Photo of the Week, Vol. 5

My Photo of the Week, Vol. 5 isn’t exactly a technically or artistically challenging image but it is a look into what I do on a daily basis. For the past two years I’ve been as close to the University of Kansas athletics as you can be, photographing everything from tennis, swimming & diving, to the legendary Kansas basketball team. When I was shooting for newspapers I had a different image I was after but now that I’m doing more for my good friend and mentor Jeff Jacobsen at KU Athletics I’m after a image that shows Kansas sports entirely in a positive light.

Here, assistant head coach Clint Bowen (left) smiles after Dave Beaty made a funny remark to a young KU football fan. Beaty was hired this year after Charlie Wies was fired due to yet another lackluster football season. Bowen was the interim head coach after Wies’ departure, bringing a lot of exciting energy to the sideline but it wasn’t enough to secure the full-time job.

I took this photo at KU Football fanFEST which is part of Football in February, a series of events that are supposed to create excitement about the 2015 campaign. It was good to see Bowen, a coach I photographed several times last year and grew to like very much, laughing with Beaty – it goes to show how good of a guy he really is.

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Photo Specs:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 @ 4.0

Photo of the Week, Vol. 4

Last weekend I got together with Annie and Chris for an engagement session on a beautiful sunny afternoon in downtown Kansas City. We started out at the Guild, an incredible event space with an absolutely gorgeous chandelier right smack dab in the middle of a spacious room. Mackenzie, my assistant for the day, and I arrived about 30 minutes in advance, testing different setups and making sure our light sources were balanced so that the chandelier and subjects were the as close in color in camera (blue light source with warm chandelier). I am so excited for Annie and Chris and I cannot wait for their August wedding!

Once they arrived we were ready to rock and we made a series of images I was happy with. Next we moved into a room at the Guild that has these massive windows, the light gushing through them was so soft we just had to make a series of images in this room, too. Next we headed to Three Points where Chris asked Annie to be his wife back a couple months ago. The view of Kansas City from there is incredible. You have a 360º view of the skyline, Power and Light, the Western Auto building and of course the incredible Kaufmann Center.

Our next move was to head over to the Kauffman Center to do a series of images. Sadly when I had called the center earlier that day I was told there wasn’t an event but when we showed up there we were told that 4,000 people were about to be let out of the center. Obviously we wanted no part of that and we had to head over to Union Station.

At Union Station I knew of a bridge that typically isn’t too busy and we made several images there that turned out nicely – the lines and soft light being diffused by the now cloudy Kansas sky was really working with the neutral/blue colors. We finished off our shoot near some trains on the west side of Union Station, a series of images that are some of my favorite I’ve done for a couple.

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Photo Specs:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.2
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

Photo of the Week, Vol. 3

I love light, heck, my two cats’ names are Lux and Lucius, two different ways to say “light” in Latin. I look forward to everytime I get to work with lights because it reminds me of trying to solve a critical thinking problem – I have this idea in my head and I have to work with the lights to make that idea come to life.

When I typically light a photo for a client I choose how I’ll light it by thinking about who my client’s audience is. For instance, when I photograph athletes I use harder light to make their bodies and actions pop and when I photograph classical musicians I use softer light and flag the light to highlight their beautiful instruments. Friday night was a personal photo night so I got to make a series of images for myself. About a year ago I had seen Brian Ingram’s work and his soft and simplistic style has stuck with me ever since. I love his use of negative fill and his ability to control his light.

This series of different portraits was photographed under thirty minutes and afterwards I was totally jacked about what we had as final images. Like last week’s Photo of the Week, these images were worked very little in Photoshop (increased contrast with a BW conversion). The lighting setup (diagram below) was relatively simple, just two lights – a modified (18” white beauty dish) fill placed two feet below camera leff at about 1/6 power and a modified (30” x 60” soft box) key at about 1/4 power placed one foot camera right right. Then I placed two 6” x 4” wood boards – bought at Home Depot and covered with black sheets – extremely close to her face to add some negative fill to the image.

I’ve photographed Mackenzie more than anyone else and I wanted to make portraits that were different from the other ones I’ve made of her. She has some awesome hair and she successfully wears it in so many different ways so we decided to use her hair to achieve different portraits and I think it worked very well.

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Photo Specs:
Canon 5D Mark III
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 @ f/8.0
Two Einstein strobes (modified)
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