Copyright, Tony Duran
If a year ago you didn’t know Emily Ratajkowski, I wouldn’t hold it against you. But ever since starring – nearly nekkid – in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video, Emily has blown up. Way up. Her body was barely painted for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and it seems like she’s being photographed for multiple magazines. Every. Single. Month.
This image is from a series shot by Tony Duran for an Ocean Drive Magazine interview (where Emily chats about loving humidity, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and the androgynous looks of rocker Patti Smith). It’s nice to see that Tony takes a more classic approach to styling and lighting such a “double-take-inducing vixen.” He used 1 reflector and 2 lights, in conduction with a highly reflective background, in this image.
And for all you expensive bracelet fans, that’s a $46k white gold and diamond Cartier on Emily’s wrist.
Lighting: Tony is a big fan of natural light and reflectors, but he needed a little strobe help to achieve this particular look. The key light is a white beauty dish (+1 stop) 9 feet to camera right and just above head height. This throws the nice white glow on Emily’s cheek. A small silver reflector (+1.5 stops) bounces sunlight from low, camera left onto her arm and chest. A magnum reflector (-1 stop) positioned just above and directly behind camera nicely fills her face and body.
Comments: For the past decade, Emily has studied advanced yo-yo mechanics and has multiple patents pending on a new design. During wardrobe changes, she showed Tony some of the latest tricks she mastered: the Takashi Boing and the Double Suicide.