Christine | Sony A7ii Lifestyle Shoot | Sony 35mm and 85mm f1.4 Gmaster

Christine is a new model I had the pleasure of meeting thru a close friend. Her passion is fashion and runway modeling, but I had the chance to work with her a few times on a few different concepts. This concept was a simple studio fashion. We kept it casual and simple and had a great time shooting.

Studio lifestyle shoot on location

The shoot with Christine was at a local photography studio in downtown Plano. The studio is known for the great natural light that shines in from the frosted windows that surround the building on all walls. The beautiful brick walls also helped create some very warm tones for the shoot. I referred to this shoot as a “lazy Sunday” concept and we kept it on point.

Camera and gear

The shoot was completed with the help of my Sony a7ii and paired with the Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 lens. I was shooting wide open most of the time, but during the brightest time of the day, I had to stop down to around 2.8 so I could limit the light coming into the sensor. I could have just kept adjusting the shutter, but I wanted to get some closer shots and didn’t want the depth of field to start blurring too much of her face and body.

Post-production editing

As with all my shoots, I edited this concept with a bit more teal color in mind. I didn’t want the standard blue in the final results, so I tweaked my preset to add more teal to the colors in the room and clothes. My workflow starts out in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and then moves into Photoshop for final tweaks and coloring. I always bring out the brightness and contrast of the photos because I tend to underexpose on all my shoots. It’s a personal choice but I love doing it.

What did I learn from this shoot

Christine was about 2-3 inches taller than me. With heels on her boots, she seemed even taller. I had to keep the camera a little above my head on some of the shots. My goal is to always keep the camera right above eye level, but I found myself shooting too low most of the time. I still liked the way the shots came out, but I wish I would have slowed down and paid more attention to my composition. In the end, it was a great shoot, and I love the way the photos came out.


My Sony Camera Gear:

Sony A7 –
Meike Grip Sony a7 –
Sony a7ii –
Meike Grip Sony a7ii –
Sony 55mm –
The Sony 85mm 1.4 Gmaster –
Sony 35mm 1.4 –
My Sony 90mm 2.8 –
Sony 24-70 Gmaster –
Batis 85mm 1.8 –
Godox Flash w/Transmitter –



About the Author:

My name is Jason, and I am a Sr. Creative Professional located in north Dallas, TX. I collaborate with creatives from all over the DFW and surrounding areas. This blog is dedicated to capturing some of these great model test shoots and collaborations, and I hope it helps you find inspiration for your own work.
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