A friend of mine has a nephew that races go karts. Yeah… not your grandparents go-karts that you putted around on saturday nights in August. These little karts are crazy fast, and take some real guts to get out on the track with others zipping around at crazy rates of speed. I think these things have more technology in them than your old mans fold pickup.
When I heard that this kid is out racing these things I got excited and told them I wanted to make his portrait. It turns out My friends brother really likes my work and thought it would be cool if I would do one of my signature portraits for his son. I already knew what I wanted to do, so I told them to suit the kid up and meet me at the parking lot.
I shot everything with just one light, an Alien Bee 800 in a beauty dish boomed camera right. The sun was high and to the left giving me a 2 light look. Interestingly enough I didn’t composite in a new background though I did some work to it obviously. There isn’t really much to say about it I suppose, and stupid me again forgot to take a shot of the whole set up so once again use your imagination.
When my friend Ansley and I were preparing to shoot Derek’s pictures to promote his videography business I used him as a stand in to make sure we got everything ready to go for the next day. Derek was going to be tight on time so there wasn’t going to be time to fool around.
One of my New Years resolutions is to try to give some more behind the scenes stuff for your enjoyment and to help me have set up shots just for my reference. Ansley (at the time) was in the process of moving and had a great room we could set up and use. It was a basic 3 light setup.
behind the scenes 3 lights on a medium gray wall
As we were getting everything set up I started to take some shots of him, not really having a game plan or direction. I like to keep things in one place and move around myself. It can really create some different lighting that you otherwise may not have considered using. And thus we arrived at what we call, the Abe Lincoln shot.
profile ansley… the “abe lincoln” shot
When I got these shots home and on the computer I was pretty excited about this one. I really felt that it was going to be the winner of the batch, especially in a shoot that really was just chimping lights and camera settings to ensure an easy time the next day for Derek.
After we had everything set up, I asked him to go get some interesting prop and I would see if I could make him something nice. He came back with a big road case that has a lot of sentimental value from all of his years playing music. I still made use of the 3 light setup, however instead of using the third front light to really light up Ansley I used it to brighten up the case.
This shot sat unedited for a while until I finally had that “ah ha” moment and was ready to work on it. Turns out it was the winner of the bunch and will soon be printed on a large canvas for him to hang in his new loft apartment. I love it when stories have a happy ending.
Merry Christmas everyone! This coming weekend will be my last weekend for the year. I will be going on vacation until the first of the year while we relocate and celebrate the holiday season. From my family to yours, have a safe, wonderful Christmas.
I started making this shot shortly after Halloween, and it took me a while to finish it. For a while there I just was lacking the inspiration and motivation needed to create something really killer. Usually I don’t get too creative unless I am running low on sleep and I just happened to be sleeping really good there for a while and living stress free. Who knew that could ever be a bad thing? I really wanted to show this image off around Thanksgiving but unfortunately I have been pretty busy around here with life in general and I haven’t been able to share the final image, or the process and layers used to make it. I am excited that I finally had the time to sit down and write this up so, without further ado, I give you “The Butcher” Hit the jump for all the awesome details and breakdowns as well as the final image. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Happy Tuesday folks!
I have been so busy lately, that I have not managed to actually pick up the camera to create anything new so I have resorted to going through some of my older work and seeing what I can make new from it. Its been kinda fun, trying some new stuff and actually making some shots that I have had sitting around wondering what to do with useful.
Heres my mediocre attempt that a billboard. I wish I had used a better picture for the billboard, something that would be more believable. The question is, is this something I want to explore again?
A proof of concept so to speak of adding a picture to an already existing billboard.
A few weeks ago I had to pleasure of working with 4 of the brand ambassadors for 1st Step Pro-Wellness. It’s hard to complain when you are surrounded by 4 beautiful ladies, let me tell ya. It took a while, but I finally was able to get around to editing the images. There were some neat props available to us, at least, as far as seating was concerned so I really tried to use them. Does it make sense that 2 women are in a bathtub fully clothed with another 2 standing behind them? Of COURSE not! But who cares, we had a blast. (Even IF the leg kept falling off the bathtub!)
I was invited as a guest of Mike Allen (GMA Photography) to attend this shoot and it was really fun to watch him work. He graciously let me snap some photos after he was done since there was still some time left. It was a fantastic experience to say the least. Hit the jump to see all the images, as well as links to First Step Pro-Wellness supplements, and GMA Photography. You wont want to miss them!
Its been a while since my daughter has wound up in front of the camera, so the other morning I finally had a chance to make it happen. Lately she has gotten wise to cameras (at least little camera phones and pocketable cameras) so I was concerned she wouldn’t be too warm to standing in front of all the big lights. I knew I had to work fast, so before she woke up one morning I got everything set up and ready. All I had to do was pluck her out of bed, apply the “makeup” and she hammed it up for me for a few minutes. What a relief!