Portraits

We met a delightful young man last fall named Drew. It was fun chatting with him, finding out about his future aspirations. Someday this young man may be famous and I can say that I got to photograph him for his senior portraits.

The first set of images were taken in casual clothes.  He was quite relaxed in front of the camera and was easy to photograph.  Here are a couple of my favorite casual images of Drew:

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Then he switched to a suit for that “wow” factor.

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All the best to you in the future, Drew.

 

There are some great Christmas lights in our subdivision this year. We thought they would make a great backdrop for our family self portrait. It is time to make it happen. Let’s see… time for a list of equipment to take…

  • Camera
  • Self timer
  • f2.8 lens
  • Flash
  • Tripod for camera
  • Tripod for flash

We walked down the road to “the spot,” setup the tripod, camera and the subject (my wife) and took some test shots getting the background exposure just like I wanted.  Then added the flash. Once those details were out of the way, I set the self timer on the camera to capture an image every 7 seconds.  Then I jumped into the frame and we did various poses. This is the one we like the best.

Family self portrait.

Merry Christmas!

 

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of capturing images of Ashley for her senior portraits. She was one of the most fun clients I have photographed. Fall was in the air and the leaves were gorgeous. Here are 3 of my favorite images of the bunch.

First off we stopped at the Bishop’s house at the old Penitentiary.  The light and background were fantastic.

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Ashley has this awesome “fixed gear” bike that she refers to as her “fixie.” She brought it along to use in a few images.

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Lastly, back at the Penitentiary, she poses for a great style shot.

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Autumn is such a great time to capture images. Everyone seems more relaxed, maybe because the busyness of the year has passed. This Fall brought a great family in front of my camera. You just have to love Marcia’s smile.

Here is the whole family…

…including their two dogs, Zappa and Zevon.

I’m looking forward to their next request for family photos.

 

I had the privilege one weekend afternoon of capturing senior portraits of a strong local athlete named Andrew. The light was great, the subject was full of energy and fall was in the air.  It made my job easy! Here is my favorite of the session.

For those photographers out there, it was shot with a 70-200mm lens at f2.8 giving it a nice blurred background to isolate the subject.

 

Today was the 11th running of the Emmett Triathlon.  There were several hundred athletes competing today and I was in charge of shooting the swim portion of the event.  While all the athletes are getting ready, I have the chance to do one of my favorite kinds of photography.  That is the “candid” shot.  The following were all shot with my Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens which is great for portrait shots.

I love the shadows that an early morning brings and the darkness of the trees.

Here is another triathlete contemplating what is before her.  The tree made a nice frame and the reflection of the bright off of the lake took away any distractions.

The next image almost looks like it was taken in the studio against a white backdrop.  It was actually me positioning myself so that the subject was against the bright background.  He was somewhat in the shade, so it blew the background out even more.

Finally, this lady gave me a nice profile while she was standing in the sun.  This caused here hair to really light up agains the dark shadowed background.

All in all I took nearly 1,300 photos.  Most were the typical “coming out of the lake” shots that you see in sports magazines.  It is the chance to put a little more artistry into the images like those above that make me happy with the day.

Nice job to all the competitors!  If you are interested in seeing the images from all 3 of our photographers, check out our website at IdahoSportsPics.

 

What a joyous day it was today as Mark and Julia joined together as husband and wife.  The love between these two is amazing and you could feel it in the air.  Here are a few of my favorites images that were captured throughout the day.

Place cards set up for the reception.

The rings posed in a gorgeous bouquet.

Julia, putting on the finishing touches for her husband to be.

Mark, you have a beautiful bride.

Red, black and silver were the colors.  Nice choice, Julia!  Mark, you’re looking pretty sharp too.

Unity sand is a great keepsake and a beautiful part of the ceremony.

A little post wedding celebration time by Julia and her attendants.

What a handsome couple these two make.

Pictures are over and time to share a meal with all those attending the wedding.

Thank you Mark and Julia for the opportunity of being your photographer for the day. It was a real blessing to be a part of such a blessed day.

 

Tonight I learned a lot about posing people.  I’ve posed many people over the years, but this particular night I must have posed 150 different people.  I was hired to shoot images at a Christmas party for a local company.  When the night was over, I had a new appreciation for this type of photography, trying to capture the many clients in less than 2 minutes each.

I used just 2 lights for the setup, intending use use a second hair light, but some technical issues kept me from doing so.  I positioned the subjects about 10 feet in front of a lit Christmas tree, then shot with an aperture of f2.8 to cause the lights on the tree to grow in apparent size by what is referred to as bokeh.

The following image was one of my favorites of the night.  I love her eyes which are very captivating in my opinion.

My wife and I had fun working on some self portraits for a “2011 Adventures” book we are building.  These books have become an annual affair, both in building the book and capturing the self portraits.  It will also give us something look back on years down the road.

The lighting was very simple in this setup.  I used a single AlienBees B800 strobe in a 3×4 foot Photoflex Softbox.  Since it was daytime with light shining through the curtains in our living room, I set the camera to a low ISO (100), causing it to need more light for the exposure, plus I stopped down the lens to an aperture of f16.  This caused whatever ambient light in the room to disappear with the only visible light to the camera being created in the softbox.

I positioned Kel to get the light just right on her face, then had her freeze that position. I set up the camera to capture an image every 7 seconds, then I jumped into the photo, trying to match the orientation of my face to hers so that the shadows would fall similarly on both our faces.  The camera captured about a dozen images, as I slowly moved my head position, hoping that at least one of them would be what I was looking for.

Here is my result.  Not an exact match, but pretty close.

Do you like dramatic lighting like this for portraits, or do you prefer a more evenly lit scene?

Family Self Portrait