The current struggle of Bulgarians inspired this most recent photoshoot. After seeing Annie Leibovitz's Cinderalla I came up with the concept of a communist Cinderella trying to escape the throws of post-communist corruption in Bulgaria. I shot these images at The Bell Tower, in Sofia, Bulgaria and used Photoshop to merge multiple images together to create the effect that you see below.
I created all of these images in a very similar way. I started by taking a photo with large softbox directly beside the model in an attempt to mimic the natural light. I took one exposure with the softbox in place and then asked the model to pick up the softbox and walk out of the scene. I then took a second exposure without the softbox and model. Afterwards, I used Photoshop to blend the two images, first aligning them and then masking the softbox out of the scene. After a little more dodging and burning along with some color adjustments, I arrived at the images you seen in this post. I would be happy to provide lighting diagrams if they are of interest to anyone. Thanks for reading and enjoy!