Knoll hosted a semi-private holiday portrait session. It is like a candy store for designers, you bring your loved ones and get photographed in iconic knoll pieces. Anita my portraitist wife who is addicted to capturing the best of her subjects had a blast directing and capturing the various groupings, there were a few pets that behaved better than some kids - just sayin' ;)
Some behind the scenes here - I rigged up an Octabank for wrap around lighting and hooked up an iPad mini with HDMI connection to a TV for a manual photo booth feedback for the sitters, a giant selfie screen of sort. It worked but became a distraction for kids as they kept looking at the TV. Now perhaps someday we can have floating screens that hover above our heads at the camera position, now that would be cool!
Diet coke, known as Coca-Cola Light in some territories has long involvement in the fashion industry. Special designer editions have been made including big names like Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, and Donatella Versace. I was commissioned to photograph some bottles and produce art canvases for an installation. It was done in our make-shift office studio. Magnetic whiteboard worked great to suspend a small piece of seamless black fleece backdrop while books made a convenient platform for display. Natural light contamination was not a concern as fast shutter speed and small aperture combo only captures lighting from powerful strobes.
Camera-shy children are drawn by curiosity for the big glowing soft surfaces and temporarily cooperate in some portraits otherwise hard to catch at certain ages. The freshly awaken baby girl was startled by the flash strobe and I switched to using the modelling lamp only. Love the soft light quality and the porcelain-perfect glowing skin and perfect eyes.