Behind the Scenes at the First Blade Runner Shoot

Today was my first in a series of shoots inspired by the cinematography of the movie Blade Runner.

I have actually never shot in a studio before. Every other portrait I have taken has been either in a makeshift location, or else taken using natural light. And the problem with shooting in homes, offices, and park benches is that don’t allow for tight control over photo. When shooting at home, for example, I have always had to deal with reflections from the walls and ceiling.

So I’ve never before had firm control over contrast, shadow, and tone. So in many ways, today’s shoot was pure pleasure. But once relieved of physical limitations, I realized to what extent I was then required to fill the empty space with my own creativity, imagination, and skill. I still have much to learn.

Nonethless, the day was exciting, inspiring, exhausting, and a lot of fun. Our model was the lovely Chantal Stephan, and I was assisted by my wonderful and beautiful wife, Uzema Jeena, who took the behind-the-scenes pics below.

We shot at Studio4Fun’s Lenoir location in St-Henri.

Below are some behinds-the-scenes pics from the shoot, and one teaser from the set of portraits. More to come!

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