L’Oasis Floral Design at The American Museum of Natural History

L’Oasis Floral Design at The American Museum of Natural History

Documenting A Floral Masterpiece

It’s not every day that I get to visit New York City on the day the Pope Francis and United Nations are both in town. Lew Monty and I packed up and headed in by train. We gave ourselves PLENTY of time to get into Manhattan in order to get around any potential traffic tie-ups. Worst case scenario I wore running shoes if we had to walk 50 blocks.

Alas the subway trains were running smooth as butter and we arrived early. Our job was to document the setup and final look of the venue. It was a pleasure working in an environment with so many things going on at once. That’s the magic of the creative process. The chaos before the ultimate reward of looking at the finished product.

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Designer: L’Oasis Floral Design http://www.loasisfloraldesign.com
Assistant: Lew Monty
Venue: The American Museum of Natural History http://www.amnh.org

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

L'Oasis Floral Design at Museum of Natural History

 

 

You Have The Right To Remain Adorable.

Blake is a little guy that really couldn’t have been easier to photograph. I usually give new parents a few helpful tips to increase the chances of a happy baby during the session. But you never really know how things will go. Mom and Dad did an awesome job!

I like to do a little bit of posing with infants, but for the most part it’s important to simply document the family. It was important that we work Jack’s uniform into a shot. Props can enhance or take away from a scene. If done right they tell a story. If done wrong, it’s just a baby dressed as a teddy bear hanging from a tree limb in a wicker basket. Cute…but not telling a story that ties to the family.

As we finished getting the uniform placed perfectly on the bed, Blake nodded off. You, sir, have just become the ideal baby client. What you see in the final image isn’t a Photoshop composite. Dude is just asleep and looking pretty happy about it.

Congratulations, Reiners!

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Model Ashley Nicole in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Most of the time I shoot digital, but I still mix it up and shoot film whenever it makes sense. I particularly love the look of the Mamiya 645 with a 150mm lens on it. Almost a perfect combination. Throw some sweet Kodak Portra 400 in that bad boy and you…are…SET. Since film requires a slower approach, each time I return to digital I respect the many, many advantages digital has. My one wish in my digital workflow is a realistic film grain tool in Lightroom. Come on, Adobe, let’s get on that.

The images that kick of this series are shot pointing the camera right at a setting sun. The way the film renders sunsets is really special to me. It feels inviting and you can almost feel the warmth enveloping you.

For the trippy images taken in front of McLoone’s and Wonder Bar, I used a prism to bend the environment around Ashley. I didn’t like the lack of light in the background. The prism gives me the ability to frame her appropriately with lamp posts and other objects in the area.

In most cases I like to develop my own film and do so in my bathtub. After the negatives are dry, I scan them and do very light retouching to eliminate any dust or water spots.

If you are interested in purchasing a camera setup similar to this, I highly recommend KEH Camera. They have excellent customer service and real human beings work there if you have a question about anything.

Model: Ashley Nicole
Assistant: Lew Monty

Equipment: Mamiya 645 PRO, Mamiya 150mm f/3.5, Mamiya 55mm f/2.8, Kodak Portra 160 & 400