It's been a while since I've posted anything new--mostly because school is really starting to become more and more hectic. Even so, I thought I'd post a couple of micro portrait sessions I did a short while ago. The first mini series with Jenna was done for a scholarship she wanted to apply for that required a few photos of the applicant upon submission. And so we went around our school campus in search for some interesting locations to shoot at. This was also my first time using a beauty dish (I had picked one up on ebay, just to toy around with). After working with it for a while, I realized that there is much more to using this piece of kit than merely directing it at the subject as one would do with a softbox. The light it gives off is somewhat harsh and extremely touchy--making it extremely distracting if used improperly. However, I do see some creative opportunities this light modifier can give me in the future--after practicing a bit more with it of course. Click the image below to see all the pictures in the series!
I also did another little one-shot portrait session with Melissa the other day...literally 5 seconds after she had mentioned her need for an updated headshot. With no lighting on hand, I positioned her in front of the light blue walls of our chemistry building and used the soft window light streaming in from the nearby double-glass doors to act as my key light. For a thirty second portrait shoot, I think it turned out fairly well.