This image set was the result of a for trade test with model Becky D. and hair/makeup artist Heather Hamlet. I had found this field while scouting a few years back and used it one other time but it was time to go back and put it to good use again. The idea was fairly simple but I love the results. I have to admit the foreground elements were kind of an accident at first because I had to be so far back with my 85mm I was in tall grass. But when I realized how it could be an awesome element in the photos I went with it and I have to say it's one of my favorite parts of this set.
Here is a BTS look at how these were made!
A portrait set of my long time friend Chris Alley. I have photographed Chris several times over the years for personal projects as well as band portraits of groups he is in. He has always stood out as a favorite subject of mine so when I wanted to do a lighting test with some new equipment he was the first person I reached out to.
We had a pretty interesting lighting setup on this shoot. I had a Profoto beauty dish high and behind him creating the hair light, a 60 inch octa directly camera left filling and then the from fill was from a Profoto D1 head shooting into a 4x8 foam core about 20 feet away ( also a little camera left ). I love the results from this, it gives a nice open light that still has drama and depth.
KIT & ACE
KIT & ACE
KIT & ACE - SARAH DEWALD
I had the opportunity to collaborate with a great local blogger Sarah Dewald and an awesome fashion retailer Kit & Ace recently. I am very selective with the "test" and collaboration shoots I take on these days because I feel that anything you do for free should be worthy of your book. This fit the bill right from the get go and I was exited to see what we could come up with. The concept was fairly simple.. bright, poppy, on white, and then play with adding in colored shapes on looks it complimented.
Though our first setup was simple I did light this in a way that was new to me. We had a beauty dish as our main light then directly behind it I had a 60 inch octa box that was powered two stops below the dish. As fill I had a bare bulb Profoto D1 bouncing into a 4x8 white foam core about 15 or so feet away to really fill the room. I love this lighting and it may have been the first time I have done this but it wont be the last! There is a BTS below that shows how the main and first fill were set up.
Our second setup was really just something I asked if Sarah would do at the end of the shoot. I had just gotten this new custom hand painted canvas backdrop made and couldn't wait to try it out! The lighting on this is something fairly new to me but I love it so much. We had a beauty dish high and behind her powered a little hot then the front fill was created using that same Profoto D1 bouncing into a 4x8 foam core like the previous set. I also had the 60 inch octa far off camera left just adding a touch more directional light. This is a look I love more and more every time I use it. You can see a BTS of this setup below.
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BTS from our shots on white
Pulled back BTS from our second set
RIDGID DRILL TEST
It is obvious if you are looking at my website that I am primarily a portrait photographer. But that doesn't mean that I am never photographing products and recently I have been looking to expand my product book. I love to experiment with light and expand my knowledge to continue to grow as a photographer.
Here is a BTS from the shoot!