One of the amazing perks of my job is the wide range of variety of what I am asked to photograph. My subjects range from actors and models needing headshots, corporate client needs, models needing portfolio development, illustrative and still life/product studio work and so many other great things.
Recently I was asked to photograph some amazing furniture and upholstery pieces hand crafted by Kyle Bunting. Bunting creates beautiful rugs, wall coverings and other interior applications from cowhide. You really should visit their website to fully grasp the amazing potential of hair on hide use.
I try to keep this blog as far away from my personal life and strictly about the photography I am creating. But….the reality is that my personal life has a strong impact in shaping the work I am producing and my overall well being. Today, January 12th, Jen and I celebrate our anniversary.
This past weekend was an amazing weekend of great news and great ideas following along the lines of change for a new year.
Saturday morning was an earlier than normal wake up time for the weekend. I actually had to wake up my 8 year old daughter….instead of her waking me up first. While Jen and the kiddo got ready, I was in the kitchen drinking coffee and unloading and loading the dishwasher. I remembered we were going to Jen’s sister’s house after we finished up at the doctor’s office. Like a bolt of lightning (or maybe it was all the water splashing around the electrical sockets), an idea hit me! Jen’s nephews are just young enough still that they LOVE to dress up in costumes and act like they are Iron Man, Hulk, Batman, Captain America and so on. Not only do they love dressing up in the costumes, they dive 110% in to their chosen superhero’s character. Since all the lighting equipment was already in the Jeep, I knew what I had to do. I had to take pictures of them.
Once we got to the house, we told them the plan and made them start getting into character. Which is a very dangerous thing, because having an angry 2 year old Hulk in the house is a little bit scary. I went out front and quickly scouted the locations I was going to use and started building the different lighting set ups.
I knew I wanted to keep the background slightly underexposed for both of the below shots. I really wanted to make the boys separate and really pop from the background, so I went with a hard accent to create a hard halo of rim light and…POW! I devised a quick three light set-up. I quickly metered the ambient exposure and my desired exposure for all the action. I wasn’t worried about the ambient light too much…I was more worried about keeping the boys entertained….kids under the age of 6 have a very, very small attention span.
In a matter of ten to fifteen minutes, we were able to create the below images….and keep the boys entertained between their time in the light!
Thank you to Melanie and Josh for allowing me to work with your two boys!
It has been awhile since I have written a new blog post. So here goes…
The past two months have been fast paced and hectic as the year comes closer to a close. A lot of great projects have been keeping us busy over here, including a couple of soon to be published images in advertisements as well as editorial publications. Throw in wrapping up some edits on some new personal work, an in-process revamping of the website content and some diversification that will result in moving some of our work to new websites and we have been up to our eyeballs in busy…..
I first shot a similar image of this HTC cell phone covered in a semi transparent blue goo about a year and a half or so ago. I was digging around in my archives over the weekend and remembered I had photographed this same phone covered in chocolate syrup. How or why I chose to not work on these images back then, I have no idea.
After creating the final composite, I sent the image out to a couple of different friends, associates, and the girlfriend. She suggested that I add the popsicle stick to the image. Her reasoning was simple, “This picture makes me want ice cream”.
Shawn Collie Photography