Studio Portrait Assignment for Advanced Techniques
FIRST CAPTION: Roxana Pop, 23 is a second-year graduate student studying photojournalism at MU. Pop is from Medias, Romania where she also studied journalism in her undergrad at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. “People ask me if I am a vampire because I come from Transylvania,” Pop said. “I used to say no, now I say yes.” Over the summer Pop interned for Chautauqua institution in NY. Not only did her internship help improve her photography, but her self-confidence as well.
"My mom is very optimistic," Pop said. "She always pushed me and my sister, but she’s afraid of things and I think I inherited that. I’m always hesitating. I need someone to validate me and my work. My internship and the people there helped me with that."
SECOND CAPTION: Being a full-time graduate student and working as a multimedia editor for The Columbia Missourian, Roxana Pop always has something to do. Pop explained how sometimes she feels tired, overwhelmed and stressed by all her work, but she loves everything about it. When asked about her plans for after graduation, Pop said “I don’t want to talk about it. It makes me sad because I love it here.”
For the first photo I decided to use the gold reflector to add warmth to Roxi’s face and fill in the shadows. I think this photo shows more of Roxi’s true personality - warm, bubbly, curious but also mysterious.
For the second photo I put softboxes on the two sidelights. I like high key light and the scarf on her head. I feel like it gives it a playful, tired-but-loving-life feel (which is how Roxi expressed how she oftentimes feels). We tried a lot of different concepts. One was with scarves because Roxi loves scarves. She says she always has one with her. She brought at least four or five to the shoot, it was hilarious. We did quite a few different things with the scarves, lie on them, put them on her head, on her neck, throw them in the air. We had a lot of fun trying different things to see what worked and what didn’t work.