know!! I was actually looking at flights to Rome earlier today!! haha I need a vacation!! I don't mind going back to Paris either!!!! I went in 2005, so it has been a while!!

March 28, 2008 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Darice Michelle said...

how fun! How did you manage to get in the slot shots! I was kicked out when I tried to take photos inside! You are slick! : )

The photos were so much fun to look at!!!

March 28, 2008 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne Schultz said...

girlllllll - these are hot. seriously - hot. and, i love the slideshow...so fun. I gotta get my butt in gear to get mine posted!

March 28, 2008 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Monica Z. Phohtography said...

You are AWESOME! I LOVE the shot of her laying in the ballys sign, so amazing! You really ruled that videolight!

March 29, 2008 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Rebekah- I love Bridge! My personalize settings naturally bump the saturation, but for these pics I did do a little extra Photoshop work with a saturation layer to really pop the background and erase from the layer around their skin so they weren't too orangey.

Thanks everyone for your awesome compliments! I had an awesome time with this shoot. For those that asked how the lighting was set up, I'm going to go back and add an EDIT to the blog entry with further info after this comment. To answer other questions further:

Haley- Nope, no tripod, I hate those things. Just had a friend hold the video light or off camera flash to the side. And with my 1.2 lens, I could open it up wide and still use a slow enough shutter speed that kept it sharp.

Laura- Awesome to meet you too!

Heather- What video light did you get? The one I had died really quick, so I want a new one. Have fun playing with yours! And I just might take you up on Paris one day!

Darice- Ha, I know I thought we would have a problem too, but at Bally's where the convention was, there were soooo many photographer's going through the casino with cameras just to walk to the next place, that we just blended in with the traffic.

Cheyenne- It was fun to have you join us for the shoot! Thanks for all the light holding you did! I can't wait to shoot with you again soon!

Monica- Thanks girl! I think that Bally's shot was actually off camera flash though with the Pocket Wizard. We were mixing it up depending on the situation and if the video light was strong enough at certain spots.

Also, people have been asking what video light it was. I liked it, but it died within 45 minutes, so I actually want to get a new one that lasts longer. BUT, it did great for the purpose of the job while it lasted. It was this one:

Sima SL-20LX Ultra Bright Video Light - Silver

March 31, 2008 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

I adore these Scarlett! Great job!

April 2, 2008 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...


April 2, 2008 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Corinna Hoffman Photography said...

Love the shots!!!! Oh, how I wished we had enough time around Vegas during my wedding last May!! The only picture I wanted so bad was us by the slots machine.. LOL.. and we never had the chance to get it ;-) Still, I am still loving my Bellagio pix!! I wanna get married all over again--LOL ;-D

April 2, 2008 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

I know, I was thinking the same thing Cory! If only we had had more time to play!

April 7, 2008 at 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pictures are amazing! I LOVE your ShootSac! WHO did your custom cover??!

June 15, 2008 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Thanks, email sandra18191@earthlink.net to do your cover too!

June 16, 2008 at 2:05 PM  
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