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.

Check out the rest of my Photo(s) of the Week here:

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)
Triggered by PocketWizards

Photo of the Week, Vol. 2

This week my “Photo of the Week” is much different than last week’s. This image blends a “natural” element – rain – with artificial light, creating an image that is dramatic much like a movie scene. On Tuesday afternoon, Tristan, my good friend and talented photographer/cinematographer, and I were having one of our monthly, if not weekly, meetups at a coffeeshop in downtown Lawrence. We began talking about upcoming projects and where we’re looking to improve, but also the need to do projects that are fun – because that’s what it’s all about, right? For a year or so we’ve wanted to build a rain machine, essentially a device that allows us to create “rain,” adding a controllable natrual element that is typically impossible to work in with strobes – as my mom says “electricity and water do not mix.” So, on this 20 degree Tuesday, we finally decided to build our own DIY $15 rain machine (more on this later).

After two trips to Home Depot, one trip to Wal-Mart, two trips to both of our houses and a quick hangout with my cats we had all the supplies necessary to create our masterpiece. Several hours later our rain machine was complete and we were ready for our first test. When it comes to shoots in interesting environments – in this case, the freezing cold – Mackenzie is my go to subject. She’s incredible and this night she was stoked as ever even if it meant standing under a rain machine in dangerously cold temperatures.

By the time she had arrived the sky was dark over our set – Tristan’s backyard – and the temperatures we’re below 15 degrees. We fired off a few frames without Mackenzie, testing light, testing our “rain,” and finally it was time to throw her into the wintery mix. We shot 22 images that night, spanning a little over 13 minutes, and she didn’t complain once – her hair and face were literally frosting over.
Our final image is one of my favorites I’ve created because it’s different than anything I’ve done before perhaps because it was much more “controlled” than I’m use to compared to ordinarily photojournalistic portraits.
The image’s structure and content was untouched, only manipulations were color grading and a tighter crop.
The biggest thanks to Tristan Gramling and Mackenzie Leander, you two inspire me to push the limits of my photography.

Photo Specs:
- Canon 7D Mark II
- Canon 70 - 200 II IS (70mm, f/13)
- 2 PocketWizard MultiMax transceivers
- 2 Paul C. Buff Einstein Strobes with reflectors at about 1/2 power

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