Last week, I had the most adorable set of twins come into my studio, complete with big blue eyes, chubby cheeks and a whole lot of personality. They were all of three months old and I instantly fell in love. I’ve known their dads for a little while now but this was our first shoot together. We had a blast. Everyone was amazing. The twins were natural born models and their dads were extremely patient… Sure we took some breaks here and there for a bottle and a diaper change (who doesn’t need that) but as soon as we went back, they were in it to win it.
I just found this and immediately posted. I love it. It’s often easier said than done but awareness is always the biggest key, in my humble opinion. So… start there ladies. Try. Maybe this weekend. Maybe tonight. Lets try to do more of what we feel and less of what’s expected. Amen? Amen.
So I’ve recently found a collaborative soul sister…
She has a winning personality, is always hungry to learn and she owns a canon (which means we can double our arsenal)! Rena was love at first site and this collaboration came at just the right time for me since I was feeling a wee bit starved as an artist. I was getting a little lost in the everyday “to-do’s” and routines and losing the sense of adventure I used to have. Rena and I have been friends for years but it was only a year ago when she decided to take on photography for the first time. She came to me then for tips and I was happy to share everything I know with her. I always do. I’ve never believed in withholding tips or lessons from anyone. Competition Shmompetion. I’ve always believed that “A leader’s job is to help people have vision of their potential.” -John Porter And so I’ve always tried to pay it forward, with the hope that each and every person I taught would continue to pay it forward as well and become a branch off of a mutually shared and cherished network; part of a collaborative with the mindset to inspire and create. Rena fits right in with that mentality and we can’t create quick enough! So here it is, our very first collaborative project and on the subject of Backlighting…
We had 2 set-ups:
1. Equipment: Elinchrom EL 20105 3000Ws Mini A Flash Head, Elinchrom 74″ Octa Light Bank and Elinchrom Digital RX 1200 Watt/Second Power Pack. I set the “big man on campus” 74″ Octa Light Bank behind Rena (who stood at the “x”) and filled the front in with reflected daylight. It created a beautifully soft effect. I shot at 50 ISO, Ap 3.5 with 160 shutter, using an 85mm lens. I also used a Neutral Density Filter to open up the ap more.
2. Equipment: Elinchrom EL 20105 3000Ws Mini A Flash Head, Elinchrom Rotalux 39″ Mini Octa Softbox and Elinchrom Digital RX 1200 Watt/Second Power Pack. We used a variety of textured and reflective backdrops to help achieve the pop of color and light in the back. The key to the looks below was a sequin-filled material that Rena had within her studio. It reflected the light beautifully. Rena stood at the “x” closest to the backdrop and I shot in-between the Octa Light Bank and the Reflector. I shot at 160 ISO, Ap 9 with 160 shutter, using an 85mm lens. Again, I used a Neutral Density Filter to open up the ap and bring in more bokeh.
Rena’s son decided to get into the action as well, bless his heart.
This was an incredible learning experience and what started as a three hour project, quickly grew into a six hour project. The time flew by however and we each ended up with some amazing headshots for marketing. Win/win. If you’re curious, you can view Rena’s shots of me on any of my social platforms. I absolutely love them. Can this backlight be recreated in photoshop, sure but it’s not as much fun, in my humble opinion. I’d rather have it come, as I envision, out of camera and be done with it. I’m not the biggest fan of post and by doing it this way, I’m able to learn a whole lot more about the nature of light. I hope you will too. Happy shooting!