Sitges is a beautiful Spanish seaside town located approximately 30km south of Barcelona. It is an ideal town for a location portrait shoot as there is an endless supply of interesting backdrops. Much of the architecture around the church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla dates back hundreds of years so there are interesting alley ways, cobbled streets, derelict brick walls and grand doorways in abundance. I was lucky enough to have a friend who lives in Sitges and wanted a maternity shoot that was slightly different, a bit “edgy” and included some of the town architecture. Prior to the shoot I used the opportunity to do a few runs through the town to scout out some suitable locations. The shoot was scheduled to be only 2 hours in length so I needed to have a clear plan of what I wanted beforehand in order to include as many locations as possible. We started the shoot at around 7pm in order to avoid the heat and harsh sun which is not great for photography or for a woman who was 8 months pregnant!
For the majority of the shoot I just used natural light but towards the end I decided to use off-camera flash to add a bit of “edginess” to the pictures. The off-camera flash was unmodified and placed about 10 feet above the ground. Placing the flash in this position produces a very hard light with a rapid drop-off which creates a natural vignette.
Of course a shoot in Sitges would not be complete without some beach shots. So we decided to schedule a second shoot for the following evening to get some evening shots on the beach.
Camera used: Nikon D700
Lenses: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8