Saturday, June 14, 2008

High Lighting

I have always wanted to shoot with my lights higher than what the stands limit me to. I got that chance last weekend when I had a boom stand available. I feel pretty good about the outcome. Thanks to Chelsea who prepared by obtaining couture clothing from several different designers.

Above Chelsea is a soft box and behind her is a gridded strobe for separation. She is natural in fashion posing so she felt comfortable striking something fun and strong. A bit of tweaking of chin placement to the light and there it is.

A big shout out to Kate Carroll, one of the best make up artists that I know who worked on Chelsea for this shoot. Heck, she taught me how to do make up and I translated those ideas into Photoshop!

Hit the Lodge 2008

If you haven't ever been to a photography event I would suggest any of the Supershoots events. More specifically the Hit the Lodge event.

Hit the Lodge is Supershoots biggest yearly event that I have attended twice now. It's a great place to stretch your knowledge in photography. From classes that are taught by those that have "been there" and "are there" to learning from other attendees. It's impossible to walk away without learning 100 new things and gaining some great images.

I'm still finding my pocket in photography, which proves to be a long hard road but enjoyable to walk. It's tough to learn and discern styles of photography. Especially glamor versus beauty. It's sort of like arguing Ford or Chevy at times. They blend on so many levels, but at the same time they are completely different in approach and goal. More on that in the future.

When shooting my mind is usually wrapped around the models personality and look. I try to make the best of whatever I'm shooting, and if i can I mix in a bit-o-fun.

Above is Maria. She is a friend of mine that attended her first Supershoots event last weekend. I have not shot her before and she hasn't done modeling at an event. She asked if we could shoot together in the morning before the event started to work on communication and flow. I believe she did a fine job! She fit in incredibly well and had a great time at the event. She will be back for events in the near future.

You can learn about other Supershoots events at

Canon 20D
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Strobe + White Umbrella