Sunday, September 21, 2008

Areanna's senior portraits

It is a little funny photographing your photo assistant, that is what I did with Areanna this weekend, I took her senior portraits. A little weird being on the other side of the camera huh? Well it was a lot of fun anyway, and I got to see a different side of her than I normally see.

Carson portraits

So Carson is one of the many kids running around our church, the other day I got to chase him with my camera! It was a lot of fun actually. One thing I have learned from photographing kids is that you just make it a game and/or put them in their environment. I did both with Carson, we went down to a park he knows and just played around.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

sarah’s green tomatoes

Sarah has a little garden on our little porch. She has been thwarted many times by squirrels, chipmunks, birds, rabbits, cats, unicorns and/or dragons. She finally managed to get a good bunch of tomatoes but when she was watering them this morning they fell prey to a new predator…Sarah herself; she accidentally broke them off of their small little stem. Well they will now live forever because I liked their look too much not to photograph them.

Technical - how I lit it:

I have been thinking of many ways to light a subject creatively with only one light and the first thing that popped into my head was this option: I placed one strobe behind the subject and a reflector (white cardboard box top) on the opposite side (front) to reflect light back into the “face” of the subject. I new that I needed to set the strobe to fire manually because I needed to blow out the rim light in order to have enough power to bounce back in as fill, so I just dialed it up/down until I got what I wanted…didn’t take much time really, I was almost disappointed it was over so fast. I think it worked great and I wonder what it would be like to use this with a real person.

Cerina’s senior portraits

Last weekend I had the privilege of photographing Cerina again, this time for her senior portraits. (guess it is that time again) It was a lot of fun; we got up early for good light and traveled over the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. This is the first time I have done portraits here since we have to pay a fee, but it was worth it! With a smörgåsborg of great light and backgrounds we got to choose from many options.

Cerina once again, was easy to photograph, she is very natural and free which makes my job easy right?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Jenni and Aaron

There are a lot of things that happened in this wedding, many of which were firsts for me...

This was the first wedding where they had dinner and the reception before they got married.

This was the first where they got married outside in the dark.

And this was the first where there was a pirate attack in the middle of the first dance.

In all it was amazing to see so much of the couple come out in the wedding details, if I didn’t know it from their portrait session, I would have learned at their wedding that this couple is a lot of fun to be around. Thanks guys, it was an honor to partake in your day.