Recently I had a pleasure to photograph Bollywood celebrity-
actress Nushrat Bharucha for a festive issue of Hello Magazine India as a muse
to designer Abhinav Mishra.
The issue was timed to Diwali- one of the main
Indian festivals- festival of light.
Hence the shoot brief was provided accordingly-
the set needed to have the celebratory mood, the frames look grand and the
outfits captured in all their intricate beauty.
Abhinav Mishra is known for his embellishment
and mirror work on the outfits, so one of the challenges was not to lose the
texture while shooting.
The location was decided as The Silver Room in
Trident Hotel. We chose it for amount of interesting props, specifically
beautiful suitcases that I was excited to use and interesting murals along with
It was also the first time I took my new
Picolite out to play. Along with my favourite mobile unit, especially for
location shoots- Move L with 2 mobi led and Siros L.
For the first shot I have arranged the suitcases
around the model and had to carefully use the light to avoid overlighting the
outfit, yet not loosing the dark suitcases and keeping the feeling of
celebration in mind.
I chose mobi led with the big softbox as my key
light, along with Siros L from the right side to separate suitcases from
background. For the final touch that added magic, I have placed Picolite with
projector to highlight Nushrat’s face from the left which has emphasized
beautiful shape of her face and added depth to the image.
For the next shot, I wanted to add a sense of
mystery and romance, so I played with placing mobi led with a strip on her
right, while adding Siros L strobe with blue gel on her left. The color
temperature difference between the two played to my advantage here.
In my next frame I already had the background
light working for me at the location itself, so I have uses mobi led with big
softbox at Nushrat as key light. I used flag from the left to avoid too much
light on the reflective flower vase and get that shot just right.
For the last shot, where Nushrat was posing in
the frame along with designer himself in front of a mural, the outfits color
was my cue to add more dramatic color to the frame.
So I have used one mobi led with softbox as key
light and another mobi led with strip and red color gel as a backlight.
It was a pleasure to shoot with lovely Nushrat
and Hello team and we definitely managed to create the festive magic we were