Man. The anticipation was killing us! Things have been super crazy lately with Angela and I trying to wrap our heads around the fact that we’re gonna have TWO children before the end of the year, and trying to get ready for it. On one hand it seems like just yesterday that we were taking 9 pregnancy tests at midnight and in shock that they were all finally positive, but still trying to not get our hopes up too much before being able to go to the doctor and confirm it. And on the other Hand it seems like it’s been an eternity of calling them “Baby A and Baby B” without being able to use any actual names. But finally that part of the wait is over!
I’ve been experimenting a little bit with video lately. My wife and I have an announcement to make so we decided to make a short film/music video about it. Make sure and watch it all the way to the end!!
I don’t have any children yet but having a child is (I’m sure) one of the toughest but most amazing things that can happen to someone. A few weeks ago my brother-in-law and his wife welcomed their new daughter into the world and we had to make sure we captured some images as soon as possible. They grow so fast!
About 2 weeks ago my sister had her third baby. This time, it was a girl! It never worked out with our scheduling to go take photos of her two boys right after they were born, so my wife and I made it a priority to go see them this time as soon as we could.
It was a long drive to Louisville and we only had a little over a day to stay there, but was well worth the trip.
If anything, it was worth it just to get some amazing photos of my niece while she was still tiny; I'm sure my sister and brother in law will cherish them forever. They grow so fast!
Welcome to the world, Sarah Elizabeth!
Every once in awhile you get a chance to unleash more of your creative side, and I’ve been trying to spend more time lately thinking outside the box and experimenting with new things.
It was a cold day outside and I was doing a personal shoot for my friend Dallas. It was nearing the end of the shoot and I didn’t think I quite had the shot I wanted yet, so we decided to try something a little different. Sometimes when you throw a bunch of shit against the wall, some of it sticks, and we ended up creating the best images of the day in those final few minutes.
Model portfolio building sessions have always interested me. I love working with someone brand new to bring out expressions and looks that others can’t. This was one of Alexi’s first shoots, building a portfolio and getting some unique photos to use for a comp card.
Here's another model portfolio building session for you!
Sometimes, even though you specialize in one type of photography you will end up doing another. This was my first foray into maternity photos.
This was also a last minute shoot. We had discussed doing maternity photos shortly after she got pregnant but it never worked out until last week; and as of the writing of this post, Kristen and Dylan welcomed their baby girl to the world last night.
Lately most of my photography has been relatively minimalistic. For this shoot, I used my Fuji X-T1 with 56mm lens and two speedlights, and alternated between a small shoot-through umbrella and a home-made beauty dish for my light modifier. We were also in very cramped quarters for the shoot so it was challenging trying to get the lighting how I wanted it, but I think it all worked out in the end.
I recently had the opportunity to take some portfolio shots for a local model. I often talk about how expression is everything, and this shoot was a great example of that.
Miranda did a great job responding to my antics and I feel like I was able to pull some great expressions out of her, as well as give her some knowledge to bring to her next shoot.
On the technical side of things, these were shot on a Nikon D610 with the Nikon 85mm f1.8G lens. The first photo was shot in the freight elevator in my studio, and was lit by one Alienbees strobe through a small gritted stripbox. I then used another Alienbee to throw some fill light onto her legs.
The second image was shot using two 4 bulb constant video light banks, with two Alienbees firing on a white cyc wall for the background. That is becoming my go-to setup for headshots as I love the soft even light it gives me, and even though the lights are bright it’s better than having bright flashes going off in my client’s eyes every few seconds.
The last image was also shot on the cyc wall in my studio. I had one strobe going through a small stripbox on a boom suspended over her, and turned the background lights off.
Here are a couple of photos from a recent photoshoot. I’m digging the pink background!