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
Hi everyone. I’m a little behind in posting my recent shoots, so thanks for being patient. In this post I’m excited to show a photoshoot I had with a fresh new teen model from Atlanta named Amber. She wanted four distinct fashion and style looks for her portfolio, and when you look at these pictures you’ll see that she nailed it. In the top photo she is modeling an elegant gown, so to really feature her I went for soft lighting, and a natural landscape with minimal distractions.
In the shot above, to best get an edgy, fierce fashion look we took to the streets to get a few shots. What I really, really like about these two above is her hair. I wanted the sun to illuminate her beautiful tresses this way, so I had her pose where she would be backlit to highlight the volume and wavy texture.
For another pretty and sophisticated look, we used an antique saucer and tea cup as a prop. The color of the prom dress really helps make this shot along with Amber’s relaxed pose and the water background.
Good models are actresses for the camera, and should be able to get a variety of looks at a moments notice. Out of these four photos, I think this one was the most natural, a more sweet and demure expression to go with the flower theme. She obviously has talent and will do well in the business.
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!
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.
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.
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.