Photo of The Day (model & makeup artist Ambré Baxter)

Ambré Baxter

Ambré Baxter

A throwback to October 2014 with the extremely gorgeous Ambré Baxter. Ambré is so peaceful and a joy to work with. She is also a talented makeup artist and we have worked together on many shoots. Always a joy to work with this lady.

Photo of The Day (Just choose your steps wisely.)

Watch your step.

Watch your step.

Live your life day by day and step by step. Believe in yourself and have confidence in every step you take. You control your feet, you have the power to decide where to place your foot for each step. Following a road well-traveled is very safe, venturing off the road is where adventure begins… Just choose your steps wisely.

Graveyard Photoshoot. (The Bethlehem Church was a perfect choice… )

1/160 sec at f/10 ISO 50 70mm

1/160 sec at f/10 ISO 50 70mm Model Kendall Strampel

It is not often I shoot with the same model two weeks in a row, but that is what happened this weekend. Last week’s shoot was very nice and the images of Kendall in a field on a mountain gave me a light beauty feel so the edits were exactly that; bright & light with lots of back lit sunlight.

So for this week’s shoot it was just the opposite. We were shooting in a church graveyard, ironically located just 1/2 mile from the field we shot in last week. So the concept for this shoot was Kendall’s idea and she presented it to me and when I heard it I knew the exact location. The Bethlehem Church was a perfect choice because the actual church building is burned out from a lightning strike that occurred many years ago, leaving an abandoned stone shell. Now the building is off limits but their is a graveyard with a wrought iron fence and all the graves date back to the early 1800s. Because it is abandoned there are no people, well other than the occasional passer-by and we had a just a two people walk through the background of the shoot.

I shot both natural light and studio flash. Natural light is a true love of mine, but having the Paul C Buff Einsteins on location really does open up the ability to be more creative and give different feeling to a shoot.  Before the photoshoot started I already knew I would go for higher contrast images, I knew I would be shooting around f/8 to f/16 and I also knew I would be “shooting for Photoshop.” While my Photoshop skills are very good I, like most people do not want to spend a lot of time in Photoshop fixing things, but I love to use Photoshop to create images. Difference is fixings an image in PS is something that is done to save an image or help it out a little… or sometimes a lot. However when I open PS to create something that is a different story because I am doing something that most times could never be replicated in camera. So when I “shoot for Photoshop” I am actually creating a RAW image with a camera and using it as an ingredient or a seed that will be grow something from PS. With all that said I still want to create my image and be done, so I have many actions recorded in PS that move the process along a little quicker. Two things I recommend to anyone working with Adobe Photoshop and they are “learn keyboard shortcuts and learn how to create actions and use them.” Same goes for Adobe Lightroom “learn the keyboard shortcuts” they really do make life a lot easier.

I’m not a big fan of light meters however they do make life very easy when working with studio strobes. For today’s shoot I used only one light and that was a PCB Einstein 640 with either a beauty dish or a 8 inch reflector and a 30 degree grid. In the end I can say we came away with some nice images, both natural light and studio light.

Autumn Horsemen (Just how I feel today)

Autumn Horsemen

Autumn Horsemen

Just how I feel today. It is in a rainy autumn morning here where I live.

This is a piece I created a few years back.

Photo of The Day (30 stories up with Danny Sturdivant)

Model Dany Sturdivant, makeup by Ambre Baxter.

Model Dany Sturdivant, makeup by Ambre Baxter.

Today’s image finds model Danny 30 stories high in midtown Manhattan as the night descends on New York City.