Monday, June 27, 2011

What to do on a rainy Sunday

So while summertime in florida is beaches and barbeques, it's also hurricane season. So every now and then you'll find yourself stuck indoors with a little rain. Sunday, I found myself catching up on edits, and playing around with some editing techniques I learned from the internet. Deviant Art is an awesome sight for photoshop tricks. I recently did a shoot with Cristin that I called 'Set Adrift'. I edited it, the way I normally do, and really loved the shots. Well, after spending an hour or two surfing deviant art, I decided to try a couple of things. Here are the results. I think they're pretty and I love 'em. Not quite the mermaid story we were searching for, but still a tale of whimsy. :) A perfect fit for my current mood.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Beauty Shooting, Guerilla Style

So this morning, I was so not feeling my day job. I was in a creative type of mood and could feel the walls closing in on me at work. Of course I took to Facebook and expressed my restlessness. Chantel Hyden suggested we use my lunch  hour to shoot. An hour? Yeah right. But then I got to thinking, and then I got excited, and then I was like *shrugs* why not? I sent out a mass text trying to find a model who was available last minute and who was down to do something crazy but fun. Marissa answered, and the lunacy began. I did a hasty run to my house for my camera, snatched an apple on the way out the door and beat feet back to work. When make-up was done, we hopped in my truck and went around the complex to a lake that I used to eat lunch by. I pulled up, popped the brake, and we jumped out. Luckily for me, not so much for my husband, I keep most of my stuff in the truck. My current obsession is my five in one. It's so awesome! Ten minutes later we piled back into the car and peeled out. I had to get back to work, you know. lol.. Anyway, there was no way we could have gotten more than two or three usable frames, right? Wrong. Marissa rocked it! She moved, and really gave me enough range so that the eighty frames I was able to squeeze out really counted. I had a hard time choosing which ones to edit. :) Here's what I chose, and I gotta say. THAT ISH WAS FUN! I love photography!!!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Test shoot at it's finest.

My latest shoot was a test shoot with MUA Chantel Hyden and model Raylin Kelly. It was a simple beauty shoot, but with all test shoots, I tried new lighting methods and got a chance to use my new lens. I LOVE getting new equipment, but I do get nervous when using it for the first time. In this case, I bought a 70-300 lens and a reflector holder. In the case of the reflector holder...not so much. It really couldn't hold the reflector at the angles I needed. Plus, I definitely need to get sandbags. So anyway, I'm in a whimsical mood, and am trying to play with lighting techniques to match my mood. It's amazing how creative you can get with natural light and a five in one reflector. :) Here are my favorite shots from the shoot. I love, love the lighting, and can't wait to continue with experimenting with natural light.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A rare flower in the gardens

So last weekend I did portraits at the botanical gardens at USF here in Tampa, and what a blast. One of my husband's coworkers wanted to shoot in her traditional Indian attire, i.e colorful saris and the like. I decided that I wanted to shoot at the botanical gardens, cause, I mean, with all the colors in the garments, what better place to shoot. Archana was so great, very open to try anything, and the resulting pics are really beautiful. It's always fun to work with someone who's not a traditional model, but is still able to emote, and sell a shot. It was definitely a pleasure to work with such an expressive person. With a visiting childhood friend giving helpful poses and suggestions, we had a blast, and was rewarded with some beautiful portraits. Here are some of the shots from our shoot.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Au Naturale

Most times when you're wrapped up in fashion photography there is the stress of makeu-up, hair, clothes, setting, and a plethora of other mundane details that go into a sucessful shoot. Every now and then I need to take a step back. It can burn you out having to obsess over every detail, especially without the help or extra set of eyes. There's nothing worse than going through a whole shoot and not realizing a garment's unbuttoned or the hair is completely out of place. When shooting I tend to have tunnel vision, and can miss a lot of small details. I now see why most magazine shoots have a whole team of assistants, and others just to see to the minor details. Anyway, I digress. The reason for this blog post is to talk about those times when I get burnt out on the details and  minutia of fashion photography. It's not really plausible for me to just stop shooting, I go nuts. Almost to the point of twitching. :) Anyway, so when I get to the point where I'm burnt out on fashion, I turn to simpler shoots. Shoots that don't require a lot in the way of clothes make-up and concepts, but artistic enough to calm the muse.
So when Laticia came to me and said she wanted to do a shoot with no make-up, very natural, I was esctatic. She just needed simple headshots for her book, right up my alley. So we headed out to a field with just my camera and us. The resulting shots are great portraits, with very minimal editing. I shot the whole thing into the sun so other than some changing of the levels, and a simple gradient filter I hardly had to touch the shots. Here are the results, very natural, and beautiful.