Making of: Instrumentarium (Advertising campaign) - TBWA\Helsinki

TBWA\Helsinki approached me about this advertising campaign for Instrumentarium (part of the large international Pearle Europe-group) and asked me to create four engaging, minimalistic - yet storytelling - portraits of different types of people that use glasses in their everyday lives. This was an interesting and exciting undertaking that turned out great - check out some behind the scenes photos below:
 

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Making of: Amelié Drozzin

A week ago, I got the feeling that I should go out and create a personal project. It's been a while since I last had time to shoot just for myself, and this fact had actually even reflected a bit in my commercial projects. So, I knew I'd have a free day two days later, and decided to try and gather a team of people around me and head out to Yyteri, Pori to shoot a few photos that I had in mind.

The Team

Two days isn't a huge amount of time, and I did need to rush some things, but I was amazed by how "easily" we managed to get a great team together for the shoot. The model for the day was Amelie from model agency Fondi. And Nina Röntynen - from Ninka.fi - came to help me out with the hair and makeup. And we also got three amazing dresses from Stilissima. Konsta Linkola and Matti Keski-Kohtamäki assisted me during the day, and Hannes Honkanen shot the making of -footage for me. 

Behind The Scenes

Footage shot by Hannes Honkanen - Music by Mark Laukkanen.

Final Photos

Photo, concept & art direction: Lauri Laukkanen - Retouch: Hannes Honkanen - (Click to enlarge)

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Making of: Pete Parkkonen (Album cover)

The Assignment & Goals

Back in February I spent a week in Hawaii shooting a music video for Pete Parkkonen (read more about that project here) - two weeks after getting back to Finland, Warner Music also commissioned me to shoot Pete’s new album cover and some promotional photographs for posters and his album booklet. 

Our goal with these photos, was to create a set of simple and minimalistic portraits of Pete, that at the same time would convey a slight feeling of mystery and artistry. We really wanted to concentrate on perfecting the lighting setups, and worked mainly around a small set of different poses that we had decided on beforehand. I had Atte Tanner, my good friend and trusty assistant, helping out on this shoot. Together with him, we worked on each of these photos and tweaked the lighting for as long as we felt necessary, until we were 100% happy with the results we saw in the back of the camera.

Lighting

Here is a BTS-photo of one of our many lighting set-ups that was used for these two shots:

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Here’s a lighting-diagram from the same set-up: 

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In this light setup I used the large octa as the main lightsource, and used a large square softbox to fill in some of the shadows that the octa created. And to create some separation I added a hairlight behind Pete. The hairlight created some flares in the photos, so I used a black flag to get rid of them. I also felt like the hairlight gave a bit too much of an effect on the leather jacket, so I added an additional layer of diffusion in front of the light, just to soften it up a bit.

Post-processing

Concentrating on the lighting like this, made the post-processing very quick and simple for me. The light looked good straight out of camera, so I only had to use dodging and burning to accentuate the highlights and shadows that were already there in the first place, instead of needing to “sculpt” the face from scratch with extensive dodging and burning. 

The colors looked great straight out of camera as well, and I didn’t need to do much tweaking on them either. A simple curves-adjustment did the trick on these photos.

Making of

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot - taken by Atte. If you have any questions related to this photoshoot, the lighting setups etc. - feel free to post them in the comments section - I’d be happy to answer all of them :)

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Final photos

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Check out the full set of photos over at the "Commercial Projects"-page: http://www.laurilaukkanen.com/commercial#/pete-parkkonen-warner-music-pete-parkkonen/