Archive for July, 2011

Mola user: Fiona Quinn – The Magicians Daughter

Fiona Quinn is back to bring us some stunning images from what she calls “…one of the most favourite shoot I have done”. Working with animals is never easy, especially with noisy equipment like smoke machines but “Othello was so chilled out we got away with it”. In this ethereal shoot, Fiona uses a socked 22″ Mola Demi as a gorgeous subtle fill light.

“I wanted the shoot to evoke the crisp chilly mornings of Spring when there is mist and magic in the air and a colour palette of light neutral tones with accents of metallics and peach.” If that was the brief a photographer was given, then Fiona nailed it and beyond!

Read up on Fiona’s personal thoughts and process behind this surreal shoot on her blogpost here.

and thanks Fiona for a behind-the-scenes pullback from the shoot…

Fiona Quinn and Team
(Model: Anmari, Makeup: Amber Haldane, Hair: Miguel lledo, Styling: Courtney Sanders, Retouching: Monica Chamorro)

Mola spotted: Brad Trent shoots Macy’s CEO


We spot a mola 22″ demi used by super NY photographer Brad Trent as he lights up Terry Lundgren, CEO of Macy’s. What we love to see here is Brad’s ingenuity in finding and setting up Mr Lundgren in an unsual backdrop, a pleasant escape from the typical commercial stand-in-amongst-your-business shots that a lot of execs have.

Here we see Brad use a big fill light to illuminate the scene and a gridded mola demi to provide the key light on the subject. In this way he puts the shadows where he wants them (i.e. on the subjects face) and has even soft illumination for his background and rest of the subject. Keeping the lights at a similar angle and distance helps eliminate competing shadows.

You can read about his thought processes from this shoot on his own blog post here and visit

Mola/s spotted: John van der Schilden for Elle Canada July 2011


Today we spot a Mola 43″ Mantti and Mola 28″ Setti being used by the fabulous John van der Schilden for Elle Canada Magazine. In this July 2011 issue we see Tanzanian born model, Herieth Paul, grace the cover at only 17 years old. John takes to the rooftop with the big Mantti and smaller setti to create these gorgeous images. Location lighting and Mola equipment was provided by S1 Studios in Toronto.

and assistant Paolo Croistante making sure the Mantti didnt go anywhere…

more of John’s work over on his website: and sign up to the s1 studio newsletter to see more location shoots like this.