We’ve all experienced “bad light”. The difference is, the best photographers in the world know how to use, manipulate and control lighting in any situation to create iconic images.
As photographers, we are the absolute WORST about getting in front of the camera and documenting the special people in our own lives. We're all so caught up in running our businesses that we forget how important it is to have beautiful portraits and family heirlooms of our own.
With editorial portraits, you always want to mix things up so you have a good variety of looks to choose from. For this shoot, I started with a Westcott FJ400 with the Joel Grimes Beauty Dish on camera left, with the Westcott FJ80 as a hair light behind my subject, camera right.
Why is it important to understand and test your gear? Well, because Murphy’s Law is the source of all pain when it comes to run & gun photo shoots. What do I mean by this? Simply, what can go wrong, will go wrong.
There’s definitely something to be said about letting yourself be vulnerable enough to step in front of a camera for a photo shoot. For women, especially women over a certain age, the ability to tear down your own walls and allow yourself to feel beautiful is a challenge. So many women are mothers, caretakers, homemakers, busy entrepreneurs, and so much more. Sometimes, all these women need is a little nudge to do a beauty session for themselves.
In this shoot, check out how this creative portrait session was brought to life with three lights: The Westcott FJ400 with the Rapid Box Switch Octa-M as the main light, the Westcott FJ200 as an edge light, and the FJ80 on the background to create a natural vignette.
At ShutterFest 2021 in September, I had time to do something I usually don’t…and that’s shoot :) Union Station is packed with unique locations, so we grabbed Lauren Austin, one of our models in the Rent-A-Human model program and got to work.
In this Las Vegas engagement shoot, we checked out the highly underutilized Canon RF100 F2.8 L MACRO IS USM lens. People may forget about this lens, but it's really a swiss army knife. You can get tight shots, those macro details, as well as full-body portraits.
For this boudoir shoot, we used the Harold backdrop from Intuition. It’s one of our favorite backdrops we use in the studio because it feels so elegant and clean. The moody, charcoal coloring and smooth texture mimic the walls of a hotel room which really plays for a boudoir style session. There are countless other options, so one Intuition backdrop is sure to match the vibe you’re looking for.
On a recent trip to NOLA, we came across this awesome looking monochromatic, sketchy-looking wall, and HAD to shoot there.…