It's an adventure to work with fashion folks. They enjoy working with models and using photography to display their talents and enthusiasms. Each envisions a unique way of presenting their creations for different audiences. The fashion style is also used in many portfolios since it's an appealing and familiar "look."
High key lighting and set
Bright lights for good detail
Posing lends interest and focus
Two models, two dresses, four times the difficulty
White on white; difficult but interesting
White background doesn't have to look white
Yes, three outfits, three models
Unusual denim outfits
Formal wear, formal pose
Styling and posing for effect
Build a portfolio to fit your goals. How do you want to present yourself (or your client/product)? Will you print images from the set? How large? Who will see your portfolio? Do you want to rearrange the portfolio for different audiences? What kinds of wardrobe will suit your purposes and how should makeup be coordinated with the looks you want?
Most portfolios should include a headshot
Different wardrobe and makeup show a model's breadth
A second look
And yet another look
Open and affable
Let's get down to business
Exotic, authentic wardrobe
Young and dressy
Casual and bright
Youngsters want to have fun and it's best to photograph them when they're "playing." In fact, everyone looks better when they're having fun! Patience is the rule, shoot a lot, and be quick about it. And recognize that split second timing makes all the difference between a snapshot and a memorable image.
Can't fake fun; catch it!
Can't pose this; seize the moment.
Shoes make the woman
Victoria's Secret when she grows up
Resting from an all-day lollipop
Come on! Let's shoot!
Hats are making a comeback
Ready to play
Let's build different things together
This photography is fun!
Rare quiet time
Shall we dance?
Everything in motion
The very young: two weeks
I study hard
And I can play hard too
Capturing events requires lighting of various sizes and portablity, and/or skill using available light. One event here was a planned studio event: four high school classmates, scattered through the country, spending a weekend in Houston. Non-studio events present complex challenges because photography is incidental to the event.
Quality fashion show to be remembered
Portable and powerful lights made this image possible
Even with good lighting, the setting distracts
Post processing made this image memorable
Event rather than fashion photography
Group organizer "Let's schedule a shoot!"
Post yearbook photograph
Solemn group member
One of the reuniting quartet
Let's have a blast! Who knows when we'll gather again?
Let's be crazy, casual
But we'll want a group photo to remember
Wedding gowns represent just one kind of special day wardrobe. Taking the person and the wardrobe out of the event encourages much more creativity and leaves a different kind of memory. Photo packages don't provide these opportunities.
Bright lights on black for drama
Change wardrobe and set
A little fun
Bride in three vintage gowns
Kicking up her heels
Pre-wedding, the floor lends a nice look
Last month's bride, this month's beauty
A borrowed gown made her feel like a bride
Relaxed study: wedding in future
A creative studio session can serve more than a single purpose, as you'll note looking at these images. Families, like individuals, photograph better when they're having fun. And, where are the men? Come join in.
Multipurpose studio session
The young lady appears in the pre-adult group
The bride appears in the gown group
And they're both having a great time
Mother, two daughters
Three now, four later
Some pregnant women don't feel beautiful. I think it's a rare, unforgettable time of beauty. Because of the beauty, I advocate the artistic nude style; but when that's uncomfortable, we adapt. Uncomfortable models rarely create great images.
Modest and glowing
Modest and shape revealing
Modest with participating father
Sepia toned for an antique look
Cyanotype look: a body study
Another body study
Body study, shadow and light
Mother and father
Nowadays, catalogs more likely appear on a web site than in print. But old-fashioned principles still apply: even lighting for the product and an interesting model who doesn't detract from the feature.
Artistic director: Proprietor
Do your own
Bright colors and contrast
Studio light, show detail
Product front and center
Illustrate craftsmanship and detail
Objects need good lighting, detail, attention to purpose
Contrast for drama
Bright light for detail
Hand made beauty
Hand made fabric
Outdoors sounds easy? It's much more difficult than studio shooting. Lots of uncontrolled light requires management. Many of these images used portable lights to get better exposure, particularly of faces. Count on half as many images from an outdoor shoot. But shooting outdoors adds great variety, particularly in eye-catching locations.
Portable lighting for better detail
Small light assist downtown warehouse
All natural light
Gentle lighting boost to overcome shadows
Toward sunset, natural light
Softbox supplemented light
Portable lighting for better detail
Busy location, early morning
Small light boost, high ISO
Neighborhood natural light
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