ANANKE | ACCESSORIES
Cérès Anankè is a Fashion Designer from Ivory Coast, West Africa. She was a pioneer mixing African Fabric and modern Fashion Design. She was also the first to create Bags and Shoes made of African fabric.
We first worked together back in 2008. At that time she was looking for a photographer on a day to day basis mainly because she was working on very limited quantities of products. She would simply tell me to come to her fashion shop and shoot her stuff right away, more like a documentalist than a fashion photographer.
After a while we decided to work on a proper catalog for her incredible bags. Ill write a separate blog on this one, it was an amazing experience indeed!
This Studio session focus on some of her upcoming Summer 2016 products, she did the modeling as well as the artistic direction and as usual she called me at the last minute to offer me the job …we did the shoot the next day!
Thus no time for real preparation but as she explain herself, she likes the spontaneity more than anything else.
For this collection I’ve made an alternate set of pictures with the “Matte” effect, I’ve made my own preset in Lr to achieve this effect.
This collaboration has been pretty much constant all through the years, I love her products and she has been a pleasure to work with.
Feel free to send me an email to get in touch with her, she has no internet website for now, instead she is dealing with clients one by one and she sends products worldwide if needed. I highly recommend this artist, she’s been running her business for more than a decade now.
For this session I’ve been using a PENTAX K-3 with my PENTAX DA* 50-135mm f/2,8 only!
It’s an amazing lens for portrait. On my K-3 I’ve made a User Menu especially for Studio shoots, basics are 1/180 Flash Sync, Dual writing on SD-Cards, Center Average Metering and AF-S AF System. Most of the pictures are f/6,3 up to f/8
Lighting was done with a set of 2 LASTOLITE Lumen F400 Strobes, my regular light set for this kind of session. One is equipped with a soft box, the other with an umbrella.
I also use a set of cheap remote controllers for the Strobes, APUTURE Trigmaster Plus. They’ve been working pretty well for the last 2 years.