I had a great time working with this local Gwinnett student on her senior portraits. She was friendly, relaxed, and ready to start shooting at our appointment first thing in the morning. One of the goals for a photographer is to catch the personality of the subject in their work, but that often depends on the subject. No problem here, she did great.
Her teal dress complimented her perfectly and really gave the images an added pop. We decided on a scenic location where a barn and wildflowers would provide the photographs an interesting backdrop without being distracting.
As a double athlete at her school, she wanted some of the photos to display her love of sports. I love to tailor photography towards the subjects’ interests and in this photo she got to show off her softball skills.
Photographing high school seniors is memorable because you’re catching them at a significant and special time of their lives filled with promise. It’s a bright future that she has to look forward to after high school!
All photos copyright Notes Of Light~Photography, 2015.
These are random shots representing two other aspects of photography, besides portraiture styles, that I enjoy: architecture and nature. The church above is Lovely Lane Chapel at Epworth By The Sea, St. Simons Island, Georgia. A charming old building from the 1880’s, in a charming location, it had to be photographed. Couldn’t resist.
Also on St. Simons is this grand old cedar tree overlooking the water, gnarled and twisted from the constant beach breezes. I took several photos from different angles trying to decide on its “best” side of interesting textures in the light and shadow. Only later did I decide to convert it to black and white.
Just steps away, I walked by this cluster of mushrooms sprouting in the damp grass. I photographed this quirky little fungus by getting down beside it right at eye level. The canopy of the cedar tree, from the previous picture, makes a splendid backdrop for this stark white mushroom.
Several folks walked by and chuckled at the sight of me stretched out in the wet grass. But I was vindicated by another photographer who stopped, nodded approvingly, and told me where to find some more of these interesting and short models to shoot.
All photos copyright Notes Of Light~Photography, 2015
Every once and a while I take a photograph from one of my portrait photo sessions and spend some time doing extra post-production work to achieve a special effect. This work can take a few minutes or it can take several hours. These enhanced photos are all generally for my own fun with no real intent, but I thought I’d share a few from over the past several months.
While these types of pictures can look inspired, usually a good deal of experimentation and rough drafts precede the finished product. For each of these, there might have been ten attempts to get the final version.
But, it’s all about having fun, being creative, and working it until you get a product that you enjoy. Since the advent of digital photography this type of post-production has become more and more popular; the spectrum of image manipulation and relative ease at which its accomplished can’t be matched.
I tried to choose four photos that I produced that have very different effects. I know readers will have their own great opinions–let me know in the comments which of these you like!
All images copyright Notes Of Light~Photography 2014-2015