Friday, January 23, 2015

Blending two shoots into one, makes three. Read on..

I'm all about efficiency, and I strive to use time wisely, especially in an industry where time is money! Recently, I had two model-portfolio photo sessions booked on the same afternoon. One was for a male model (Chase), the other for a female model (Sunny). I reached out to them both and offered the idea to have the shoots run together (overlap), allowing the opportunity for some "couple" shots. They agreed. I'm glad they did...

Maximizing time and talent. That's the way I like it.

Thank you Chase and Sunny.

Till next time,

Brian James

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New Face. New Images. The Joy of Building a Model Portfolio.

Working with new faces is a pleasure. I always enjoy meeting new people and having the opportunity to create great images for their book. The images below are from a recent session with a new face, Ciarra, represented locally with Benz Model and Talent.

Ciarra, thank you. It was a joy. Keep rockin'!

Till next time,

Brian James

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dramatic lighting. Minimal gear. Major attitude.

Most of the time, making great images doesn't require a lot of gear. A camera (any camera) paired with an idea is really all it takes. The next step, and added bonus, is having great light. You can't always depend on the weather, but, you can bring light with you.

For this photo below, I used one light to take cloudy evening and turn it into a drama filled scene:

I really enjoy this setup, I use it often, and it's actually quite simple. One speedlight, one modifier, placed overhead at a close distance. Here it is:

This technique is best for dramatic lighting with sharp light falloff. Using a sturdy boom stand from Manfrotto and one of my go-to location modifiers, the Saberstrip.

Here's another view of the lighting:

Model: Madeleine Acton
Designer: Sarah Rechtoris

Till next time,