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.
Fitness photography of a local model. Alora and I met at her suburban Detroit home after her manager and I had connected online. Alora was looking for some fitness photography to round out her modeling portfolio. She wanted shots of her doing fitness stuff in and around the backyard and pool.
The day of the shoot was very hot and sunny. We started by doing some stretching and yoga shots in the shade, using strobes to add a little spark. We then went to the diving board a the pool and I got my strobes as bright as I could to overpower the sun a bit. The strobes strongly side lit Alora and I was able to push down the ambient light.
See more of Alora here www.IMDB.me/alora
Cosplay photography of just a few of the hundreds of characters at Yomacon 2016. The event was held at Detroit’s Cobo Hall with some events at the Detroit Marriott on the river. All of the shots were done in the hallways outside of the Cobo event halls. Of the 200 or so people I asked only 5 declined to have their picture taken.
I shot with my Alien Bees ring light and had the Vagabond lithium battery for power. I have the battery in an enclosed belt bag and it overheated after a couple hours. Note to self, use an open carrying system next year. I had to be careful about backgrounds because the ring light has the most dramatic effect when close to a wall. I used a reflective wall for some shots and got an interesting halo effect. It was pretty difficult to find a clear wall where there was not somebody sitting or waiting in line to get into an event.
To see all the images go to: https://mpkphoto.smugmug.com/Events/11516-Yomacon-Cobo-Hall
I made this cinemagraph at the end of today’s model shoot. The model wanted to do a still version of a crying on the phone shot. She added a lot more eyeliner and I dapped water mixed with black acrylic paint for the tear.