How I Got the Shot: Gatsby-Themed

As the year nears an end, here’s a bit of a throwback for this month’s edition of How I Got The Shot! I was digging through some old hard drives looking for a file, and came across these behind-the-scenes shots from a lovely Gatsby-themed shoot we did at the beginning of this calendar year!

In this first shot, we have a gridded’ silver beauty dish as our main light. Our hair light is a gridded 2×3 soft-box on a mini boom behind the walls. We then have two highlights (7” gridded reflectors) on each side of the set to rim our subjects and give them some separation from the background.

In the second shot, the boomed hair light remained the same.  We used two rim lights instead of four for this shot.  For this particular portrait we wanted to have a slightly smaller spread of light than the 22” beauty dish produces so we opted for a gridded 11” reflector as our main light.


Due to the narrow beam of light we had to keep our subjects very close together. On camera right we had a silver reflector on a stand for fill to kick a little bit more light into the right side of the image.

Curious as to what gear we used?

Nikon D5

Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR ED G III

Modifiers: 

 11”  long throw reflector with grid

22” silver beauty dish with grid

2×3′ small Softbox with grid 

7” reflectors with 30° grids.

Silver 42” reflector card

Avenger Stands/Mini Boom 

Vinyl faux wood floor

Hand painted walls

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