I first met Olivia at a CMG shootout in Charleston SC. A few months later when my work schedule took me close to her hometown Chattanooga TN, I contacted her and we arranged a shoot after work. She chose the location downtown, the outfit, styling, makeup, even the transport. I provided the camera and some extra light.
At the last minute my schedule changed, and we were left with just one hour of shooting time. With rapidly changing lighting conditions, we quickly worked through a series of poses and angles, and ended up with a very nice set of pictures. She was looking for something a “little edgy”, I was trying for a fashion look with some dynamic poses. I think we nailed both.
A thoroughly enjoyable and productive hour.
19th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace, Huntersville, NC.
It took me a while to warm up, my timing was off and the sun light was very harsh. After a while I found my rythmn and some great locations out of the direct sun. I particularly enjoyed the Nickel Shakespeare Girls, 2-one-woman-show and several individual characters.
See more photographs from the Renaissance Festival.
“On June 2nd artists, designers, architects and other community innovators are invited to join creative teams to brainstorm, sketch and model together to design an Imaginarium for downtown Winston-Salem. The resulting works will be displayed at a public art exhibit…”
The Imagination Design Marathon was a collaboration between Community Design Studio and the Imagination Installation Project. I was fortunate to be invited to help document this event. It was a very interesting day indeed!
An album of the event.
You Tube slideshow of the album.
You Tube timelapse video of teams at work.
I arranged to meet Angelica at Old Salem Museum and Gardens for a test shoot. I had seen a few pictures of her but had not met her prior to the shoot. We chatted for a few minutes then took a leisurely stroll around a few blocks, stopping every few yards when an interesting background presented itself. I found her easy to work with and she picked up nicely on my workflow – I set the scene, took a few pictures then she added something to the pose. We moved from one interesting place to the next and covered more than 10 different backgrounds in little more than 1 ½ hours. The first 4 pictures below are almost out-the-camera, with minor cropping and corrections. The last two have some post-processing in Lightroom 4, Photomatix Pro and/or Photoshop CS5.
The result was a great variety of looks, and in my opinion, a successful test shoot with a confident young lady.
Warning to other photographers! Even though I had obtained verbal clearance beforehand to take pictures on museum property out of museum hours, and I was complying with the newly published Photography Policy, one resident seemed somewhat irate that I was taking pictures of a pretty girl and a lamp post across the street from his property. I had been warned that in the area some property is owned by The Old Salem Museum and Gardens, some property is owned by the City of Winston-Salem, and some property is privately owned, and to respect all three. Just passing on the warning.
Having a wife who is a Theater Arts Teacher, I have watched every year as she hustles and coerces her students into shape. I usually watch a rehearsal about two weeks out from the scheduled performance. I often thought they were moving towards disaster, only to be pleasantly surprised to see the eventual performance which was almost unrecognizable from the mess I had seen two weeks previously.
This year was slightly different in that my wife now teaches at R.J. Reynolds High School, an Arts Magnet High School in Winston-Salem, NC. “The King & I” is based on the true story of Anna Leonowens and her influence on the court of the King of Siam. From the beginning I knew this production was definitely on a different level, and I had not had the opportunity to see any rehearsals prior to the performance. I was totally amazed to see the polished performance on stage, flawlessly run by students backstage. The actors were superlative, the costumes breathtaking and the performance one of the best I have ever seen, including numerous professional shows.
At her request, I have photographed most of my wife’s shows in order to provide an visual record for her and the students. I hope this time I have done justice to this wonderful event.