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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Adventures in a Salon

Well, the Pin Up shoot in all aspects has been great fun. On the second to last day of shooting, there was an addition to the shoot. No big deal really, but an addition. Not just another stylist, but a queen from Seattle. I can say queen even though we're in Ga right? No seriously, he'd be honored! Erin has not been in Ga long, but he's taking it all in. He wanted to do a series of shots on this awesome truck we were so lucky to borrow. The shots would not be for the calendar necessarily, but for him. So he suited up in his favorite skinny jeans, cowboy boots, big black glam ring and polished nails. (You can't tell here, but he had a better pedi then me!) Love, Love, Love this shot. It has attitude and a flair of vintage while keeping it's subject modern.

The second shot... well it just is. Love it too!
enjoy :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rosie The Riveter

I thought I'd continue on the with the Pin Up shoot. It's been so much fun watching these girls transform into icons of the past. I really wanted one of the girls to be "rosie the riviter" and was totally thrilled to find out Sara was game! If you have ever spent time with me, you've heard me talk about having a vision. How can you set a photo up or develop a digital negative with out a vision. A vision is a destination. (More on visions later...) So I though it would be cool to see the beginning photo and then see it transformed.

The first photo is one of Sara as she posed in the perfect position for her role as Rosie. The second photo is the end result.

From Vision to Print...

"The journey of every great picture begins in the mind. It's the creative process from the mind to the print that takes knowledge and skill. Only when the mind is enlightened, can the hand skillfully craft what the mind has already seen."
It's called.... VISION!

When I shoot, I always have a vision. I have a vision of the end result in my head. Whether it's there before the shoot, or after I see the location it's there before I ever press the shutter. After being asked about this process several times, I thought it might be fun to take a photo from vision to print. Over the next few days, I'll take you through my crazy (and at most times ADD) brain as I uncover a vision for a final image.

After talking with this client, I knew she would enjoy one of my recent locations for a shoot with son. She was up for something different. This location has been a great place to shoot because it lends itself so easily to so many styles.

As I looked at the sun and saw that it was peering nicely through the woods, I knew I'd like to keep that in the picture. I also loved the texture of the barn. This property is from the late 1800's early 1900's and the barns have a tremendous amount of character within themselves. Now...where to place my subjects so that I capture the sun and the barn all in balance? I decided to offset Kelly a little and her son beside her. Now it's time to think about the exposure. I want enough detail in the shadows so that I would be able to keep the texture I liked while burning the rest to almost black. With all my thoughts in my head, it's time to roll!

I should probably mention, that the majority of my portraits are shot in AV (aperture priority) so that I can control what's in focus. Although a significant portion of my portraiture lends itself to storytelling images, once in a while I will throw in a closeup! Storytelling images have depth. They allow the viewer to absorb their own meaning from the image. I simply set the scene up and let the characters speak their lines if you will.

Exposure for this image..
fill flash
ISO 125

Note that this exposure was a third over exposed (lesson #1: Your camera is never right! lol) I adjust my exposure from the middle 99.99999 % of the time!

I am posting all stages of images... stay tuned and we'll talk about my PS process tomorrow!
enjoy and have an awesome WET day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pin Me Up!

Just finished the Pin Up shoot with High Maintenance Salon. BTW, if you are looking for a new stylist, ck these guys out. Samantha (Sam to most of us) is my stylist and I can't say enough good about her! While getting my hair done one day, we brainstormed this idea. 'how about a retro-style pin up for all the stylist here at the salon" I'm in! I've been wanting to do a shoot like this for good while, so it was perfect. We wanted to mimic the retro style pin ups of the 40's, 50's and 60's from the hair to the makeup to the clothes! It turned out to be sooo much fun! Makeup was done by Sonny (airbrushed flawlessly I might add) and Sam did all the hair. All of the hard work put into this shoot will be available to YOU too... on a calendar you can enjoy all year long. Calendars are set to be released in time for Valentines and proceeds will benefit the Joanna McAfee Foundation (
The first picture is of Iris. I love this picture of her! Look for more pictures soon. For now, I need another cup of joe!