Language of Love

Portland Bride & Groom - Language of Love

I’m very proud of this shoot for Portland Bride & Groom for a number of reasons.

1 – Even though it’s a fashion and still life piece, the look of the work is very much my style. I like to think of myself as a stylistic photographer, so I love it when a shoot comes out very different from my main niches, yet looks like something I would shoot.

2 – The still life shots were done using available light, but the model shots were done using Profoto strobes. I’ve tried a number of things to replicate the look of window light artificially, but never was quite happy with the result. On this shoot, I discovered something that was a huge breakthrough for me technically.  I usually try a bounce light first which I did here with two heads with magum reflectors bouncing into a white panel. The “ah ha” moment came when I  put two 4×8 diffusion panels close to the model to soften the light even more and that created a wrap around light that looks natural. I also added a little kicker light off a silver reflector for the catchlights and to reduce the shadow side of her face a tad. I’ve used the same technique a number of times since this shoot and it’s just a fantastic go to when you don’t have available light to work with. Here’s a diagram:

3 – I thought the skin retouching I did on the model came out really beautiful and natural. Honestly, she really didn’t much and Celena Rubin did an excellent job with the hair & makeup, but the light pass I did really made her pop in print. The best part is it took my no time at all using onOne’s PhotoTools plugin for Photoshop.

Here are the rest of the tearsheets. Credits below. Continue reading “Language of Love” »

Portland Bride & Groom – Bright Ideas

Once in a while, it’s fun to get outside your comfort zone and shoot something totally different than you normally do. Case in point, this beautiful floral feature I shot for Portland Bride & Groom’s Winter/Spring 2012 issue.

Art Director Samantha Gardner approached me with the concept for this shoot several months before we shot it. The shoot was scheduled for October, so we decided to go with a studio shoot so we wouldn’t have to worry about the weather. She wanted a hard, high key, quality to the lighting to emphasize the bright colors of the floral arrangements. Shooting on white really added to the pop and I love how clean and crisp the images came out.

For you lighting geeks out there, I basically used a beauty dish on a Profoto for my main light. I would use a few fill cards here and there as well.

This kinds of shoot takes a lot of helping hands. Here are all the credits that made this shoot a success.

Art Director: Samantha Gardner / Portland Bride & Groom
Model: Natalie Morris / Option Model and Media
Hair/Makeup: Celena Rubin / Option Model and Media
Assistant: Justin Tunis
Location: Newspace Center for Photography
Flowers: Geranium LakeFleur:ology, Old Town FloristSammy’s Flowers
Clothing: Holly StalderMacy’sKate Spade, Lazaro, Cristin Jewels