December 24th. We were receiving the family for Christmas. All day long was the rush to get the house cleaner than usual, put away the laptops and camera stuff that are laying around the kitchen and living room, get the kids off their butts to get dressed, setting up the table, repeating over and over “No, you can’t unwrap a gift now, it isn’t Christmas yet!”. Once all that was over, Anne-Marie went to the bedroom to get dressed. She came out asking me to button up the back of her dress. When I saw her, I told her we needed to take a picture. It is not every day that my wife buys a dress and actually wears it.
In about 15 minutes, my 4’X6’ softbox was up with the AB1600 mounted behind it. I also mounted my SB-28 in the 60” umbrella half closed (referred to as the poor man softbox by Zack Arias). I wanted to wrap Anne-Marie into light so I used the softbox as a white backdrop and the Bee to ¼ of power. She was standing about 10 inches away from the light. The umbrella was then set in front of her and above her eye level, travelling from my left to my right, depending on the light orientation I needed. We shot for about 10 minutes; I had to now clean my newly made mess with the furniture moving and gear setup. Anne-Marie hates being in front of a camera and striking poses is more pain than joy.
I now have a great picture of my wife. She is not sure about them but what does she know? We’ve been married for 17 years; I know when she is cuter than usual.