Ellise - Winter Time

Ellise Limle (Heyman Talent Agency) faced a very cold wintery day to pull off a series of looks in this more commercial fashion series! Her feet were numb by the end but she stayed with it and focused until the end!

The trick about shooting in snow is getting the white balance and still toning the skin! Using a Profoto B1 with a Zoom reflector, I was able to match or even slightly overpower the sun so that the images were crisp and featured the outfits with the background acting as a topic fill.

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!!!

Claudia - Working with Gels

I LOVE experimenting during test shoots (which I do a LOT!). So I wanted to see how many ways I could use gels - lighting the background different colors, highlighting her hair and face and then create a look appropriate for a magazine ad. Even through in the smoke machine at the end!

Working with gels is much trickier than it appears - in fact, some photographers say it is one of the hardest portraits to do really well (and I don’t believe I’m quite there yet!). Understanding how color compliments, how it is displayed on different skin tones and hair, how different colors affect brightness and how to configure your strobe so that the color is blasted with light, how to use flags to control the spill - these are all things which take a lot of time and tweaking. The model needs to be patient - or you need to spend several hours of setup before they arrive - because an image can go from mediocre to good to great with the smallest tweaks!

If anyone is interested in a portrait in this style, feel free to contact me!

Elizabeth Galbraith - Boudoir as Healing

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I walked into the makeup room and viewed my client, Elizabeth Galbraith of the Newport Costume Gallery, and saw a woman who had a twinkle in her eye, a subtle nervous energy about her, and a the desire to share a story.  This was not an ordinary boudoir photoshoot- Elizabeth came with a purpose and a mission.   She was aware of her curves, her stature and her feelings about herself as a woman and how people may, or may not view her.  But she also had something much more important to explore in this session . . .

She looked at me point blank and said "Would you like to know why I want to do this photoshoot"?  "Yes" I replied. . . . "Because several years ago, I was held at knife point and that incident has affected my life ever since - both physically and mentally.  This photoshoot is part of what I'm doing to help heal myself  - I want to get back to my positive self!   I used to be happy and smiled a lot and since that day, I lost something of myself".   I took a pause and then quietly asked "and why do you want to do a boudoir shoot?".    Elizabeth looked me in the eye and said "Look, I know I have curves, I am not small.   But I want to show the world that anyone can look and feel beautiful in their body with who they are right now!"  

The words popped into my head . .. Yesss . . .Wow . . . what a strong woman . . . I do NOT want to fail this soul!!!"

So over the next several hours, we worked together, very easily, and I strove to capture the gamut of emotions and images which I imagined characterized this wonderful woman.  We didn't turn it into a therapy session - we just shot, talked, laughed, and had quiet moments together.  The session flowed!  At the end pf the shoot, she looked at me with a much larger twinkle in her eye, and thanked me and my MUA Trina Paul, for giving her exactly the type of experience she needed!   I smiled, thanked her very much for the honor of shooting her, and internally, noted that THIS is what capturing the human spirit is all about.