Portrait Wednesdays: She’s Got Legs

“She’s got legs, she knows how to use them”—ZZ Top

With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s 1988 book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson.

Over the next who-knows-how-many Wed-nesdays I will be show-casing a different image of her that was made over the five years I’ve photo-graphed Pam showing her many, many different looks in many different styles.

One of the delights of working with Pam was never knowing what her hair style or even its color would be from shoot-to-shoot. And as you can see her hair is much shorter than previous shoots and silver in color.

Today’s image is from our ninth portrait session that was held on October 23, 2013 and I decided to photograph Pam with an accent on her legs. The shot had a behind-the-scenes theme and was photographed against Savage’s Photo Gray Infinity vinyl background. It was shot using a pair of inexpensive monolights that I don’t even own anymore, proving one again that light is light. The camera used was a Canon EOS 60D with an EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens with an exposure of 1/200 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 800. Image was processed using the Vivenza and Color Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-ins.

Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Cold is long out of print but used copies are available from Amazon for $11, as I write this. Ms. Simpson is featured on the front cover and inside pages of my book Posing for Portrait & Glamour Photography. New copies of that book are available, as I wrote this, for $14.75 from Amazon—even cheaper than used.

Author: Joe Farace

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