Of the photos I saw on his website, Bourdin’s style of studio and fashion photography is seemingly quite consistent throughout each of his portfolios respectively. While many of his photos contained lighting scenarios where the subject is set in even lighting that was flattering to skin tone, more often than not, I found harsh, very directional lighting.
It is very apparent from the shadowing on both the face of the model and the wall in shots such as the one below that his light source in it’s entirety came from one side with no attempt to even out the lighting scenario with a light source coming from another direction.
Whereas in shots such as these:
there is very little shadowing, and nice even lighting creating (in my opinion) a more flattering skin tone. While there is a certain appeal to the first posted image, I feel that it is overall less appealing than the second and third images because you lose details in the shadows.
I enjoyed shots such as these:
because the light source is clearly reflected off of the subjects themselves. For me, these types of shots bring me back to a sense of complete reality instead of being able to get lost in a story or any type of fantasy the photographer may be trying to create simply by making the light source evident by way of reflection.