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Trade for Portfolio (TFP) Swimsuit Fashion Shoot: Behind The Scenes

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet up with a photographer friend of mine and schedule a TFP swimsuit fashion shoot.

The shoot was held at a small private residence in the north Dallas area thanks to a good friend. We had a blast and so many great photos came out of this!

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The concept and models

The goal of the shoot was to capture the models in a variety of summer swimsuits. The concept allowed for some beautiful fashion shots and the location made for a colorful background.

The weather was perfect and the water glistened in the mid-day sunlight.

Photographers and videographer

I was lucky enough to have a local portrait photographer named Benji setup the location for the shoot. I worked to set up the scheduling with the models.

The Behind the scenes footage was shot by my lovely wife and partner Brenda. She was shooting on the Sony a7SII with a Ronin camera stabilizer.

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Working with the models on site

Our models for the day were Kristi Lynn, Jolesa, and Juliana. I have had the pleasure of working with Juliana and Jolesa on previous TFP fashion shoots, but it was the first time working with Kristi.

Overall, they all did amazing and we were able to get some great shots.

What I learned from this TFP swimsuit fashion shoot

This shoot was mid-day but I was working with my OCF flash to fill in the shadows on the models. Reflectors helped in some of the dark areas of the residence, but overall I am very happy with the shots.

I tried some natural light photography but I stayed more with flash on my Sony a7II. My go-to lens was the Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 but I also switched out to the Sony 85mm f1.4 GMaster often during the end of the shoot.

I would highly recommend getting out of your comfort zone and trying a TFP swimsuit fashion shoot when you get a chance.

Swimsuit Gallery

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Jason Dallas Portraits Model Test ShootsJason The Creative – Dallas Portrait Photographer

Photography just decided to grow on me and I never looked back. I am a portrait photographer growing and specializing in model test shoots. Every one starts somewhere and this is my story. Instagram.com/jasonthecreative


What’s in my camera bag

My Portrait Photography Gear for Model Test Shoots

Sony a7riii Mirrorless Camera
High Resolution Studio Camera
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Great Photo & Video Camera
Sony 85mm f1.4 GMaster
Best Portrait Lens
Sony 35mm F1.8
Great wide lens for lifestyle shoots
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8
First lens I purchased – Amazing and light
Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GMaster
Best all-in-one Portrait Zoom Lens
Sony 24-105 f4.0 G Lens
Best all around walk-around lens

Secondary Portrait Photography Camera and Lens

Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera (crop-sensor)
Small & amazing quality
Sony 16-55mm f2.8 G Lens
Super sharp and versatile

Sony Mirrorless Bodies You Should See

Sony a7rii
High Quality Studio Camera
Sony a7ii
Great General Purpose Camera
Sony a7sii
High Quality Video Camera
Sony a6600
Photo and Video Camera
Sony a6500
Crop Sensor Video Camera
Sony a6300
Amazing Budget Starter Camera

Full-Frame Lenses You Should Check Out

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Lens
Great budget option zoom lens
Sony 70-200 F2.8 Lens
Amazing Quality Zoom Lens
Sony 16-35mm f2.8 Lens
Superb wide-angle Lens
Sony 85mm F1.8 Lens
Great Budget Portrait Lens
Sony 24mm F1.4 Lens
Sharp Wide Prime Lens

Crop-Sensor Lenses You Just Might Need

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Lens
Great budget option zoom lens
Sony 18-105 F4.0 Lens
Awesome Video Lens
Sigma 16mm F1.4
Great YouTube Lens
Sigma 30mm F1.4
Sharp & Light Weight Lens
Sigma 56mm F1.4
Go-To Portrait Lens

My Current Off Camera Studio Flash Lighting / Location Kits

Profoto Air Remote TTL-S
Remote Trigger
Profoto B2 250 AirTTL Location Kit
Portable light strobes
Profoto OCF 2×3 Softbox
Portable soft light modifier
Profoto OCF Softbox 2ft Octa
Small direct soft box
Profoto 41in Deep Medium Umbrella
Main studio modifier
Profoto OCF Speedring
Modifier connector


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