Kirk Ellert

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Photography of Kirk Ellert

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Photography of the Saffron & Blue Gown

This shoot was impossible to not smile while shooting! We arrived on location in the hills behind the windmills near the bay area 580. Upon leaving the car we were greeted by an overwhelming, and constant wall of wind that was pushing us over, the dress barely able to take the stress. We jump back in the car, a giggling mess at our misfortune, and find another space lower on the hill, hoping the wind will be deflected.

To our luck, the hill did a great job and only a moderate breeze was with us. Still a giggling mess, we proceeded with the shoot

Below are the photos submitted to the REVE Dream Away International Fashion Show to be displayed at the event

The Shoot:
when I was taking these photos, the sun was about to set behind the hills. It was golden hour, which as we all know, is the perfect time to get photos. 

armed with only a reflector, Sharon Peng [Gown designer] directed light back on the model [Lydia Tachkov] so she would not be complete SILHOUETTED by the immense brightness of the sun behind her. 

I made sure to let a little glare into the photo to keep the light, airy, ethereal look my photos are known for. Our model, Lydia, was a natural in front of the camera! With very little direction, she was able to bring a breathe of life to this gown that no one else could.

[Entire shoot was shot on a Nikon D3 and an 85mm f1.4]
To see our giggling mess, click HERE for the video [Sorry for the bits of strong language]

POST SHOOT:
After the shoot, we took Lydia to food at BJ's Brewery. after a long day prepping and shooting, lots of food was needed! While at the restaurant, I let her go through the photos straight out of my camera and tell me which photos she liked the most to help me with my picks later.

POST:
IN POST, I ALWAYS BRING MY PHOTOS STRAIGHT INTO LIGHTROOM AND GO THROUGH EACH PHOTO AND RATE BASED ON COMPOSITION AND USABILITY. AFTER I HAVE RATED, I ADJUST EXPOSURE TO BE EASIEST TO WORK WITH IN PHOTOSHOP. 

FOLLOWING, I EXPORT AND OPEN EACH PHOTO INDIVIDUALLY IN PHOTOSHOP. I use a third party plugin called nik software alongside the oem tools to make sure color matches and i get the look i want.

Here are my finished photos:   

At reve:
At the Reve fashion show, we took a few photos of the complete finished look before our debut on the runway. We wanted to make sure to showcase the dress and the completed ACCESSORIES.  

Thank you to everyone at the reve show! Everyone was amazing and so nice, it was truly an honor to work with everyone involved!