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Sedona Family Portrait Session

In Portraits/Concepts by getdrea / December 31, 2015 / 0 Comments

Happy Holidays!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!  Happy Kwanzaa! from SEDONA, ARIZONA

I don’t know what you guys did for your holiday break (if you had one), but I went to go see my sister and her family in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a great time!  I hadn’t visited her out there in years.  I was definitely overdue for a desert adventure out in the old wild west.  After a lovely Christmas with plenty of food and laughs, my sister and I decided that we would take everyone to Sedona, which was only 2 hours away from Phoenix.  We wanted to take a family portrait with an epic desert background.  Sedona fit the bill.

We made it just in time for sunset for that perfect golden light.  The scenery in Sedona and all of it’s beautiful energy was definitely a perfect backdrop.  It’s been cold out in the west and Sedona was extra blustery.  It was a wind chill of 18.  Although, I think the wind chill had to be lower than that!  Brrrrrr!!!

We arrived as the sun was setting over bell rock.  We drove past a bit and found a park.  I got out a did a quick location scout.  I had my extra thick jacket (Thank you to my designer friend, Nordic Beach for the warmth), gloves, and a scarf.  We didn’t have much time so I tried to find a location quickly.  Thankfully, I found a location within 5 minutes.  I climbed off the path up a small hill and boom… the perfect sunset with the red rocks right behind.  I got the lights set up and we did a couple of shots.

I brought in my medium octagon with a strobe light.  My old handy 5d Mark III and the versatile, 24-70mm.  Although, I wish I had brought my 50mm for some of shots.  Either way the results came out pretty well!

They don’t look cold, but it was freezing!  My family are a bunch of troopers!  Off the jackets went and their epic poses!

Check out the results.

The Jones' Family in Sedona, AZ

The Jones' Family in Sedona, AZ

The Jones’ Family in Sedona, AZ

Lighting Technique:  I used the same Medium Octobox for these photographs.  The first photograph I lit them from the front with the sunlight coming from behind them creating that poster look.  There are several versions of this photo but I loved the sunlight coming from behind Shannon’s (my brother in law) left arm.  The strobe was on the left side.

The 2nd photo – I moved them to where I had placed the light before – to my left because I wanted a different background and I also wanted a different lighting effect.  Since the sunlight was now to my right, my subjects would be lit perfect already, but I wanted to add a little more pop to them, so I had my strobe light come from behind my subjects on MY right but behind them, which created more of a rim light.  This time my key light was the sun and my “pretty sprinkle” light was my strobe.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!  Woah!  Today is New Years!  2015 went too fast!  Bring on 2016!!!!

Oh I have to say the obligatory line “See you next year!”

http://visitsedona.com/
www.sedona.net/
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/southwest/sedona
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedona,_Arizona
http://www.sedonawebcam.com/
www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/sedona

 

 

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY – AMERICAN HORROR STORY/TIM BURTON
INSPIRED SHOOT


 

I love television shows and films that are very stylistic.  That is why I am a big fan of movies/tv
shows such as “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “American Horror Story.”
I love how they light and how every character has a specific dark quality in the way they are captured.

I wanted to give it a shot.  Thanks for inspiration AHS and Mr. Burton!

I had the pleasure of shooting, Miss Kaitlin Cornuelle.  I wanted to try some portrait
photography where I would shoot what they call, “Day for Night” with a bluish undertone.  It’s
obviously not the complete dark/night effect but I wanted to lighten it up just a bit.
Next time, I’ll try to go for the full effect.

For those of you non-photo/filmmaker people, who don’t know what Day for Night is: Day
for Night means when you are trying to achieve the evening look with broad day light shining
down on you.

Then the magic happens in the editing room for film and for photographers like myself, with the
magic of programs such as Adobe Photoshop.  If I showed what this original photo looked
like, it would be shocking the difference. I wanted to create almost a eerie feeling and to
achieve the semi “Day for Night” look.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark 3
Lens: Canon 24-70mm L Series

My Lightning Technique:  As I have mentioned from my previous posts, I love using natural
lightning to use as a key source or a filler.  This time, it was really cloudy and I didn’t have that
option, which may have been to my advantage.  I used a strobe with a octagon soft box to the
very left of her face to create shadows, which gives more of a dramatic effect.

Wardrobe:  Kaitlin brought her own vintage looking dress and I added the vintage hat that I
bought from Los Feliz a couple months ago (perfect!  I knew I’d find use for it).  We curled her
hair for more of a classic look.

I loved working with Kaitlin.  Her look is perfect for this and we had a blast just coming up
with how to achieve this concept on the fly.  I am looking forward to collaborating with her some more.

Here’s what we came up with 🙂

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Kaitlin Cornuelle - Portrait Photography

Kaitlin Cornuelle – Portrait Photography Day for Night poster photography

 http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/american-horror-story/episodes

http://movies.disney.com/the-nightmare-before-christmas

http://cinematography.wonderhowto.com/how-to/shoot-day-for-night-0115934/

Jessica & Mark welcomes Baby Maya – Maternity Session

In Baby Showers by getdrea / March 2, 2014 / 0 Comments
Jessica and Mark - Maternity Session in Malibu, Ca

Jessica and Mark – Maternity Session in Malibu, Ca

Maternity Session – CONGRATULATIONS TO JESSICA AND MARK – THEY ARE HAVING A BABY!

I had fun shooting the maternity session for a former wedding client of mine, Mark & Jessica!  I shot their wedding nearly 3 years ago and now they are welcoming a new addition to their family.   They asked me to shoot their Maternity Session.  We decided to do some shots at one of my favorite beaches, El Matador State Beach, Malibu.  I shot with natural light in this one.  I had a couple of creative ideas using shoes and names carved out in the sand.  It wasn’t the usual at El Matador Beach.  It was kind of cloudy!  If you have been following my work through the years, you know how I love to use sunlight to shape my shots.    I had sunlight but the shining rays of light I always used.  Either way, the setting is beautiful no matter what!  We had a lot of props that we used which Jessica and I talked about before arriving there.

That is the key to any shoot – preparation.  The more prepared you are, the better off you are.  Of course, sometimes the best photos are accidents, but generally for clients, I love to shoot having somewhat of a plan.  A couple of photos here were shot on the hill of Pepperdine University and CA-1 which actually wasn’t planned at all, but right at that spot, at that moment, I could get the beautiful rays of light (my favorite).  Then after a couple of sporadic fun shots, we ran over to El Matador State Beach for the remained of the maternity session.   Jessica has always been stunningly gorgeous and as a mom, even more so!  Congrats again you two!

Check out our beautiful afternoon at the beach!  IMG_0875_1-2_1 IMG_0849_1-2_1 IMG_0827_1-2_1 IMG_0495_1_1 IMG_0430_1_1 2B6A8857_1_1 2B6A8827_1_1 2B6A8800_1_1 2B6A8785_1_1 2B6A8695_1_1 2B6A8689_1_1 http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=145
http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/beaches/articles/el-matador-california
http://californiathroughmylens.com/el-matador-state-beach