Shoot: Chris & Ellen Engagement Shoot
This past weekend I made a trip down to Rockville, Indiana. Otherwise well known for their Covered Bridge Festivals. Chris and Ellen flew in from Texas for the week to spend time with their families, and I was fortunate enough to be spending one of those days with this fantastic couple!
All shoots I do are important, but this particular one was extra special for me. Chris and Ellen are two of my best friends from the undergraduate days. Chris and I were roommates/flatmates for all of my college years, and I have many very fond memories with these two amongst others. So of course I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity when Chris told me his plans for his big proposal! I wont get into the details of the proposal but I will say, that it involved chasing down a taxi across state lines and almost quite possibly getting arrested for trespassing onto government property(?) ; )
I was afraid, having them down South in Texas that I wouldn’t get the chance. But somehow one event after another all fell into place, and we were able to miraculously meetup for a shoot before I skipped town!
Recap from a model shoot I did with Morgan! Let me just start off by saying that it was VERY hot out that day. It’s been in upper 90 degrees fahrenheit this entire week, with the heat index up in the 110 degrees.Very big props to Morgan for hanging in there with me!
We scheduled to meet around 8pm, and headed over to the local forest preserve. My plan was to avoid being in the sun, and thought maybe, just maybe it might be slightly cooler in the woods. Well…it was cooler, but considerably more humid with a swamp nearby… I thought about possibly changing locations, but with the sun going down fast I was in a bind. Then I found this spot in the woods, seen in the photo on the left. Just up the trail that branched off the main one, there was a slight gap in the tree line, where a sliver of sunlight was raying through. I immediately begin prepping to shoot!
Shoot: Meeja R.
Recap from the shoot with Meeja R! It was friday evening, and we had planned to do a shoot together during her time up here in town. No particular theme in concrete, so I had the freedom to try out a couple new things.
Mainly, using Off Camera Flash and trying to balance it in well with the ambient so it is not too “in your face”. Location shoots with studio lighting can be cumbersome. Lots of equipment to carry, and it’s biggest downfall, the lights don’t follow your subjects around as they move (family, kids, couples…) So with her friend Tyler here to help, and with her patients, this was a perfect opportunity for the exercise!
My other objective was to give the Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM lens a try. Courtesy of the fellow local photographers over at Velvet Lotus Photography, they were kind enough to lend me the lens for the weekend. My initial response? A bit long for my taste. Probably just not used to it. But a great OOF from the wide aperture. Compression from the relatively long focal length was fantastic. Perfect for portrait photography.
Shoot: Nora & Josh Engagement Shoot
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of working with Nora and Josh on their engagement photos. They were a fun loving couple and I had a great time photographing the couple!
I’ve been straying away from using artificial lighting lately, especially for family and couple sessions. In my photography I often try to emphasis the “rim light” look (shimmer of light around the subject). I’m a fan of the way it separates the subject from the background, and just like the overall mood that it creates. For the most part, I’ve relied heavily on artificial lights to achieve this look in the past. But since I let the subjects interact on their own without posing and are ever moving, stationary artificial lights were definitely out of the picture (no pun intended…)
Fortunately, using a very simple (but difficult at times to implement) concept you can still create the “rim light” look using only natural light. I’ll write about that a little later. Essentially, by using natural light I’m given more flexibility and can stop, drop, and roll whenever and wherever I need to keep up with the subjects and not miss the moments that come and go.
Had quite some time with the Miller family and their newborn baby the other day! It was my very first newborn shoot, so prior I was excited and a bit frightened at the same time. But hey, how bad could it be right? The baby’s only couple weeks old, so it’ll be deep asleep the entire time and he’s so small I’ll even be able to use my small maneuverable softbox to get nice soft lighting on the little guy without having to lug out the big guns. Well…only the latter turned to be true. The baby was wide awake and he didn’t particularly take to the bright flashes!!
I was a bit thrown off guard, but the newly founded parent duo did fantastic job calming him down each time, and we were able to create some great images!
Shoot: Bowsher Family Picnic
I had an excellent time at the family picnic shoot yesterday with the Bowsher’s!! The kids were goofy and ridiculously cute. Kaidence and Piper both loved the camera and would keep stepping in front of each other trying to have their photos taken. It had been a while since I did a family portrait session with kids. I was a bit nervous about the kids not wanting to be in front of the camera but they were more than eager so I think I got off fairly easy. They were all very loving and it warmed your heart by just being around them!
Last Sunday I went to my very first Strobist Meetup in Indianapolis. It was all organized by photographer Paul D’Andrea of Indianapolis. Big thanks to Paul for putting all of this together for us. He was able to acquire an excellent location at Big Car Service Center with scaffold like storage platforms in the rear room. Perfect for some interesting edgy images.
The models Paul arranged to be there were all very energetic and fun to work with. Unfortunately the platforms we were working on were meshed, and the models had high heels. On top of that, some of the platforms were literally cracked in half (They were stitched together with metal bars, nuts, and bolts). But hey, when has that type of obstacle ever stopped any photographer from getting the shot they want? Thankfully, the models were also up for the challenge, and they were very good sport about it. : )
For the most part we all shared the same light setup in groups, but I wanted to also get a different image of my own so I created another light setup in a different corner of the storage room. I pulled one of the models (Bovary) aside and was able to create this image above.