Record Store Engagement Session with Benny Migs and the Rapid Box

By on 2014-03-24

This video is courtesy of  New York portrait photographer Benny Migs.

Kristina and Adam asked me to photograph their engagement session at a local record store, Looney Tunes.  This was right up my alley.  I love to work in locations that are out of the norm. The problem was that the store would be open during the shoot.  Needless to say, I could not come in with a crew and all kinds of lighting setups.

Benny Migs

For this session, all I used was my Nikon D800, 24-70, SB-700, and SU-800.  For lighting, I had the Westcott 26 inch Rapid Box and the IceLight.

Benny Migs

I chose to use the Rapid Box for a various reasons. First, it is lightweight with an easy set-up and tear-down. Second, I love the Rapid Box deflector plate, which gives it a beauty dish style of light. Lastly, it works great with my Nikon CLS (Creative Light System) because my speedlite mounts to the outside of the softbox, giving my SU-800 a line-of-sight to my SB-700.  I was able to move from one area of the store to another with out banging in to anything. The Icelight is so easy to carry that I just always have it with me.  It worked out great for the ring shots I did.

Benny Migs

Not having a huge production makes it much easier for me to interact successfully with the client.  I’m a big fan of KISS. No, not the band. Keep It Simple Stupid. My go-to light system for on location are speedlites. They are super easy to carry and give you big results without all the fuss.  I own five speedlites and they all fit in my Think Tank Airport International bag, along with two camera bodies, six lenses, and batteries. The Westcott Rapid Boxes are great for a one-man crew to work with on a small production.  Feel free to email me with any questions regarding this shoot at:

Benny Migs

You can also check out more of Benny’s work by visiting his website at

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Categories: Photography Tips;
Tags: Benny Migs and The Rapid Box;
Format: Videos;
Brands: Nikon;
Topics: Portrait Photography;
Gear: Ice Light and The Rapid Box

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