Grace and confidence. Two things everyone should either possess or strive for. This is why I enjoy photographing dancers. Capturing a person in their own little world is magic. Here are a few of my favorite shots from an afternoon with Julia. Thanks to Ciara for assisting on the shoot!
For this shoot I mixed it up with natural light and strobes. My go to strobe is the Paul C. Buff Einstein E640. The quality of light and flash duration blows me away for action shoots. Perfection every time and I am also a big fan of their modifier durability and portability.
Just a few minutes outside of New York City is a world of industrial buildings that were formerly used to produce everything from fine silks to guns. That’s been my headquarters for the past month and it’s been so much fun finding interesting spots to shoot.
For portrait photography, I have different tastes. Sometimes I like it straight forward and without any distraction. But most of the time I like it to feel lived in. Shooting in a space that has been lived in, or worked in, lends itself to giving the person a bit more gravity in the scene. They absorb the essence of what the space is about. Hard work and determination are skills we can all relate to regardless of the line of work we’re in.
Mia has the energy and confidence you would expect from someone that models. It’s natural for her. I’ve also worked with models that are sort of shy in person, but convey a whole different feeling once we start shooting together. This was a great shoot from top to bottom and I’m happy to share some of my favorites from the session along with a couple behind the scenes shots courtesy of my assistant Lew Monty.
This was my second time shooting with Crystal in Asbury Park. For the first time, check out this blog post. It was one of those days where black and white was on my mind, so this is heavier on black and white photographs than color ones.
We did some high-flying maneuvers off a park bench, played with shadows and took advantage of a day free of Atlantic Ocean swimmers and fishermen. I think our next shoot together will take place in outer space. If you don’t have the energy to keep up with her, you will fail as her photographer.
Alex made a long trek from Pittsburgh, PA for a fashion shoot down the New Jersey shore at Salt Studios. That is quite a hike so the fact that someone would drive that far to work with me is a great honor. Building up the modeling portfolio is something I’ve become quite good at doing. Especially for those that jive with my sense of humor.
I used a combination of simple strobes, a Paul C. Buff ring flash and scrims to get many different looks. The key to doing a model test is showing them in many different settings and lighting setups to give a client a good sense of what their model is capable of.
Special thanks to Cleri Models for the shoot, Wanida Chopra for doing hair/makeup and, of course, Lew Monty for assisting.
Carly showed up bundled and ready to run around Somerville for some fun Christmas lifestyle shots. (I had to resist the temptation of doing the entire shoot inside YESTERcades or Sushi Palace. I have no idea why I decided to shoot near these temptations!) Locations included Division Street and the Somerville train station.
Healthcare Fraud Shield commissioned me to design a trade show materials including a photo shoot portraying a mystic theme. We agreed that a gypsy/fortune teller story would be interesting to explore.
Since the photos will be featured in a direct mail campaign, it was important to use vibrant colors and interesting ways of displaying the information. The lighting setup include a softbox for the overall scene and speed lights for the crystal ball and green gel on the rim light for our model’s hair.
Here is the postcard and flyer I designed that will be distributed to event attendees. Thanks to Stone Mountain Printing in Woodbridge, New Jersey for the sweet print job.
I added a facet to this lifestyle modeling session that I haven’t tried before. Bubbles. The idea came to me as summer slowly slips through our fingers. Soon everyone in New Jersey will be wearing snowboots and wool. Before that happens I wanted to do something with a fun nod to summer. Armed with $4.00 worth of bubbles from the dollar store we went to the train bridge at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey. The graffiti on the walls always brings a nice texture to things and I thought it complimented the theme nicely.
The final bubble blowing image is actually a composite of many photos of the bubbles being blown in front of the camera. Here’s what that looked like while I was working on it:
Before I forget to mention it, let’s rewind to the part of the day before I arrived to the shoot location. A great blue heron was spotted in the little creek that flows through Johnson Park and under River Road:
…And now, without further interruption, select photos from the bubble blowing bonanza…
It was a rainy day, but everyone was a trooper and pulled off amazing shots. Besides the rain, fog was everywhere! When we first arrived there was barely a drop of rain and by the end it was pouring. I give Mallory a lot of credit for sticking it out because it’s not easy. Special thanks to the ever helpful LEW MONTY for assisting and shielding us from the storm. Also, special thanks to my 7D for continuing to come out of storms like a champ. It’s a damn good camera. Yay weather sealing! Last but not least, thanks to Trendi for providing us with the bracelets.