I did these business couple portraits of a married couple for their seminar business. We started in the Guardian building in downtown Detroit where we used the lobby and gates as some of the backgrounds. We also shot in some of the office space and found a great tiled wall and a nice yellow wall to use as backgrounds.
Food photography is not my specialty, and I do a bit of it occasionally. A mutual friend recommended Fluer-De-Lis Chocolates to me and we shot a while ago in my studio. The shots are for a printed brochure and they needed a representation of the treats being offered. We had a little bit of challenge with the reflections of the plastic and glass containers and had to shoot separate images for the contents and background, put down black cloth to remove unwanted reflections and the composite the images together. It was a fun, challenging afternoon and I got to eat some of the props, yum.
These are some sports action photography we did while we were shooting for the Clarkston High School Girls Varsity soccer seniors. The original shoot was for banners to be displayed at Senior Night at a home game. Shoot sports action photography can be a challenge. We had a cloudy afternoon, so I was able to control the exposure to get a dark ominous sky and I had my strobes so I could freeze the majority of the movement. The only real motion blur is of the fast moving ball as it is being kicked and I like the amount of blur. One of the biggest challenges is to start pressing the shutter release before the action I want to see happens. A little bit of practice helps. The next challenge is to trust in the players and not get hit by the ball.
The girls soccer team from Clarkston High School asked me to photograph sports portraits of the seniors. We had to shoot before one of their home games and were not able to get on the field because the JV soccer game was being played. We went to a practice field on the south side of the stadium and shot in the grass. Most of the day had been pretty sunny and it clouded up as the afternoon went on. The we started shooting the clouds came in. I balanced my off camera strobes with the clouded sky and made the sky a bit dark and ominous. I asked d the girls to with smile or look tough their choice. While we were there and had everything set up we did a group shot and then some action shots of the defending, dribbling or kicking. I will show the action shots in a future post.
This is a recent example of executive headshots being done on location. The Clarkston Chamber of Commerce had an annual meeting where most of the Ambassadors and Officers were attending. The Chamber asked me to come at the end of the meeting and shoot new headshots of the chamber and staff. I set up a typical headshot lighting with white background and photographed everyone there in about an hour. We had to schedule a few people who could not make the meeting for an additional session at my studio. I have photographed many additional sessions for the Chamber as the members and staff change, trying to keep the look similar.
Musician photography of a young man, bassoonist & conductor, shot in the studio. This young man is a bassoonist and aspiring conductor. He is in his final year at U of M in Ann Arbor, MI. He needed some headshots for all of his upcoming performance and interview needs.
These are pretty straight forward studio headshots. I got hime to the studio, asked him a bit about what his needs are, talked about the style of shots he and I like and then came up with a plan to shoot on black and them on white. At the end of the session I brought out the ring light for some non music headshots.
Executive Environmental portraits of a local technology firm in Clarkston, MI. IGD Solutions asked me to come to them and shoot some images of key staff for their upcoming webpage update. I went to their offices and shoot each executive in a couple different situation in and around the office. I chose to make my versions of the images black and white. I’m not sure which versions of all the shots they will end up using.
Environmental portraits are photographs of people in some natural setting. They are quite different from studio portraits because I often have to balance the existing light with light I bring, trying to create a plausible lighting look with an additional bit of creative interest.
Panoramic photography of cheap hotel rooms on my travels to Florida. I make an annual trip to Florida to deliver a van for family. Instead of staying in typical corporate same as all the other hotel motel chains, I choose to get into small towns and stay in an independent motel. When I first get in the room I shoot a couple and some details to show the “uniqueness” and charm of independent motels.
The panoramas are made by shooting a series of images rotating the camera a bit every exposure. The images are stitched together in either Lightroom or Photoshop. Before stitching I apply developing adjustments for a particular look.