School is winding down and senior portrait season is winding up, and I want to highlight a few sample photos from a recent session with a lovely young lady who is graduating.
There are certain milestones in life that deserve commemorating and high school graduation is certainly one of them. That’s why I enjoy working with families during these moments and getting to take part in a small way to help preserve those fun memories with keepsake photographs.
What a fun day we had getting these shots and a proud moment for me. Congratulations to this and all of the other graduates this year; you’ve got much to look forward to!
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
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.
As a photographer, July was a busy month for me. The types of portrait sessions that I shot ran the gamut from senior portrait, family portrait, an out-of-town beach portrait, to a modeling portrait session, seen here in this post. Although these types of sessions are all portrait based, they are distinct enough that each one had to be approached and handled differently to get the best results.
Many models will book a shoot wanting to update their portfolio with a different “look” or concept. Having a variety of looks demonstrates their versatility to potential agents and maximizes their earning power. Here, Atlanta model Abby Gamache and I picked a country girl look for her shoot.
After assembling the wardrobe, choosing an appropriate location was next in line and nothing says “country” like a barn and grassy fields. In the photograph above, the open barn entrance provided lots of beautiful indirect ambient light for Abby to pose in.
Because her halter top was covered with white stars AND because it was July, we absolutely HAD to go with some fun shots like the one below. The colors and the two similar, but different, fields of stars work well together. I love how this turned out.
Coordinating and working with Abby on this session was a fun way to start off last month. Stay tuned for more posts soon!
Two friends of mine just recently got engaged, so you can imagine how honored I felt when they asked me to shoot their official engagement portraits. It’s very exciting to get to take part in something that beautiful and special.
We scheduled an afternoon at a farm outside of Atlanta for the photo shoot and hoped for great weather. When I got there that day, they had already prepared one of the amazing locations there for a particular shot. Because they’re both musicians and because music is such a huge part of their lives, we wanted some of the photographs to really show their mutual love for it. As you’ll see, guitars and drums were incorporated into several of their portraits.
It was a great, productive time. I had a blast working with them both–besides individually they also make a great couple. I want to thank them both again for letting me take part in that day. For the readers, I want to leave you all with this last photo of Bill & Emily: I think its a powerful portrait of the two heading into the future to begin their lives together.
Here in Atlanta we have been in the midst of a dreary bit of Winter weather and there are little signs that it will let up soon. In an optimistic attempt to push the current snow, sleet, and rain from reality into memory, I’ve looked through portrait sessions from this past Spring and selected a few unpublished (until now!) photos to share with you all.
I’m glad these photos can get some airtime now; although not chosen at the time, I love the way these turned out. And they have me hoping for a quick change in the weather.
I’m reminded of warmer weather when beautiful flowers are emerging and the days begin lasting longer.
Hopefully, no matter where you live and what season you are experiencing, these pictures will brighten you readers’ worlds, as well! And as always, thanks for visiting Notes Of Light ~ 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.
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!
As winter is approaching, we’re getting less and less adequate time for photo sessions. The days are shorter, the weather less predictable and certainly chillier, too. During a quick break in the rain a couple of weeks ago, I fit in a photography shoot with Tiffany.
Tiffany is an easy going young lady, and her relaxed nature shows up in the photos. She had no problem working to get the shots we needed, laying on the damp ground for one, climbing atop a column on a bridge for another, and standing in the middle of a creek.
That relaxed personality, combined with a pretty setting and pretty subject make for winning photos. And we had a great time working together.