Girls Night Out…

Well Faten contacted me for a shoot with her girls a few weeks ago. The occasion was that Nancy is getting married soon in the country of Jordan (Congratulations, Nancy!) Faten (pronounced fah-TEN) wanted to do a shoot before Nancy’s big day, and before her bachelorette party.

Her idea was to have kind of a “Sex and The City” theme behind it. I don’t watch the show, so I had to spend some time researching screencaps from the Series. But it did make for some cool ideas and a little brainstorm adaptation to try and get a similar look.

The weather couldn’t have been nicer- not too cool, but not too hot, gorgeous blue skies and just the occasional breeze. We visited an area in The Woodlands, Texas- Market Street to be exact. If you read my blog regularly, you might have noticed that I did an engagement session there in The Woodlands not too long ago, but it was more on the Waterway and not exactly on Market Street.
The area is nice and clean, and it also has a water way area and some shopping centers which matched our criteria given the theme of the session.

With that, I present to you (from left) Nancy, Faten, and Leial (said lay-AL):

For some reason I like the B&W conversion on this next shot. I think it looks kind of 3-D, if that’s possible in a B&W photo…

The girls workin’ it for the camera…yeah!

Early in the shoot I first heard, then saw an Italian Exotic drive through Market Street. I always stop and stare when I get the chance to see one of these rare works of handcrafted obscenely fast art. It was then when I thought, “It would be so cool if we could get that guy to let us take some photos with his car…”
Well it drove by again about 30 minutes later while we were still in the area, and the girls mentioned how cool it would be to take some shots with that car. Well he pulled up to the valet parking area, and as he stepped out of his Lamborghini Gallardo, I approached and politely asked if I could take a couple of shots of his car with the girls. He casually shrugged and said “Sure, you can use it”, then looked over at the valets and said “They can use my car” and just walked away! How cool was that?!

Well the valet parked it for me pretty much in the middle of the street, so I had to shoot fast and with a quickness. It was a little difficult with the harsh sunlight so direct, but I think we got some okay shots.

In keeping with the theme, we had to stop in for some Cosmo’s. We dropped in at The Cheesecake Factory- they have a really nice bar area. But as I was doing some light tests, one of the managers comes over and tells us no photos are allowed inside :o/
So we took it to the patio area.

And a little B&W action…

Then it was off to the waterway which is right outside The Cheesecake Factory’s front door…

I had a lot of fun doing this shoot, and I hope Faten, Nancy and Leial did too. The girls were great in front of the camera, and it’s such a joy working with people who like being on camera. I am also pleased with the results- I think we more or less accomplished the desired theme.
I also want to say “Thanks!” to the gracious owner of that amazing piece of machine called the Lamborghini Gallardo, who ever you are. Hats off to you, kind sir!

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Riyazi and Michelle - November 23, 2009 - 9:30 AM

Excellent shots Samuel – I am sure they were well pleased with the results. Particularly the first and the one before the last shots.

Would be really interested in knowing what you used for lighting.

Samuel Seth - November 23, 2009 - 6:13 PM

Hey Riyazi,
Thanks. I was just using one 430EX and a white Shoot-Through umbrella on these around half or full power, triggered by a cyber-sync. Some of the shots (early on) I just used a bare flash standing on it's foot-stand on the ground- I forgot my umbrella bracket in the truck until later- which was when I began to use the umbrella.

Adam Cavanagh - December 10, 2009 - 10:20 AM

Great work. Yeah nice flash work

Samuel Seth - December 11, 2009 - 1:06 AM

Thanks Adam. Means a lot. Love your stuff. Dark and edgy never looked so good!

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