Jim Mahoney, APSA, EPSA  

Trina Vaping by Jim Mahoney, APSA, EPSA

December 2019 - Trina Vaping

About the Image(s)

Trina brought the electronic cigarette and wanted to use it as a prop during our shoot. We tried this a few times in order to get the vapor to show in her mouth. This was taken in my home studio and this was the third time that Trina has modeled for me. For this image I used only two lights, a main and a fill. This was taken with my Canon 80D and 28-80mm lens. The hat and the coat came from our costume/prop room. For the background I used an mottled light grey background cloth. I intentionally left quite a bit of negative space to Trina's right, it seemed to work for this picture. Processing was done in Elements and Portrait Professional.

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6 comments posted

Manfred Mueller   Manfred Mueller
Another strong image, Jim. You've certainly captured the moment with the vapour covering her tongue and just following the stem of the e-cigarette. Good work with the lighting too; you've pushed just the right amount of light under her hat to show of your model's face without giving that "uplight" look.

The position of the blue splash on the backdrop is perfectly placed to add a point of interest into that part of the frame. The image would not be nearly as effective without that detail.   Posted: 12/04/2019 09:52:26

Jim Hooper   Jim Hooper
I like the lighting youve used here. It woeks well to illuminate the eyeshadow and the smoke.

I'm not sure how large your studio is, but I think it might help if you moved your model away from the backdrop a bit more to let the background go softer.   Posted: 12/06/2019 22:48:44

Jim Hooper   Jim Hooper
I might also suggest softening the bend of her fingers a bit.

And as much as I enjoy a peekaboo of cleavage, I'm not sure it makes sense here. The rest of the wardove doesn't support the splash of sexy. Seems a bit distracting rather than supportive.   Posted: 12/06/2019 22:51:17

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Great photo and yes I like the space to the models right. I also see what Manfred and Jim are telling about what else could be done. Good work   Posted: 12/10/2019 15:25:53

Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
I also like the negative space you have created.
  Posted: 12/16/2019 03:40:11

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Good shot, I like the background you've used because of the contrast of her hair.
Lips colour is perfect for showing the smoke on her mouth. I don't think the pink colour of the electric cigarrete is the better here, black or red like lips could be more convenient I think.
Light I think is perfect to show very well the skin under the hat and texture of the coat.
Pairing tatoos at the model's skin and the background paper is an original situation. And the composition letting the model to see forward in my opinion is also a good idea.   Posted: 12/27/2019 13:41:33