So this is how it all went down. Ella is an awesome soul. The world would be a better place if there were more peeps like her in it. She posted a selfie this one day, of her new haircut and I went "I would so love to have you in front of my camera one day. Hit me up if you ever want to shoot something". She did - a few messages later we had it sorted. Shoot a little here, shoot a little there. Add some laughs and some tripping over studio lights and BAM, Total Devastation!
I have always loved the character Tank Girl. Her attitude, her strength and of course her sharp tongue. As soon as I saw Ella it jump into my head for the theme.
I had two ideas for the look. A poster look, almost cartoon feel with different quotes the character would have used. This was shot using a white background 4 light setup. Two bare bulbs on the background to blow to pure white and two on the model (small softboxes) in a odd clamshell setup.
The second look is more of a dark edgy feel, however still wanted to pay homage to Tank Girls graphic novel roots, so went to another 4 light setup I often use for similar looks. Two lights with gridded strip banks on either side of the model and a high front main light and a fill light on the floor. After some extra experimenting in post production (ooohhh and some whiskey), I settled on this look.
Here is a little secret, after every shoot I select my personal fav image and give it a special ID mark in my editing system. Normally I choose maybe 1 or 2 from the shoot, sometimes none, however this time round I choose 7.
Again I am a very lucky person to know such amazing people and I can not thank Ella & Lottie enough for helping create something so cool.
My world has a little more awesome in it because of this shoot. Enjoy it my friends.