Merry Christmas! As the Santa Claus of Crustcrumbs (oh wait, no, that’s John), I’m here to bring you the greatest gift of all: behind-the-scenes pictures from our Mad Men themed office cocktail photoshoot.
The worst part about doing a big photoshoot like the one we did for our Christmas cocktail series is that I can’t post all of the images from the shoot.
Whether it’s Sara Hennessey getting weird with a nutcracker…
… or creating a cheesy conga line solely because John said “NO CHEESY CONGA LINES”, and he should probably learn by now that I’m going to think everything on his forbidden shot list is a good idea…
… or just general “pretending to be drunk” shenanigans…
… we obviously had a lot of fun doing this shoot. It was also sometimes difficult to remember that it was supposed to be about the drinks.
Because I was having so much fun, I forgot to take a behind-the-scenes photo of my lighting setup. Luckily I’m also clumsy, and I took this picture by accident:
Shooting in an office is difficult. First of all, when you’re dealing with multiple light sources, it can be a pain to balance the colour between the window light (blue) and gross fluorescent office lighting (orange). Since I knew I wanted to desaturate the images and give them a bit of a “vintage” look, I didn’t worry too much about colour balancing.
Secondly, there is stuff everywhere. Stuff casts a shadow. Since I didn’t want to spend all day setting up multiple lights everywhere, I set up just one as seen in the photo above – an ABR800 ring flash in a moon unit pointed down at the girls over the cubicle wall camera right. For a secondary light source, to fill some of the shadows and make them less harsh, I used a shoe mount flash (speedlite) attached to my camera and pointed it at the ceiling. You can read more about bounce lighting here.
The end result:
A big thank you to all five of our models and to Eagle for letting us use their office on a Sunday afternoon!