This image was fun to make and I got to help a local Yoga studio in the process.
The room was boringly plain and beige – perfect. My idea was to use a variety of strobes and candles to add complementing colors to the room.
I placed a small strobe with a blue gel on the floor behind my model pointing back toward the wall. To her left was my main light – a warm-colored strobe in a softbox. One strobe went into each of the fixtures on the far wall to simulate being on and colored the way I wanted them.
Candles completed the look and the composition of colors for a portrait that looks completely different than how the room looked to the eye.
Sometimes music inspires me. A quirky chord or a lyrical twist of words puts an idea in my head that I then want to produce photographically.
The song “Jack-a-Roe” has obscure beginnings from the early 1900′s and is about a young woman who misses her sailor beau who spends all his time at sea. What to do, what to do…
Her solution in being able to share a life with him was to disguise herself as a sailor – an occupation available only to men – and sail the seven seas with him.
My insurance agent was happy to assume the role!
I took my show on the road and ended up with this little one and her I-can’t-be-still brother in front of the camera. Little Brother remains mostly a blur – he’ll probably be an athlete some day.
Focus was easier to obtain on this one though and I didn’t have to resort to insane shutter speeds to render her motionless!
A photographer once told me, “Don’t look to other photographers for inspiration – look to painters.”
Well, I did – and do – at times.
I was thinking that way one evening when having dinner at a nearby restaurant. The waitress was as pleasant in personality as she was appealing to the eye and, as it turned out, to the camera.
I had an idea to duplicate a warm late evening sun on a cloudy dark day. I also wanted the image to look like a scene from a bygone era.
An orange gel over my strobe colored its light appropriately and an old tricycle takes the scene to the 1920′s.
With little Savannah dressed and coiffed to play the part, her Dad acted as my light stand and held strobe and umbrella off to the side, sun-like (!) as Mom elicited expressions from our star attraction.
Thanks to our 4-person shin-dig we made an assortment of cool (or warm-ish) vintagy images.
I was recently eating lunch in a restaurant undergoing renovations (much like this website) – electricians scurried about, diners ate and waitresses dodged the wiring and fixtures that were being installed.
Those fixtures consisted of round fluorescent lights. An idea…!
Thanks to the attractiveness of my waitress and the willingness of the chief electrician in allowing us to commandeer one of his lights, we were able to make an unusually lit photo.
And, no – I don’t usually have the camera with me.