Someone mentioned that they had not had family portraits taken in nearly 10 years. How old are yours? Is it time for another portrait?
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This week I hosted a lovely family for a some casual portraits in my new studio.
Here are some great shots of the family in denim, which went very well in high-key white background as well as our wonderful 110-year-old brick walls in our old school building studio!
Often called “Low-Key” lighting, this technique features a dark background. The objective is not to simply lower the lighting level; you still need enough light to render the subjects well in the exposure. In fact, with dark-haired subjects, you may need as my lights as the High Key method. These lights are often pointed back toward the camera to provide some illumination on the subjects’ hair, for separation from the background.
In this image, we have mother and daughters, all dressed in black, against a black background. A key light to camera right provides the front illumination of the right side. A fill light to camera left lightens the shadows. And two lights behind them fitted with grids, provide the rim or hair lighting.
You can see a nice shine in the girls’ hair from the supplemental lighting, as well as clearly lit faces. Low-key images are often subdued and elegant in appearance, contrasted with the higher-energy appearance of high-key imagery. These portraits do very well in large print format, in canvas or traditional print form.
Today I got the keys for my new studio space. Located in the Raven building in Suite 101, it has perfect north-facing windows, which provide wonderful diffused illumination for natural-light photography. It has great wooden floors, high ceilings, and a killer brick wall. This building was an old school building, and has tons of character and history.
Here’s a view from the doorway facing North. Look at all that light! (Don’t look at the cheesy furniture…they are on the outs.)
Facing south. You can’t get better light than this for portraiture.
The east corner has the windows and the brick wall, and a floor that will shine up quite nicely.
Closeup of brick wall. You know me and bricks…this is serious!
It needs just a bit of cleaning, but it will be a perfect space for portrait photography, seminars, consultation and hanging out. It will be a wonderful meeting spot and indoor portrait spot for my summer seniors, family portraits and pre-wedding bridal photography. It’s also 20 feet from some of the best graffiti in Erie.
I’m going to post a call for models in a few days. Once I get the place cleaned up, I’m going to do some test shoots with willing participants, in exchange for some prints and digital images.
I’m also planning a February indoor portrait marathon as a fund raiser, most likely for an agency that supports the relief effort in Haiti.
Stay tuned…lots more “Raven 101” to come!
Can you tell I’m pumped? I’ve been waiting for this for over 5 years!
I took the advantage of a day off today and rolled out a new web design. It features new graphics and layout, as well as larger images and automatic slideshows. The home page even cycles through some favorite images. And, I finally put up all of the “Class of 2010” Seniors!
Have a look and tell me what you think of it!
We just finished editing and posting a few hundred images from our recent church pictorial directory session this last weekend. We photographed over 50 families and are on our way to building a nice directory for Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church.
This was a slightly more relaxed pace than the dance photography that I am currently doing, but very similar, being indoors and artificially lit. Here you can see a lovely family of four posed against one of my favorite brown backdrops.
We had some time to play around, and we caught some really great images of couples, kids and families.
Thanks to everyone who helped plan this event, and who showed up on this cold winter weekend to have their portraits taken for our new book!