I work as Director of Photography at Last Wave FIlm, and Kindrid Parker, the director, teaches acting at a Shelton Studios in San Francisco. I get brought it in to do headshot work for the actors, and sometimes some creative portraiture. This weekend I was working with the lovely and talented Jenna Cohen. She texted me saying that she was going to be running late, so I browsed Facebook and saw that she had posted a picture of her hair and makeup for the shoot, which was a classic dress and blonde curls, essentially a Marilyn Monroe look. So I quickly scrapped the plan of shooting her plainly in front a color paper backdrop, and set all of my lights up in a little diner booth area we have in the studio space, and got a great, classic 50s look.
We had some more time, and Jenna's an experienced model, so we decided to keep playing around with some different looks she brought and some different lighting styles. She threw on something a little more modern and I tried shooting her with restrained, directional lighting, and killed the fill lights.