In the spotlight is an article series focusing on up-and-coming shutterbugs that are about to put their mark on the world. Beauty and fashion photographer Pauline Darley talks about a recent fashion shoot she did at a busy hostel in Paris.
I recently organized a photoshoot at Les Piaules, one of Paris’s most popular youth hostels. It is a chic but hectic place and I really wanted to catch the metropolitan atmosphere in the shoot I was planning. To do so I decided to give the model five different stylings in different locations: in the cozy bar, in the foyer of the hostel, and on the rooftop terrace.
All these variables made this a challenging shoot. We needed to do five different setups in five hours and everyone who shoots fashion knows how it is; the stress of changing locations, looks and clothing. There is a lot of movement all the time, a stressful feeling you need to learn to love in fashion photography.
The lighting conditions varied greatly. In the bar and foyer I mixed ambient light with my flashes and had to take both the lamps and the light from outside into consideration. On the rooftop terrace the light was changing constantly all the way to dusk and then it went pitch black (well, as black as a night can be in a city like Paris).