Glamour and Glass


Recently while on my trip to Prague, I had an incredible opportunity to photograph some one-of-a-kind and just stunning art pieces created by Katarzyna Gemborys.

It was during one of my workshops in Prague that I ran into Karolina Skorek and she told me of a friend in Poland doing some cool things with glass. I thought nothing of it at first and asked to see some of the pictures… my first words… I HAVE TO SHOOT THIS!!

Scramble Team Cincotta. Taylor and Alissa love when I do things like this. You know, like when we are in another country, with no models, access to studios, access to hair and makeup, wardrobe, etc? And then I expect miracles. Well, I like to keep everyone on their toes, that’s for sure.

Shooting the glass was not as easy as you would think. I am not a product photographer by any stretch, there is definitely an element of that needed for something like this even though we are shooting portraits, the goal is to really showcase the art pieces. We shot on a black and white background to give diversity to the shoot, but as I am sure you will quickly see, the art pops off the black background and a more low-key shot vs a high-key shot.

We found a studio in Prague and rented it for the day. We had the art brought in from Poland and Alissa played makeup artist for the day. Thank God Taylor was willing to step up and model for us. It was a hectic day, but we got some amazing pictures from the day.

Below are the images we produced for the shoot.

Equipment Used.

Phase One IQ250
Profoto Lighting
1 – 7a 2400w pack
2 – Profoto pro heads
1 – Acute pack
1 – Acute Head

For those of you considering Medium Format, STOP considering! The folks at Capture Integration can help you figure this out. At a minimum, rent one for the week! Play with it and see what it’s all about. Ask for Dave McRitchie – he will take care of you for sure.

Special thanks to Katarzyna Gemborys for making this possible and personally driving your beautiful art from Poland at a moments notice for us to use. Check out more of her work at

Now, no Sal Cincotta story would be complete without the back story.

So, like all of our shoots, there tends to be chaos. I am starting to believe we love the chaos and thrive in it. First, finding a studio in another country and dealing with language barriers is never easy. This particular day, we found a model – who flaked out. We had a makeup artist who also just didn’t show up. Then while setting up lights… the worst possible thing happened. We dropped the Profoto head… POP… the flash popped. The head held up, but we had to pay for a replacement right then and there or the shoot was over – $600.

It’s always fun to look back on images from a shoot and think about the story behind the shot. Not sure which is your favorite, but mine is the full body portrait – love the perspective. But hey, I am biased.

As always, my message is about getting out there and shooting.


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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Matt

    Your wife is as lovely as ever, and skillfully made up. You *better* make sure her photographs are spectacular, or she’ll get after you later! 🙂

    With respect to the artwork, it looks very fragile. What did your team do to ensure the artwork was safely handled and returned to the origin without and breakage? I can’t imagine trying to work with glass artwork like that!

  2. Tina

    Thank you for the info on the skirt Sal!

  3. Greg Beaton

    Love the 3rd one. Simple and beautiful.

  4. John

    Looks like a very fun shoot. Nice portraits Sal and of course, how can you go wrong with the model 🙂 Miss you guys!

  5. Jen

    What was your white background, curious?

    1. admin

      white paper

  6. Michael Miller

    Don’t know who Taylor and Alissa are.

  7. George

    Sal as always your work is excellent and you nailed everything but the last photo, as a portrait it is excellent but the product is out of focus. Taylor’s face is the only thing in focus and distracts from the product, this shot would benefit from a deeper DOF. My .02¢

  8. H

    Beautiful photography Sal. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect!

    I was persuading my wife to do some “nude” photography with a touch of seduction for our upcoming anniversary gift. She refused. She is already having second thoughts about changing her mind after seeing Taylor. Your expertise in the photograph clearly makes a woman feel beautiful about herself, especially her body.

    Now that “she” is away. I can admit something.

    Beautiful breasts Taylor. I hope you and Sal have a personal album. Can’t wait to get mine done now! These moments are very rare and to capture them for one another is very special.

  9. Savi

    You know what, the model might’ve flaked, but Taylor is way better anyway!

  10. Tina

    Beautiful images as always Sal! Where did you find that skirt? I need one for a styled shoot coming up.

    1. admin

      we got the skirt from a local bridal salon. connect with your local companies and try and find unique pieces. good luck!

  11. Jim Deverman

    Great work, with either black or white background. I’m amazed there is virtually no shadow on the face when wearing the glass like a mask. And of course the model is first class as well.

  12. Norman Lansden

    enjoyed your work with the model and glass. would love to see more of it.

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