Shooting Portraiture in Victor, Idaho
Portraiture has easily become one of my favorite types of photography to shoot. Although I consider myself a landscape and fine art photographer, applying my fine art photography skills to portrait photography has to be some of my favorite portrait photography memories I’ve made. I had the opportunity to take part in a stylized portrait photoshoot with several amazing models. Each had their own style, mood, and story to bring, so it was a pleasure to be able to show through photography what they were trying to convey.
In this first portrait, I had the incredible blessing to photograph my good friend, Danielle. Her beauty and style added to the story I envisioned, so I asked her to model for me. I love cinematic, dramatic portraits, so I used certain auxillary lighting to achieve that feeling as well as including a complementary gradient map to give color contrast to the photo.
For this photo I had a fun time interacting and photographing this model. I felt she had a really good sense for modeling naturally, so I let her take the reigns of what she was going to do modeling-wise. I told her, “don’t be afraid to get a little weird”, and she whipped out some awesome modeling poses for me to photograph.
This next photo is a favorite of mine. I did minimal retouching on the actual model and the light that we were using was awesome. For this photo I wanted to it be dramatic, low key, and memorable. With the light, I wanted to go for a split lighting pattern to further develop that dramatic message. After editing this photo though, I felt something was missing, so I decided to add some text and make a mock sports ad for Nike.
I got another incredible image of this fantastic model. For this photo I wanted more of a desaturated, earthy toned photo with less of an editorial/fashion look. Although I had her do more of a posed, editorial pose, I wanted to keep the earthy tones while I retouched and processed this photo.
For this I included a lighting technique called SQIBB (studio quality invisible black background) that I picked up from Caryn Esplin. Both the model and I were in a normal lit room and with a speedlight, rogue modifier, and my camera settings, I was able to capture this studio look. I absolutely loved her look and just her natural beauty, so I kept that in mind when I was trying decided what type of lighting I wanted to utilize for this photo.
This next image was kind of a happy accident. After doing frequency separation and color grading the image I accidentally hit the Black and White Adjustment Layer and I LOVED how it looked, so I kept it as a cool black and white image. After converting it, I played with the saturation of the different hues to get some good contrast and then added a curves adjustment layer to deepen the contrast between the highlights and the shadows
And then lastly, one of my favorites to this day. I took this photo of my good friend, Emilee. If you know her in real life, you know that she is one of the most joyful, humble, and incredibly kind people you’ll ever meet. With that in mind, I wanted to show that by using some incredible golden hour light, right as the sun was rising. The rich golden light exudes a feeling of happiness, kindness, and goodness and it definitely matches who she is!