Sabrina Jaquet is the Swiss number 1 women singles badminton player and winner of the bronze medal at the recent European Championships in Denmark. Both Sabrina and I have been planning a shoot for almost a year and the right time and place presented itself while both of us were in Milan for the European club championships.
Sabrina was there with her team Issy Les Moulineaux, who went on to win the tournament. However, Sabrina was unable to play as she recovers from injury. Being there and unable to play allowed Sabrina the time needed to get the job done on set. Sabrina and I would attend many of the same tournaments but up to now her playing schedule and my in hall work schedule never allowed us to get the job done. Milan offered up the perfect storm.
So many pictures of Sabrina over the years have been very much the 'girl next door' kind of shot and anyone that knows her also knows that on court she is far from the girl next door.
The brief for this shoot was to do something urban and without any hint of her sport. To kind of push her edginess envelope and to shoot a slightly different side to her personality.
We had about two hours while in a very industrial area in the outskirts of Milan and after Sabrina settled and got into the zone we think we achieved what we set out to achieve. 95% of the images captured were shot in natural light which was a major test for me as I am more akin to the same indoor conditions be it at tournaments or in a studio.
Shot with Canon 1dx, Canon nifty fifty 50mm 1.8, Canon 24-70 f 2.8.
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