A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do an engagement session with Molly and Jimmy. They were absolutely adorable and so easy to photograph! We met up at Great Falls National Park on the Maryland side and were blessed with gorgeous weather! Not only did they share their first date here at Billy Goat’s Trail, but it’s also where Jimmy proposed! Congratulations to Molly and Jimmy on their upcoming wedding!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing a friend and her husband for a school project. I was going for a 1950s Film Noir/Dark Alley kind of look. This photo was my inspiration and after showing Jen and Pete we spent an evening going through Jen’s closet and putting together jewelry, accessories, and dresses. On the night of the shoot, Jen and Pete were too cute for words! They were all dolled up and giggling like little school children! We had such a good time, and I am happy to share some of my favorites here. A special thank you to Jen’s mom, Linda, for helping out with Jen’s hair, and to my friend, Tanya, for helping me out with the light!!
About two weeks ago I attended my very first Photoshop World in Washington, D.C., and it was amazing! One of the highlights for me was the Westcott Shootout on the Expo floor. They provided beautiful lighting and gorgeous models! This was the first day of three; I’m still going through my photos, so look forward to more in the next few days!
This was our final assignment for Portrait Photography II at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA). On the last day of class we were introduced to Victor, who was to be our client. Victor was in need of some creative portraits for his acting career. We had literally 15 minutes to complete this assignment and we were timed. Nothing like putting on the pressure to force out some creativity!
This mini session started with a handshake and ended with Victor jumping three feet in the air! I think he had a good time :)
So this assignment was one that started off a little shaky, but ended up being one of my favorites throughout this module (Portrait Photography II, Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University). It started off with our instructor, Ron Aira, showing us a very contrasty image of a football player with sweat beads rolling off his cheek, looking very tough. Our goal was to identify the lighting scenario, recreate it, and then shoot our own images. My classmate Amy and I took so long to figure out the lighting that by the time we were ready to shoot we only had about 15 minutes of class time left. We finally decided that the lighting consisted of two lights on either side of the model, so basically both sides of the face would be equally lit, with a distinct shadow running down the middle of the face. Once we figured that out, our next issue was figuring out who to shoot. By this time, we’ve both shot enough images of each other and were definitely looking for something new and refreshing. Ron suggested we look in the halls or check some of the other classrooms for some willing participants. Since the light was going to be contrasty and more hard than soft, I wanted to shoot a man, so we asked the janitor who had some awesome looking hair pulled back into a pony tail. Unfortunately, my smile wasn’t enough for him and I was unable to persuade him to come to the studio for a few portraits. Amy and I were getting desperate and were getting close to shooting each other yet again, when we saw a girl sitting at one of the tables in the break room. She was so shy and quiet, she was easy to miss. I had no idea how it was going to end up, but I went up to her and asked if Amy and I could shoot a few portraits of her in the studio for our class. She was reluctant, but agreed and said she only had a few minutes. She followed us into the studio and stood awkwardly in front of the camera asking what she should do and how to look. I asked her to look somber and a little distressed. Her eyes came alive in front of the camera. The shoot lasted about five minutes and was over before I knew it. I looked through my images on the back of my camera and was mostly disappointed. I felt I rushed and didn’t place her in the right light and was sure I wouldn’t be able to have a complete set in time for critique at the next class. When I got home and checked my images in Lightroom, I was mostly right, most of my images just plain sucked. But somehow, in those brief minutes with our model, I ended up with a few gems, and I absolutely love the way they turned out. Here are my favorites.