Dona Lyann Photoshoot in Wailea

Canon EOS 5D mkII 70-200L f2.8 IS II lens iso 200 1/160@f8

I recently had the chance to work with professional bodybuilder Dona Lyann whom I met through Model Mayhem. This was a short sunset session we did on the beach in Wailea.

Canon EOS 5D mkII 70-200L f2.8 IS II lens iso 200 1/250@f2.8

We started off at Polo Beach Park, using a silver California Sunbounce Pro reflector to work with the existing light for the first few looks.

Canon EOS 5D mkII 70-200L f2.8 IS II lens iso 400 1/2000@f2.8

For sunset we switched to using two Cheetahstand V850s firing into a Lastolite Ezybox II Medium Octa. I also switched to using the Sony RX10 as it allowed manual flash sync at 1/1000 as opposed to the Canon EOS 5DmkII which only syncs up to 1/200.


 Using just one light and positioning it about 45 degrees off-camera axis lets the light rake across the model's front, adding definition to her abs. The light also really lit up the fabric quite nicely when Dona was able to catch some wind in it.

Sony RX10 24-200 f2.8 1/1000@f2.8

Bodybuilders are always fun to photograph because you can play around with light and shadow to really show off the muscle tones.  I think next time I'll see if there's a bodybuilder interested in doing a Conan the Barbarian themed shoot. :-)