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Alt-Boudoir

The creative part of my brain is significantly broken. Not that I can’t be creative, but rather I can’t conceptualize what I want to do and then take the necessary steps to create my idea. Instead I treat every piece that I do as an improve performance. When I took music lessons I could never write an original piece but I could pick up any instrument and make it sound decent to a rhythm. I could never draw a coherent picture but I could doodle in my notebook in class all day long. The same thing goes for my photography, a lot of the time I just show up where I show up, get the camera out and just wing it until I’m happy with the images that I have captured. Lucky for me I have a lot of friends willing to work with my erratic style and do last minute shoots with no real solid concept behind them. That’s how this shoot with Tara came to be. It was on my most recent trip back to Albuquerque where we met at her place, we went through her wardrobe, picked out a few outfits and just shot for about 2 hours. As always, we had a ball just screwing around until we looked back at the photos and appreciated what we shot.

The thing I love about these photos was how we used natural light to really bring out some of Tara’s Natural features. She is honestly one of the hardest working people I know and it shows. The thing both of us couldn’t get over in the photos were her abs. buy angling her just right in the window light we were able to accentuate that feature. It worked best when she was back lit by the window and the fill came from the rooms natural bounce light and some shadow raising in Lightroom.

What Tara typically brings to the table is a certain raw emotion to every photoshoot. Sure she’s gorgeous, and her style with the tattoos and wild hair makes her look edgy, but the great thing about her is that she’s a genuine soul who just loves to be around other people as long as they are good people. She never looks fake, or “superior,” in her photos. She just looks like Tara, and that’s what makes shooting with her so enjoyable.

Emilie in the Snow

Virginia just got it’s first snow of the year just in time for me and Emilie to have settled in after moving out to Northern Virginia. We got about and inch and a half of snow and it’s a site that is so rare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I am from. We manage to get out right as the snow was calming down but flakes were still falling. It added an element to the photos that is incredibly unique and the help create interest as out of focus element. Bellow is a time lapse of my editing process which you can see I only use a light amount of retouching and most of the focus is on getting the contrast and color right where I like it. For this shoot I ended up cheating a little bit on the magenta side simply because i felt like sit fit the mood better especially because it looked like the white balance I shot in was cheating toward the Green side.

The Versatility of Delina

 

In the words of a great american poet “today was a good day.” At least that’s how yesterday felt. Afternoon class was canceled, I huge load of pressure was taken off of me and I got an impromptu opportunity to shoot with Delina Ellise. It’s hard not to be pleased with how yesterday turned out. Recently Delina had a recent change to her hair style that has resulted in her being able to change her look at a moments notice. It also gave me a chance to play with things in my studio space such as the giant window that acts as a big soft light source which is amazing things for portraits.It’s also just really fun to have a shoot where you and the model are just messing around and hoping that it works out as opposed to trying really hard to make the images come out a certain way. Shoots always turn out best when they are fun and don’t feel like work.

Shooting with New Models: Ashley Perry.

AJA_0072More often than not people always tell you that it’s all about networking when it comes to getting jobs and people finding your work and that’s exactly what happened this weekend when I helped Ashley Perry start her modeling portfolio.

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Ashley was referred to me by someone I did a shoot with a month prior and since she just got into a modeling agency, she needed to get some portfolio images put together. All the photographers her agency refereed her to were very expensive so I cut her a deal.

AJA_0066Working with a new model is always an interesting experience and you never quite know what to expect. Sometimes they can be a bit timid or shy especially around the camera. However, Ashley didn’t have any of these problems; she was very comfortable around the camera, was able to give me different looks and took direction extremely well.

AJA_0031One of the biggest factors in any shoot is the weather during the shoot. The photography gods very gracious in giving light overcast, no wind and moderately warm temperatures giving me everything I needed to just do my thing and shoot. There was one point where the sun was piercing through that clouds but it was at golden hour making for some excellent light.

AJA_0113For this shoot I relied heavily on my 85mm 1.8g lens for most of the shots. I played around with using the 28mm and the 50mm but everything always comes back to my work horse lens. I shot exclusively at f2.8 making sure I got enough sharpness and detail out of Ashley while still getting nice Bokeh (blur) in the background.

AJA_0033As far as post processing goes I kept things very simple. I tried to bring in as much contrast and color as I could while still keeping things natural. I ran in to some issues with Ashley’s tan skin but I normally get around that by bringing in some vibrancy but pulling down the saturation. Other than that I did some spot correcting, but nothing super drastic. When I edit my portraits I try to keep things subtle while at the same time making things pop.

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Over all it was an extremely fun shoot and I’m looking forward to working with Ashley in the future.