For this assignment, we had to create two portraits of a classmate that we were teamed up with. First, we had to interview the classmate so that we could figure out what kind of portrait would best fit their personality. The portraits needed to show more than what they looked like; they needed to show a piece of who they are. My classmate was Kylee Gregg. After interviewing Kylee, I discovered that she is very into music: not only does she play the drums, but she’s forever going to concerts, appreciates classic rock and vinyl records, and even photographs/writes for music venues. She’s also known to look kind of like Lady Gaga. Pair all of this with her fun, yet still sometimes serious and emotional personality, and we had a theme: music, vintage, and a color scheme of mostly black and white with a few pops of red.
A single light shines on Kylee Gregg as she sits listening to classic rock in a vintage chair in the studio on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri.
In the first image, only one light was used. I’d spotted the chair the first time I stepped into the studio, and immediately after interviewing Kylee I knew it would be the perfect fit for the vintage vibe. I definitely wanted to play up the dramatics in this image. I was trying to capture her more serious side while still going with that vintage theme that’s so relevant to her personality. I have to admit, I’m pretty pleased with the result.
Kylee Gregg’s fun, quirky personality and love of vinyl records shine through in the studio on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri.
The second image is a lot more playful and fun. The light clearly adds to this tone: it’s so bright! Surprisingly, I only had to use two lights for this image: the same key light I used in the first image, but with a small soft box on her other side and a white instead of black background this time.
Overall, I’m pretty surprised that I didn’t have more issues considering this was my first time really working in a studio. Hope you enjoy!