These photos are from the latest shoot I did with Rashelle Stetman. For the first part of the shoot, I chose to use five-point lighting meaning that I was using five flashes in order to illuminate Rashelle and the background. The wall behind Rashelle was painted in semi gloss white paint but appears to be gray, because I was allowing the lighting from the flash to fall off the wall and create a gradation of darker values towards the edges of the photographs. During the second part of the shoot, I chose to turn off all of the flashes except for one and use a black backdrop behind Rashelle. I then adjusted my aperture to a higher f-stop, which helped create the high contrast and strong shadows in the final images. This is an unusual lighting setup for me because normally I try not to have any shadows in the photographs, since shadows can be difficult for me to recreate when I use the photos as references in paintings. Overall, I’m happy with the final product and if I choose to paint some of these images, I think the shadowing might make the paintings more aesthetically appealing, along with helping the paintings stand out from the rest of my work.