www.greggcestaro.com Going through a recent shoot series, one pic really caught my eye. I asked the model to do her hair in pearl wrapped Princess Lea like do, and with the combined fashion, we had a really good look. A fabric I had, had a Soviet era wallpaper feel to it so that then became the background. The original sidelit photo itself is just fine, but her manikin-like look really lent itself to a Moscow boutique window concept, which being in Austin, Texas meant some Photoshop post-production was needed.
INGREDIENTS: A street scene, a boutique scene, the model shot, and the frosted glass info Ad graphic, with a total of four layers to be blended in an artistic way. What I did was, resize all for a comparable perspective, and since the mod is the focus, blurred the boutique and the city street scene. As with some boutique displays making the background a strip means cutting fabric to model’s elbow. Drag model over boutique image and center, drag street scene over mod and adjust till a reflective quality appears. Minimize the street scene that obscures the model and desired background highlights. Keeping warmth in the boutique and lightening and saturation of color on the model adds to the coolness and pasteled manikin look. Creating a semi-transparent frosted band and the word “pretty” in Russian is easy enough and layered atop the flattened work at the midriff so not the obscure the fashion. The model looking down at the word “pretty” lent itself to the overall original conceptual design.
CHANGE IT UP: …Of course, the same model and set can go another way… into a more vintage period piece, window light from the side, warming up the overall image, and adding digital enhancements of the antique chair and antique clock (from the antique shop) produces a more personal feeling. This set concept was one of three completely different looks with a total production time of 3 hours shoot and probably 10 hours post on select images.