How I Got the Shot: Jessica Amerson

Posted by: on Jun 01, 2020

How I Got the Shot: Jessica Amerson

Jessica Amerson is a Nashville-based and traveling photography specializing in fashion, lifestyle and portrait. Check out her Instagram @jessica_amerson or visit her personal website.

What was the concept of the shoot?

 The concept for this shoot was a loose ethereal storyline. I am so drawn to movement and telling a story in my work, whether the story is clear cut or leaves some room to the viewer’s interpretation. I was able to incorporate that movement and enchanting story together seamlessly in this shoot. 

What setup and lighting did you use to get the shot?

For this shoot, I used a single light setup consisting of an Einstein E640 flash unit, the CyberSync Transmitter, CyberSync Transceiver, a 47” Foldable Octabox, and a Vagabond Mini Lithium portable power pack. 

How did shooting tethered help you achieve the shot you wanted?

Shooting tethered is something I continue to fall in love with. What I love about Tether Tools is the ability to have real-time viewing and file management. I am able to show my team what I am seeing as well as how to make quick changes to wardrobe, lighting, subject placement, etc. For this shoot specifically, being tethered helped me to see things clearly. When you are shooting outdoors, and for this specific shoot, were outdoors, it was pretty cold and considering our model was in lighter clothing, it helped me to work seamlessly and make changes quickly.

What was your biggest challenge?

 I would say the biggest challenge was that we were outside and typically you are at the whim of the weather and sunshine. Thankfully for us that day we were fortunate to have fog and sunlight that complimented the artificial lighting and really helped to bring these photos to life. 

What type of post-processing was involved?

These photos were edited using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

What was the logistics and/or gear needed to achieve this shot?

The gear needed was simple for this shoot, we used PCB lighting, one Canon camera, and one Sigma Art Prime lens.

Who was involved and how did they play a part in the shoot (ex: makeup, assistant, digital tech., etc.)? 

I had an incredible talent and team with me that day. Our model was Shelby M Hall, she was styled by Josh Owen and my assistant that day was Jennifer Williams.