Portait of A Dear Friend

Retro

It’s not every day I get to have some studio time with friends, especially when they live half way across the country. Abby is no stranger to being in front of her own lens, but being in front of someone else’s lens was something extra-ordinary. So, after some coaxing, and a lot of encouragement, we got down to do some shooting together. It was an honor to shoot this stunningly beautiful woman.

Retro

Retro

Armed and ...

Armed and ...

Retro II

Retro II

Mischievous Eyes

Mischievous Eyes

Chained Heart

Chained Heart

Mother & Son

Mother & Son

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The Boudoir Pin-up Shoot – Part 3

Classic Beauty B&W

We shifted gears a little bit for Wendy’s part of the shoot. We concentrated heavily on the ink that she had done, which only enhances her striking presence.

I first met Wendy at a wedding last year, when I approached her to see if she would be willing to model for me, she said, “Absolutely!” So we tried to schedule a shoot before she went on a six month dream vacation to Australia (a dream for me at least) and when she returned, we wasted no time to get her in front of the lens. So, with no further ado, here is Wendy…

 

Wendy

Wendy

Fearless

Fearless

Untitled

Untitled

Humming Bird

Humming Bird

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

God's Not Finished With Me Yet

God's Not Finished With Me Yet

Heart Breaker

Heart Breaker

Heart Broken

Heart Broken

Classic Beauty

Classic Beauty

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Kayleigh’s Dance Portraits

Kayleigh Posing with Ballet Slippers

Kayleigh is once again in the spotlight in this small series of pictures. When it comes to dancing, she is an uninhibited spirit. I am not sure if she likes dancing, or dressing up for dancing. Anyway you slice it, she will ham it up for you when a camera is pointed in her general direction.

Kayleigh Posing with Ballet Slippers

Kayleigh Posing with Ballet Slippers

Kayleigh Ready to Dance

Kayleigh Ready to Dance

Kayleigh Ready to Dance

Kayleigh Ready to Dance

Kayleigh Ready to Dance

Kayleigh Ready to Dance

Tap Shoe Time

Tap Shoe Time

My Girl

My Girl

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Portrait Of Quintin McFadden

Quintin McFadden

Meet Quintin, a student, aspiring actor, model, and screenwriter. This gentleman has a quiet soft spoken demeanor on the surface, but do not let that fool you. He has the desire, and drive to do it all. This young talent is someone to watch for in the future, but why wait, when you can see him here, first.

Quintin McFadden

Quintin McFadden

Quintin McFadden

Quintin McFadden

Quintin McFadden

Quintin McFadden

Quintin McFadden

Quintin McFadden

Quintin McFadden

Quintin McFadden

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The Beautiful Baby Portrait

Re-assureance

When my cousin Sandy said she was coming to California to visit from Oklahoma, and she was bringing baby Jadyn with her, I was excited to arrange a photo session with her. We all converged at our grandparent’s house in Landers, California.

Jadyn and Sandra

Loving Hands

Shooting a wriggly little four month old has some unique challenges. Unlike older people, and models, they’re not to great at taking direction, they never look where you tell them too, and you are on their schedule.

So, over the course of a couple of days, when ever the mood struck her, we would hurry into the room we had the studio set up, and shoot as long as Jadyn remained calm.

It didn’t take long for the little one to catch on to all the commotion, and take a dislike to the studio surroundings, so the sessions became shorter and shorter. We still managed to get some great shots of her. Of course it really wasn’t that hard when you have such a beautiful subject.

Re-assureance

Re-assurance

Entertaining Jadyn

Entertaining Jadyn

Oh, The Joys of Motherhood

Oh, The Joys of Motherhood

My Teddy!

My Teddy

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The Group Photoshoot Experience

Rick talks about proper lighting.

Rick taking a flash reading.

Hello again. Today, I’m going to talk to about my experiences doing a Group Photoshoot. I have read that photographers are generally a solitary bunch. Perhaps there is a grain of truth in that statement, when you consider they tend to spend long hours honing their craft, taking pictures, and more long hours processing them. Another truth that I’ve learned is if you get a group of knowledge hungry photographers together, and a model with the patience to endure a few hours of lenses pointed at her, you’re gonna get one hell of a good time.

Thanks to Rick Rosen for hosting this event titled The Art of Boudoir Photography, I had a chance brush up on some lighting techniques, associate and make friends with fellow photographers, and come away with a boat load of pictures.

The model for the night was Bree Reardon. She deserves special thanks for putting up with us, and kudos for being able to hold a pose long enough for 18 different photographers to get the shots they needed. This may not seem like a big deal, until you realize that there were only two wireless flash triggers that were passed around, so at any given time, only two photographers had the ability to take full advantage of the light setup. That did not stop everyone else from adjusting their camera settings to try and get a shot or two in without the benefit of the flash.

There was a lot of jockeying for position, especially when there was a costume change. At one point, I had to just stand back and laugh a little. Everyone seemed to have a good time though, which was one of the main reasons for doing a meet up like this, as well as getting some practical experience and knowledge setting up lights in a studio.

Thanks again to Rick Rosen for his excellent instruction, as well as Rafael Jorge for providing the studio space, and finally to our gracious and patient model, Bree Reardon, for putting up with us.

Model: Bree Reardon

Model: Bree Reardon

Model: Bree Reardon

Model: Bree Reardon

Model: Bree Reardon

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Shooting Photographer’s Portraits

Livi the Jedi

Livi the Jedi

Fellow photographer Livi and I got together recently to do some portraits of each other. The goal was to put together some images that might be used for profiles in sites like Facebook, Flickr, and other social network sites we may join or already belong to. We had a blast playing with the lights and shooting each other. Oh, and by the way, do not adjust your screen, these are meant to be dark and moody. The only thing missing was a fog machine. Maybe next time…

This first image of Livi is a personal favorite of mine, from the moment he put the hood over his head, I pre-visualized this shot as being part of a movie poster. I’m still working out the title of the movie.

The second image (below) was another one that I envisioned before snapping the shutter. Livi wanted an image where the left side would leave some real estate for a banner, so this is what I translated his vision to be.

Half The Man

For me, we used the same hood, and sun glasses for this next shot. We used lights to brighten the shoulders, and placed lights just in front, and below the camera. I rather like this one…

The Stalker

One last picture for this post. Nothing spectacular here, black shirt, black background, and me in some cool lighting. This one is screaming put me in a web banner.

Sunglasses at Night

Well, that’s it for this post, hope you enjoyed these. I have more shots of kids coming soon, so stay tuned.

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10 Tips For a Better Portraits

Happy and Relaxed

If you’re getting a portrait done, there are a few things you can do to get better pictures from your session with your photographer that are pretty much universal. Here are some tips I’ve come up with that I think would help both you, and your photographer make the best portraits you can.

Happy and Relaxed

Happy and Relaxed

  1. Get enough sleep the night before…this cannot be stressed enough. A good night’s sleep will help you avoid having puffy bags under your eyes. Besides, it’s good for your health too.
  2. Drink lots of water the night before, this also will reduce bags under the eyes.
  3. Where a turtleneck. Believe it or not, just about everyone looks good in a turtleneck. They also hide creases in your neck if you are posed in a way where your head is turned.
  4. Solid colors are better than clothes with bright and colorful patterns, which tend to be distracting in portraits.
  5. Dark colors tend to minimize body size, while lighter colors will emphasize body size. That being said, most people tend to look better in darker clothing.
  6. Do not over look your shoes and socks, which should compliment, not contrast your outfit. The last thing you want is someone’s eyes shooting directly to your feet, and not your face in a full length portrait.
  7. Avoid wearing yellow or green. These colors can have an adverse affect on your skin color.
  8. Women should avoid wearing prominent jewelry.
  9. Guys should remember to shave, which looks better than a 5 o’clock shadow.
  10. Have fun and be easygoing, this will result in more natural, better portraits, which is what we are all striving for, right?

Well, there you have it, 10 easy things you can do to make the best of your portraits. I hope you find this information helpful.

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