It's been a while since I've been around and done any posting. Things have been pretty hectic the past few months and I've done very little keeping up with forums. It's nice to see many of the gang still around and the forums here still thriving.
I would like to wish everyone here a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May this Holiday season be a true blessing for all of you.
I hope to offer some encouragement to those that are really serious about photography and hope to make a living from it. The work is out there if you're passionate about what you are doing. Things have really been looking up, I'm shooting tons of model portfolios for a local agency here, plus I have several events coming together for next year. With hard work and dedication, there's still money to be made in this wonderful art.
Here are a few images from recent sessions I would like to share. As always, critiques are welcome and I would be happy to answer any question you may have.
This first session is from a young lady that wanted a good clean head shoot for her modeling agency portfolio. These are few of the head shoots for April's portfolio.
1. Just a clean head shot.
2. Glamour head shot. Light source is a large soft box 2 feet from subject, silver fill reflector under her chin.
3. Head shot with a little creativity. Background is Thunder Gray seamless paper shot with a blue gel. Also, fan was used to put some movement into the hair.
4. Not a head shot, but I really like the overall feeling of the image. Same setup as image three.
The images from the next session are something we just winged at the last minute with no planning. Gee is the friend of a model that I worked with and she likes the work I do. This session was just bring a few things and we'll shoot.
1. Large soft box on left about 6 feet from model. Background again is seamless Thunder Gray with one light on background for separation.
2. Gee is into yoga. She was doing some stretching, so I thought we would shoot a few yoga poses. Light setup is the same as image one.
3. Changed the mood to a beauty / glamour image. Brought in the main to about 3 feet from model and added a silver reflector on her right side about 2 feet from her.
4. This image and five are from the same setup as one & two. These images are actually the first images with the wardrobe she arrived with.
6. Same basic setup as used through the whole shoot. I added a white cardboard box as a simple prop. The pose was to give a feeling of tension in the image.
7. Here the main light was changed to the opposite side for this close up portrait. A hair light was added that is a stop lower than the main to keep detail in the hat, but not give it halo effect. A reflector was just below her to soften the shadow.
Carly and her husband came for a portrait session. It was a couple days before Halloween and she had brought her vampire costume she was going to wear to a costume party. She wanted to know if I would take a few images of her in her costume. I thought if we were going to do this, we should make it look vampish. Her are a few of her vampire images.
1. The main light was straight in front of her and low for the ghoul light effect. Main light was a 16x16 inch soft box. A silver reflector was slightly behind her on each side to give some separation from the black background. The image is 1 stop over exposed on the skin tones to give it little wash out.
2. For post processing, a B&W layer was placed one top of the image and fill was brought down to 80% to let a hint of color come through.
3. This image we wanted to change the mood to more of a grieving widow and show more of the costume.