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.
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
Summertime brings warmer temperatures and cooler clothes. I worked with a talented male model, Brandon Quigley, on a fashion shoot this week in Atlanta. The outfit he styled was white chinos with dark blue v-neck sweater, overlaid with army green vest, and vans.
Brandon brought a great vibe to the photo session, which definitely transfers to the images, with his professionalism and laid-back attitude. Although it was a typically hot summer day in the South, we got some really great shots together.
One aspect of photography that I enjoy is working with the elements to get interesting photographs. In these pictures I tried to let the sun and heat naturally influence the angles that were chosen and poses we concentrated on. To try and ignore the environment for the sake of the photo might have been a real struggle, leading to an unproductive outing. But, I think we produced better and more creative photos by accepting the conditions and using them to guide the shoot.
Last week I raced impending rain clouds to complete a fashion photo shoot with the lovely model, Laura Rozar. Nestled in between the blooming flowers of a perennial garden, Laura posed for the camera, checked the most recent images, and quickly adjusted her pose. Working with another should be a collaboration, and I appreciate a model who can not only take instruction but turn around and offer more–an improvement, or creative idea–as she did in the photo above.
The outfit being modeled in these photos, a peach crop-top paired with a hot-pink skirt, was a vivid standout among the greenery of the garden. Despite the brilliant color combinations, I also wanted to capture at least one photo as a sensitive black-and-white portrait study and emphasize the lighting rather than the colors. See below, I think it turned out well and is a great example of the connection between camera and subject.
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.
Naomi is a fashion model here in Atlanta whose work I’ve admired. Circumstances worked out and we got to collaborate on a photo shoot together at a beautiful garden location.
Naomi was a real pro and it made the photo session very easy and laid back. The clothes were great and she looked great modelling them, and we ended up with several shots that I really like.
On the next shot, we found a concrete staircase that perfectly matched her dress. I like to get a variety of shots, and the absence of color here helped this set to stand out from the colorful photos in the garden.
I want to conclude with a beautiful close-up of Naomi that’s nearer in style to portrait photography than fashion photography, and was one of my favorites from the day.