Jessica Theobald + The Story Behind

If you are a fan of Tiger King, then this installment of The Story Behind is right up your alley! Jessica was inspired by the show when she shot this photo and of course she put her own creative spin on it. When we saw it in our IG tag, we had a little giggle. We were also intrigued by the light and shadow play that she created which then lead us to reach out to her to learn more about her creative vision. So without further ado, let’s welcome Jessica to the blog and keep reading to learn how her image came to be.

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When did you discover your passion as a photographer?
Back when I had my darling son in 2015. I was a stay at home mum with no social life that was quickly loosing her mind. I came across a old second hand dslr on our local buy swap sell page and snatched it up!

What inspires your art?
My kids and creative lighting inspires me.

Where is your favorite place to create/photograph?
Creating for myself – my favourite place to do that would be at home, where all the chaos happens. For clients you’ll find me at a field right on sunset.

Tell us about your creative process.
I’m a crazy over shooter, I use Lightroom and photoshop for post processing.

Where was this photo taken?
At home! Below the kitchen bench.

DSLR, iphone, instant or film?
DSLR | Nikon d750 | 24mm lens.

What were your camera settings for this image?
ISO 400, f2.8, 1/400

Can you tell us “The Story Behind” this shot?
Well hahaha kinda lame! But, I had just finished watching the tiger king documentary on Netflix and just the word ‘tiger king’ inspired me to snap this gold + throw in some Elton Jon sunnies, it made no sense but couldn’t have turned out any more perfect.

What speaks to you about this image? What specifically made you press the shutter?
I wanted a ‘poster’ worthy shot. Something totally random you’d see up on a wall.

What was your composition technique with this shot?
Just centred. Portrait to fill the frame.

Did you have any lighting challenges/How did you light the image?
No, the lighting was perfect for what I was after! I just positioned my son under our kitchen bench, we have a huge window off to the left side, brings through some beautifully even lighting.

Did you use any special techniques – freelensing, prism, etc?
I didn’t, but I did have to photoshop a helping hand out of the shot!

Was this photo happenstance or did you visualize it prior? If so, how did you envision the image and set up for it?
Yes I did envision it. It came to me in a split moment. So I grabbed my cat, son, camera and set up the shot. Promised him cookies afterwards of course.

Did you use a preset to edit this image, your own selective edits or a combination of both?
I used my own custom preset and then portraiture in photoshop.

Do you have any addition information you would like to share with our readers?
This was inspired by Tiger King.

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