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Senior Portrait Session

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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!


All images copyright © Notes Of Light~Photography, 2014-2016

Night Light Session

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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

Senior 2016

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
I had a great time working with this local Gwinnett student on her senior portraits. She was friendly, relaxed, and ready to start shooting at our appointment first thing in the morning. One of the goals for a photographer is to catch the personality of the subject in their work, but that often depends on the subject. No problem here, she did great.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Her teal dress complimented her perfectly and really gave the images an added pop. We decided on a scenic location where a barn and wildflowers would provide the photographs an interesting backdrop without being distracting.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

As a double athlete at her school, she wanted some of the photos to display her love of sports. I love to tailor photography towards the subjects’ interests and in this photo she got to show off her softball skills.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Photographing high school seniors is memorable because you’re catching them at a significant and special time of their lives filled with promise. It’s a bright future that she has to look forward to after high school!


All photos copyright Notes Of Light~Photography, 2015.

Post-Production Fun

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Every once and a while I take a photograph from one of my portrait photo sessions and spend some time doing extra post-production work to achieve a special effect. This work can take a few minutes or it can take several hours. These enhanced photos are all generally for my own fun with no real intent, but I thought I’d share a few from over the past several months.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

While these types of pictures can look inspired, usually a good deal of experimentation and rough drafts precede the finished product. For each of these, there might have been ten attempts to get the final version.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

But, it’s all about having fun, being creative, and working it until you get a product that you enjoy. Since the advent of digital photography this type of post-production has become more and more popular; the spectrum of image manipulation and relative ease at which its accomplished can’t be matched.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

I tried to choose four photos that I produced that have very different effects. I know readers will have their own great opinions–let me know in the comments which of these you like!

All images copyright Notes Of Light~Photography 2014-2015

Senior Portrait Time

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

School is almost back in session, and for rising high school seniors that means a hope-filled, exciting year full of activities, studies, and fun. For seniors wanting to commemorate that time of their life nothing is more special than having your senior portrait made.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

While most schools will arrange for the traditional yearbook image, more and more people are turning to professional photographers to take individualized casual photos of their senior. With interesting locations, special interest themes (like sports, music, etc.), and relaxed poses, these photographs can truly represent the student.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

This senior and I had a great time on his photo shoot. For me each shoot is like a mini-adventure where I get to explore, hangout with interesting people, and take part in someone’s memories. What could be better than that?

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Summer Fashion Photography

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Garden Photo Shoot

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Subway Fashion Photography

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

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.

Senior Portrait

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Another fun photo shoot, this one with a nice young man posing for his casual senior portraits.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
A memorable photograph is one that captures the personality of the subject, and I like the one above, particularly, because it has a genuine quality.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Location, even when it is a secondary subject, is important and says much. We chose an urban environment for his shoot, to convey progress, potential, and an exciting future.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
It’s nice to be a part of people’s memorable moments. A little planning, a little spontaneity, and preparation helps to capture those great images they will keep a lifetime.</div.

Snow Day

Atlanta gets a good snow about once every three years and this year we’ve already had two. Because its usually such a rarity, everything from work to school gets cancelled, and with that extra free time I get to experiment more with photography.

Everything is different when shooting in snow: lighting, colors, reflection, handling the camera, shivering — you get the idea. But for me it is a opportunity that doesn’t come around too often, so I enjoy it a lot.

I grabbed a pear to add some color to a few shots, setting it in different places, and I liked the contrast between the white snow and mottled skin.  For the photo in front of the barn I used a flash to reflect off the falling snowflakes, highlighting them and making them more noticeable.  Thanks for visiting, time to go sledding…

Lindsay

I recently had the chance to work with an amazing young adult named Lindsay Rutledge.  It turned out to be a really fun shoot, of which I was not in the least surprised. I’ve known her for several years and have always been impressed by her.

Lindsay has a great voice and is one of the main vocalists with a popular praise band, House Of The Rock, in Atlanta. She has achieved much with her voice, even singing to a packed Super Dome in New Orleans. Aside from her vocal talents, Lindsay has a beautiful soul which I hope I was able to show even a little of in this photo set. It was hard to narrow her pictures down to just a few–she looked great in all of them–so I ended up choosing my personal favorites.

Round Two

Hello everyone, thanks for joining me as I make my way back into photography after a long absence.  Aside from the occasional snapshot on affordable cameras, it’s been years since I’ve endeavored to take a soul-satisfying photograph.

When I was younger, my goal was to ultimately be a photographer with National Geographic (lofty, huh?) so I took classes, practiced with an old but nice camera, and learned darkroom arts. But along the way I was also discovering music, and that soon became an all-consuming lifestyle.  I suppose its appropriate that I have both disciplines in me as one parent is a visual artist and the other a musician and writer. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

After having received a degree in music, my career as a guitarist and bass player stayed the course.  Over the years I have had the pleasure of performing in several rock bands and teaching over 13,000 lessons, but it wasn’t until a couple of life-clarifying moments during the last few months that I realized I missed the art of photography. Really, really missed. Now armed with a decent camera, the techniques, inspirations, and joy that I once knew of working at this craft are slowly emerging.

So begins my journey back as I rediscover that passion.

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