“We were one of the event leaders/shooters at the Seniors Ignite Event 2014 in Las Vegas. We were each given a creative concept to shoot and ours was steampunk-themed. We were pumped! The tip we want to share (below) is about planning your creative concept session.”
Allison’s Photography Tip:
We loved every part of planning/styling/executing this steampunk-themed shoot, which can be broken down into three different areas – location, research, and wardrobe.
1. Location. Steampunk style incorporates a lot of gears and gadgets, and can have a very old-world Victorian feel. The location we chose, which was a ghost town in Nelson, Nevada, was something we scouted the previous August and knew it had a lot of the steampunk elements we were looking to incorporate into our theme.
2. Research. To get a better handle on the steampunk style, we did a ton of research and sifting through photos and images to get ideas for the types of clothing and props we would want for the shoot.
3. Wardrobe. After sifting through tons of images and going back and forth with the model, we decided which items we wanted to create ourselves for the shoot and which ones we were going to purchase.
For the purchased items, we found a little antique studio near our studio whom we discovered makes custom steampunk apparel, so we had some great options to choose from for the items we were looking to purchase.
The shoes, however, were something the model chose to create herself, and turned out fantastic!
The results of all of our planning were exactly what we had envisioned (down to the little gears on the model’s face)! So when you’re approaching a themed shoot such as this, make sure you plan everything down to the smallest detail and really have a solid feel for exactly what you need and what you’re looking for.
The effort and attention to detail you put into the planning process will absolutely be reflected in your final product, so the more you plan your creative concept shoot, the better it will be!
Allison used a Nikon D700 with a Nikon 24-70 F2.8 lens, a Nikon 24-120 F4 lens, and a Nikon 70-200 F2.8 lens to capture these images.
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