Our subject is Ari Pekka Nurmenkari, a professional Finnish figure skater.
This is my third shoot with Ari-Pekka over the last year, we make a point out of having a laugh and a joke, trying to have as much fun we can while getting everything down and in the bag.
Just the way it should be ;)
The location for today, funnily enough, is indoors at Photo Agency Cartina's studio. This is easily the most efficiently priced studio in town. I can't recommend this place enough, it has all the lighting, backdrops, reflectors, diffusers and grips you'll need.
Lighting wise, a total of four Elinchrom FX-400 monoblocs were used for this shoot. The key light on camera left was diffused with a 65cm softbox, the backlight was coloured with a deep magenta gel and controlled with a honeycomb grid.
The rimlight over on camera right was also grided and so was the side light that picked up the smoke.
A huge thanks needs to go out to some very special folk, folk who I would be in serious trouble without:
Henrik Kettunen, his relentless help and kindness is overwhelming, even despite me being a nuisance and a pest ;)
Eero Jokimies, Kaisa Viitanen, Elina Paasonen and Jyrki Kostermaa, this ones for you guys. I can't thank you all enough for both your friendship and your support.
Behind the scenes video:
Behind the scenes photo's by Eero: