Here’s a fun Goth inspired photo shoot with a model from South Carolina.
I wanted to combine her look with gritty urban decay, so we shot at an old warehouse and peach shed both along a railroad. Notice the texture of the different surfaces and how it contrasts with her porcelain skin.
I enjoy utilizing juxtaposition to create levels of interest–smooth/rough, delicate/strong, beauty/decay. There are a thousand combinations that could be included in photography.
All images copyright Notes Of Light~Photography, 2016.
Enjoyed working with model/actor Michael Franji this past week. We shot for about an hour in an urban park setting, which allowed us to get a variety of looks. Michael was easy-going and confident, so we were able to work quickly getting these shots.
The black & white at the top of this page was the last shot of the day. He posed on an overlook while I stood below in the park and photographed him with the high-rise in the background. I wanted to use the building’s edge as multiple leading lines to the subject. The unusual angle helps make this shot interesting, and while the color image was good I like the contrast of the black & white best.
Water features also are great for punching up a portrait. Here, I posed Michael by a pond and took the photo while balancing on the same rock wall. With the mostly green/yellow color tone, the blue sweater/black jeans really pop, bringing the subject into the foreground.
Experimentation is a great way to learn to use background elements. Always accentuate, rather than distract from the model.
All images copyright Notes Of Light~Photography, 2016.
Many people believe that to capture the best natural light photographs you need a lot of bright sunshine. But most photographers will tell you to be careful with strong overhead sunshine and to take advantage of all kinds of weather to achieve a wide variety of quality shots. These 3 photographs, from a photo session this week, were made during a morning that saw more mist than not.
I booked a fashion photo shoot with an actress and model, Allison Cain, here in Atlanta and we met at our outdoor location, but because of the weather decided to move to a nearby, more suitable spot. Photographers have to be flexible with things that come up, and so I try to maintain a positive vibe with everyone I work with.
Allison, who was a treat to work with–a real pro, styled a couple of unique handmade peasant dresses for the shoot. Although we originally went for a modern hippie look, because of the new location and an added accessory, the look changed in ways that were unexpected but probably better than originally anticipated.
The cranberries, when added to the look of the white dress and the woodsy location, lent those photos a mythological feel–maybe with an air of modern wood nymph. While the blue and green peasant dress paired with the grain mill setting made Allison seem transported from the mid-1800’s. Her portrait above could be a book cover or movie poster from a period piece.
Anyway, change is good and forces you to be creative. Even when change is small things work out in surprising ways. We got so many good shots, I’ll have to add more in a later post. Many thanks to Allison for a great time shooting fashion together. Cheers!
All photographs copyright Notes Of Light~Photography, 2016
My most recent photo session was with Emmaline, an Australian singer and model. When I conceived the idea of a nighttime shoot in front of a street-full of Christmas lights, I wanted to collaborate with the right model. I always try to match each person I photograph with a specific idea for their shoot.
Emmaline was up for the idea and we talked a bit about wardrobe. After arriving on time, which photographers always appreciate, she rocked this beautiful, white empire-waist dress. I love how the white gives a natural high contrast to the darkness of the night.
I knew the cascade of blue lights in the backdrop would photograph well with her eyes, but the bubblegum-pink lip gloss was a bonus, and added just the right small splash of opposite color to the shots.
Although it was chilly, Emmaline didn’t complain, but kept her good nature. I had a great time working with her. She had just the right balance being laid-back and professional. I look forward to next time.
All photographs copyright Notes Of Light~Photography, 2015
Typically I don’t shoot professional photography indoors, but I had a fashion shoot and wanted to pair the beautiful model and her clothes with a futuristic, industrial setting. I decided on a particular subway station after scouting for awhile, because I believed it would fulfill my vision of that juxtaposition.
The model I worked with, Brittani Bumb, was particularly talented and professional. Not only is she a fashion model, but she is also a clothing designer which, I believe, allows her to really know the clothes she’s wearing and how to effectively model different aspects of that wardrobe.
This was a really enjoyable shoot and we achieved some great shots together. It was also good to break out of my usual natural light photography and work in an environment with artificial lighting. I believe you can’t grow unless you challenge yourself.
Photographing men’s fashion has to be approached a little differently than a women’s fashion shoot. While the basic plan of getting interesting and clear pictures is the same, consideration is made for more masculine settings, poses, and photo treatments. Dillan Moore, an Atlanta based model, runs a popular style blog called Moore Than Style and needed some fresh shots for three new outfits.
In the above photo, Dillan is modeling clothes from American Eagle Outfitters, and because of the casual look we photographed at a mountain location, with more active poses rather than stationary poses.
This dapper and inspired look required a more formal backdrop, so we shot on the lawn that was reminiscent of a southern mansion estate. Here the posing is a more static menswear style of pose, to match Dillan’s more dignified, but fun, appearance.
The same can be said for this London influenced outfit. To convey a proper British feel, we again used the stately facade of the building as a backdrop. I wanted the grain of the granite to accentuate the texture of his tweed, and I made careful adjustments in the editing process to really capture the “heaviness” of both the stone and wool. This was shot after clouds moved in which also contributed to the British-ness of image.
I enjoyed working with Dillan who arrived ready to work and who seems to have a lot going for him. Check in to his blog as he will soon be posting more of our men’s fashion photos.
Sometimes everything just goes right, and an experience is smooth and clicks. This photo shoot was like that: weather, timing, chemistry, and model’s ability were all top notch.
I met model Laura Pendleton for our scheduled shoot one morning and she was on time, professional, and ready to work. It’s always in the best interest of models who work with natural light photographers to be on time, because outdoor light changes quickly and that affects the quality of the photographs.
Although it was a bright morning, for this picture, above, we shot in a quarry in the shade. I like to capture some essence of the weather, and it being a chilly morning the blue tint of the granite and shadow really gave the photo a “cool” feel. Plus, because of that tint, the model’s top contrasts extremely well and her eyes really “pop.”
In these four beautiful shots, each has a different look based on how high the sun is and different amounts of shade and reflection. That variety helps a portfolio, whether it’s a photographer’s or a model’s.
Laura, despite being fairly new to modeling, is a natural at it and looks great. We got along well and were able to try several ideas, looks, and poses before the session ended. My only complaint is that with her help I ended up with too many great shots from which to choose!
When Gina Rivera and I decided to work together, I picked out a specific look for her that I believed would be fun and beautiful. As you can see from the photos she looks amazing in suspenders, bow tie, and bowler hat.
As a model, Gina is very versatile (which is apparent by seeing her portfolio) but she had not modeled this style before. To compliment her look we shot her photographs at a historic courthouse near Atlanta. For the photo above, I took an extremely low angle to capture her against the clock tower.
It was late in the day and the setting sun provided us with rays from the legendary “golden hour” of portrait photography, enhancing the gold tint and soft lighting that you can see in the picture above.
Hope you readers enjoy these photos as much as I do–would love to hear comments on favorites.
Atlanta should become known for having a great modeling scene. I had another good photo shoot, this time with a nice local model, the beautiful Tayla Morris. Even though it had rained for several hours and the temperature was beginning to drop, soon to land in the 20’s, she showed up ready to work our outdoor session.
She posed for my camera like a champ, never complaining about the cold, gusty wind. Only after I asked her did she admit to being cold. But we still managed to get photos like this:
Photographers appreciate it when models give their best even when conditions aren’t so good. Towards the end of the photo shoot Tayla braved a wardrobe change, putting on a short sleeve shirt for some final shots, including this amazing one: