I got the wonderful opportunity to do some lifestyle photography by doing a conceptual dance shoot in early December 2014 while I was in Jamaica. My model for this shoot was Jamaican commercial model and former dancer Kedisha McLaughlin. Once I told her about this concept she was definitely on board as it rekindled fond memories of when she used to dance. I enlisted talented makeup artist Antoinette Bailey, my creative assistant Tanisha Ennis, while, fellow photographers Jik-Ruben Pringle and Jordache Jones dropped by to help out. I wanted a rustic location that had a lot of space, but was dark enough for me to light the area for the mood I had in mind for this shoot. The old ruins at the infamous Port Royal just outside of Kingston Jamaica was the perfect location to execute my concept.
I used a two light setup to achieve the look I wanted. I used my Paul C. Buff Alien Bees 800 coupled with a large Paul C. Buff parabolic umbrella as my main light and my Nikon sb-910 in SU-4 mode as a kicker light to provide some separation of the model from the background. I shot the session with my Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 which allowed me to capture high detail, wide shots as well as closer full body shots.
We had a fun shoot, with a lot of jumping, dance poses and retakes just to make it right! All the work paid off as we captured some awesome images as you can see below!
Photographer: Joel Finnigen
Retouch: Joel Finnigen
Model: Kedisha McLaughlin
Creative Assistant: Tanisha Ennis
Assistants: Jik-Ruben Pringle and Jordache Jones