Good light can be found anywhere.The trick is finding it with interesting backgrounds. UCONN's Storrs campus is great for this as well. On this day we photographed between 4:30 -6:30 pm. The light was soft due to some fine clouds which diffused the sun, and the quality of light was warm because the sun was low in the afternoon sky. This helps to create pleasing skin tones and I can get 'catch lights' in the eyes. Open skies (not too many big trees or buildings to block the light) is important as well. I had good light reflecting on the faces. No flash or reflectors were used here, I just found some good open or directional light. The last photo is back-lit as the sun was very low. I wanted to create a rim of light on their faces.
Good locations are important for an Engagement Session.I prefer locations that have variety. Natural and man made spaces give plenty of variety and structure for composition, posing and finding overhangs of all kind to pose people in. Photographing an Engagement Session on the Storrs Campus at UCONN has this variety and is the reason I love it so much.
Meet Munzareen and Ashrafur.They met here on the Storrs Campus at UCONN and will be married next month. I will not be photographing their marriage as they are going home to Bangladesh to be with their families. I am so happy I had the opportunity to photograph them here in Connecticut. Here are a few of our favorite images from the day. I hope you enjoy them. Congratulations to Munzareen and Ashrafur on your engagement and up coming wedding!
Hiring a professional photographer for your head shot is one of the best things you can do for your business.Just about everyone has a camera these days, and many people are taking their own photos. That is great, but when it comes to business portraits it should look professional. Consider hiring a professional photographer. Take a look on LinkedIn or Facebook, there is a range of quality, and some people don't even have an image. Why? Probably because they don't have one they love. Do you? We all want to look our best and have a record of ourselves that shows who we really are. This is not to say that candid images are not showing that... there is plenty of energy in those images as they capture us in moments and experiences that we treasure and want to remember. Those are great for a personal FB page. For a professional look, it needs to be a professional photograph.
Example:Look at this UCONN Business Student above - we did a session last week because she is looking forward to finding work and is about to begin marketing herself when she graduates. She understands the value of a great profile image - Professional, simple, engaging and something she can be proud of. Hire a professional photographer for your head shot as well. Think about this for your next head shot - replace that outdated one or the one that your partner took real quick with their phone camera. Call me and we can take the time to create an image that you will love and that represents who you are right now. It doesn't take long to make a professional head shot, it requires just a little planning... and it doesn't hurt a bit! One last thing... Mother and Father's Day are coming up... May 11 and June 15th respectively. If you call now to set up a head shot with me, I will give you one free print for your Mom or Dad's day gift. I guarantee they will love it! Call now. 860-230-8828.Thank you for reading by my blog. Feel free to leave me a message so I know you were here!
Why Portraits in Black and White as opposed to color?I have a soft spot for portraits in black and white. If I want to have full control of where my viewers eyes go in a photograph - black and white takes away the distraction of color. Black and white can can highlight only what you want the viewer to see through line, form, light and shadow. I don't shoot with film anymore but I do miss the experience of creating imagery in a dark room. Seeing the image emerge in a tray of developer was nothing less than thrilling! Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to mimic a 'film look' by photographing the band Autolatry, a heavy metal band that I have known for a long time. They are relaunching themselves and needed some photos for their marketing. Actually, I must confess - the reason I know them is because 2 of them are my sons! They have had 2 tours of the USA and have made three records. If you like heavy music, check them out! David and Matt are my sons, they have been playing music together since middle school. Dave plays lead guitar, writes the music and is their recording engineer and in general the visionary of the band. He lives and works in Tampa Florida as an engineer at Morris Sound , and Sean is the third member who plays bass and guitar, a really great guy from Rhode Island. We know their music quite intimately as they have played and practiced here for years! Now that they are out of the house we only hear them on their CD's or when practicing here before their tours. Enough of me bragging about my kids.... this post is about portraits in black and white!
The Portraits in Black and White and how we did them.The band was here last weekend and asked me to photograph them. I suggested portraits in black and white instead of color and they agreed to try it. Of course the camera can do either, but in my minds eye, my concept was in black and white. I was told that they did not want to see things clearly and well lit in these photos and did not want the usual kind of band pics - against the wall, sitting on stuff - you know what I mean. I think there is a trend back to LP recordings, film, retro stuff these days - so I was inspired to do something that actually looked more like the photography I grew up with on the older LP record covers. AND I had black and white "film grain" on my mind! Also the idea that 'less is more'was something that inspired me. We decided that our funky, overly cluttered, dark and dirty garage would be the best place to create the photos. I think they thought I would include the junk that hadn't made it to the dump yet, but I was more interested in the sliver of light from one single window. Here is what we created. I say "we" because I feel that photographing people is a joint venture... I have my own ideas and the other person or people have their own, too, and when it comes together the magic happens. I made very little adjustments on these images. ISO of 2000 for a bit of grain, Nikon D700, 80-200 mm lens, a tripod and a sliver of light from a small window. No touch up except for stray hairs... and boy, Dave has tons of hair! I really love these images as their mom, too, because as younger boys, they would not take the time or have the patience to create portraits in black and white like these with me. Thanks, guys, it was really fun! Thanks for stopping by the blog.. please leave a comment so I know you were here.
I spent a morning with ACT Associates of Mansfield, CT. Here is one of the partners, Denette Anthony. I photographed them in the office and out doors where we found some beautiful light.