Thursday, April 17, 2014

beautiful spirit

Took these portraits of my beautiful friend, Theresa, last weekend.  She is such a lovely person inside and out, I was hopeful to capture at least a bit of her beauty and style.  Erica and Beth were my team this time, helping with makeup, hair, and assisting me with the shoot.  I've had quite a lot of practice doing more closeup portraits now and I'm enjoying it.  I used to feel so intimidated by getting close to a person's face and hoping to catch a good angle.  I still need to get better at the editing process though.  It's hard to find a balance between smoothing out the skin and rubbing their features clean off!  Then, sometimes the photo looks perfect inside photoshop, but once I resize the photo and look at it on the blog, the editing looks obvious.  These were taken with my Nikon D800 and 85mm lens at between f1.8 to f2.5.  The closeups are at shutter 1/125 and ISO 100.  The forest body shots are 1/320 and ISO 250.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

developing a personal photography style

Recently read this blog post "develop your personal photography style", and went through the exercise, studying photos by some of my favorite photographers.  Then I thought about my own photos and how my style has developed over the past couple years since I've been blogging regularly.  I still have a long way to go, but I can now define my photography style a bit.  I create mostly what I call "style portraits", mostly of women, although I have photographed men too.  I like natural settings, an element of fashion, and attempt to capture dramatic natural lighting situations.  My favorite photos are usually where the model is looking away or maybe no face showing at all.  I try to create a mood, rather emotional, perhaps melancholy, mysterious and universal.  I also really admire photo editing that can enhance this style, but still have a lot to learn in this area.  Just need to keep shooting and editing and practicing!  Here are a few photos of a young lady I met recently, that I think capture how my style is developing.

Friday, April 4, 2014


"Timeless" is the word my lovely friend Kaitlyn used to describe this outfit we put together for her to wear on this shoot.  The inspiration started with this sweet little 50's vintage plaid dress I picked up at Nobody's Baby in Eugene.  We added the trench coat from Banana Republic, a few vintage accessories, and chose this rustic footbridge as the setting.  The project would not be complete without another fabulous hair and makeup creation by Molly....the side swept undo, the soft eyes, the red lips.  Beth was part of the project too, another pair of eyes on the whole scene is so helpful.  We had hoped for a cloudy morning, and it was just perfect.  Although a few times, I had to have Beth hold the reflector to block the sunlight peeking through the clouds onto Kaitlyn's face.  This was shot with my Nikon D800 and 85mm lens at f2.8, shutter anywhere between 1/250 to 1/640, depending on how the sun was peeking out, ISO 100.  Edited in photoshop using actions by Totally Rad.  The ladies of this project can be found on Instagram @kaitydid4848 @mrsmollybrooke @retrogoddess217.  See more photos from this shoot in a previous blog post.