A great afternoon scoping out the studio at Flight Fitness in Leicester, run by the energetic Lauren Red, in preparation for a large poledancing photoshoot in May.
A huge space with some tricky overhead skylights that threw up some interesting issues with shadows from beams, amongst other things. When approaching a new studio to work in I will always try and arrange a test shoot with the owner first – it allows for them to get to know me and see how I work, and for me to investigate the space and uncover any “Gotchas” that might interfere with the lighting or backdrop.
It’s always easiest to shoot on white, as it’s the simplest backdrop to fix in post should there be inadequate space or inconvenient light leaking in from skylights etc. Sometimes, though, some feature of a studio grabs you and cries out to be used, such as the silky curtains here at Flight behind the aerial equipment!
The aim of the shoot was to settle on a look for the upcoming group shoot not just for the pole setup, but for the hoop rig as well. Such an amazing space, can’t wait to get back there!