3 Classically Beautiful B&W Portraits by Cassidy Kristiansen

© Cassidy Kristiansen
© Cassidy Kristiansen

Cassidy Kristiansen is relentless in her pursuit of perfection in her work, whether it be the lighting, retouching, or the pursuit of that unique element that gives the image its spark. Here, she shares the thinking behind 3 simple-yet-elegant black and white portraits.

She says, “I like to create images that are clean, yet dramatic, using lighting to show the subject is the main focus… I also enjoy using different elements, such as the model’s wild hair or a bold hat to really bring another aspect to the picture…”

mamiya-cassidy-kristiansen-Maddie_diagramThese images were created as an exercise in restraint, to try and take a break from over-thinking the image. Shooting with the Mamiya Leaf Aptus 22 and a Profoto Softlight Reflector, Cassidy used a darker background with a “subtle accent light or background light to separate the model and provide depth.”

 

© Cassidy Kristiansen
© Cassidy Kristiansen

© Cassidy Kristiansen

© Cassidy Kristiansen
© Cassidy Kristiansen

© Cassidy Kristiansen

On the other hand, Cassidy is also working on a complex conceptual series driven by character development and storytelling. Here’s a sneak peak!

© Cassidy Kristiansen
© Cassidy Kristiansen

Stay tuned to her blog and flickr for more. See her portfolio at cassidykristiansen.com.

 

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