Divergent Star Shailene Woodley portrait

Two looks, one high-key and one low-key, of actress Shailene  Woodley during a 10 minute photo session during a press junket for the film, "Divergent", at the Four Seasons Hotel on assignment for the New York Daily News. 

The typical press junket for a major motion picture is for the studio to rent out a block of suites at a nice hotel, usually the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. You can usually tell from a lot of photos if the photo was shot there as pieces of furniture or the same balcony view is used by the photographer. My standard procedure is to set up at least two different looks for the editor, one look involving a white seamless that can be timeless , and another that is less safe and more dramatic.

The safe lighting is usually done with either a big soft box or beauty dish and some fill light that makes anyone look good. Put out some kind of seamless and you will get some useable art for just about any magazine or newspaper.

I watched the trailer on youtube on the movie, "Divergent", and realized the movie was more darker and dystopian, so the second lighting reflected that quality. I set up four small speed lights in the background pointed directly into the camera hoping for some flare and edge lighting and a grid spotted studio head aimed at her face. No back drop was used as I hoped the strobes over powered most of the room. 

One hour of preparation and test shots and then a quick 10 minute photo session with Shailene and I was done. 

The dark and light sides of actress Shailene Woodley of Divergent.

The dark and light sides of actress Shailene Woodley of Divergent.

Actress Shailene Woodley backlit.

Actress Shailene Woodley backlit.

Shailene Woodley with high key lighting.

Shailene Woodley with high key lighting.

Divergent looks for Shailene Woodley.

Divergent looks for Shailene Woodley.

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