October, 2010

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Tenaya – Playing with Light

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I had the fun, new opportunity to do a portrait session at night… 10:30 at night actually. A friend of mine at work asked me to take photos of her daughter and her date before they went to the homecoming dance Friday night. I thought this would be a great chance to experiment with using off-camera flashes at night to create some unique lighting. I love shots at night that backlight the subject with a ring of light and I thought I could use that idea in a new way. My buddy and fellow photographer, Todd, joined me in downtown to help me with the lighting. After scoping out the options downtown, we decided to focus out efforts in one of the alleys that had a cool metal staircase.

We decided to go with a simple two light setup because didn’t have want to take too much time with lights so they could get to the dance – one for the backlight and one firing through an umbrella for the front. For the staircase shots, we placed the flash on the ground so it fired up through the stairs creating a cool lighting effect. Here are some of the photos…

Little Layton

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

WOW! I didn’t realize it had been so long since I posted anything here. I’ll try not to let that happen again. I actually have several photo shoots that I need to write about and I’ll do my best to catch up. I did a photo shoot for a friend of mine last weekend. She wanted me to take some photos of her 5 month old nephew, Layton, and surprise her brother and sister-in-law with some family shots too. We decided I would meet Lacey at her house and do the photos there. Layton’s dad is a big hunter and loves the outdoors so we decided to make it more personal for him and use a simple camouflage blanket as the background. We spread the blanket on the bed, and attached the blanket to the headboard to make the background, put a pillow under the blanket to prop Layton up on so he could look up better and just used one simple flash in an umbrella for the light. It was a very easy setup and I think they turned out great. Layton was super easy to work with and was in a great mood.

I took the parents to downtown conway to get some shots of the family. I think they turned out great too. They loved the shots!