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.
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
Congratulations are in order for this lovely couple on their 5oth wedding anniversary. They celebrated by having a portrait session to mark the occasion.
Because their anniversary falls close to Christmas, they also used their favorite shot on a Christmas card to send to family and friends.
As I worked with them, I could see why they made it to 50. They were very sweet with each other and showed each other respect and patience. It was a real joy to be a part of their portrait celebration.
All photography 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
I frequently get to go to the lovely Georgia locale called St. Simon’s Island, and the last time there had another opportunity to shoot portraits on the beach. With water, sand, breezes, and lots of natural light–seaside is one of my favorite places for photography. I love to see how those elements come together in the still image.
Trust me, take a trip to the beach, find some time to take photos, and look for all the wonderful ingredients that can make an interesting photo. You don’t have to be a professional to experiment and have fun.
As one of Georgia’s Golden Isles, St. Simon’s is the most inhabited, but each of the other islands offers its own brand of charm for photographers and vacationers. There are many more pictures to be made, and many more to be made at beautiful St. Simon’s, so I’ll be back there soon.
Getting to shoot a portrait session out of state was a wonderful opportunity; there were new landscapes, people to meet, and many beautiful sights. This time it was a photo shoot with an amazing young lady.
Choosing an accessory or two for the model to sport can really make a simple outfit particularly eye-catching. Here I had her wear a scarf and an antique hat over a plain tank top. While she would look pretty either way, the accessories push the photo to another level of interesting.
The same can be said for going barefoot. This change in wardrobe makes the pose, in the shot above, more organic. Now shoeless, she appears to be perching by the creek–a more compelling pose, in this instance, than simply squatting. I’ve learned over time that sometimes small adjustments can mean big improvements in portrait photography.
Last week I teamed up with my friend Sandra for a photography portrait session where all the photos involved glass. This is a project I had been wanting to try for awhile, but I wanted to find the right person to model, someone who could convey different moods and capture the viewers attention. Sandra is beautiful and a wonderful singer, one who connects easily with the music and audience and so I knew she’d be perfect. Besides, she is easy-going and I thought she would be pretty patient with me and the whole process of staging the shots!
I love evocative photographs that stir the imagination. In the first photo, Sandra is gazing at the clouds in pensive thought and those same clouds are reflected in the window of the car, giving the whole photo a dreamy effect. In the next photo, below, the viewer becomes an active part of the story by her direct look at the camera.
After we experimented with many shots through glass to achieve different effects, I wanted to join her on the other side of the window. With streaming light coming in and highlighting her from behind, I shot this more traditional portrait. As well as the pose and lighting, I like the way the little splashes of vivid color and the complementary colors play, and the texture of the coat.
With the popularity of modern-day fairy tales on TV and the movies, such as Grimm, Once Upon A Time, Snow White And The Huntsman, and Maleficent, I decided to try my own take on the theme.
These shots of Red Riding Hood were taken during the winter and near dusk to help with the overall mood of the photos. The model did a great job of maintaining a lonely/apprehensive expression throughout the shoot to help convey the story. I used several props, but the cape really was the clincher. Because of the velvety material the red color looked super-saturated in the photos and needed no enhancement.
I thought the photo set turned out great — tell me which photo you like the most.
Twilight on shore of lake
Red Riding Hood portrait by Notes Of Light ~ Photogrpahy
Pausing at the mill, photography by Notes Of Light