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So it's time for the last 6 pages of the editorial shoot for Utah Valley Bride magazine. I hope your week has been good so far? Personally I've been spending a total of 5 hours in the dentist chair, and then in pain most of the rest of the time :-)
Photography is forever a very fun profession, always new things to learn, always room for improvment.
This is my very favorite of the 18 pages, I coached the groom before we shot, did a few practise runs. He was so good at taking direction and having the right expressions. I love the placement and spacing in it, remember with studio flash I cant shoot 9 frames a second, but get one attempt per jump. We only shoot a few because it just worked so well and we got it on one of the first attempts.
One of my favorite things with this image is the luggage. I brought it with me from Norway in a 40ft container when we moved here in 2000. The small brown one by his feet is one I found at a used store that was exactly like the one my GrandPa always used going to work. So it was exciting to find one and get to use it.
As you can see Mary had a good time using this prop.Best of all you really get contact with her eyes even with such a little part of them showing. What a great girl she is.prp
I think the old style pop bottles look good in there. Again I have to compliment Tyler and Mary for their energy and expressions in every shot.
You can tell how Mary enjoy hassling him. I love his nose. This is another shot where I really like the spacing between their upper bodies. I'm very particular about looking around them before I shoot, especially between them. It makes a difference to have the peace and graphich from the fine tuning in the pose..
I sure enjoyed this shoot, usually we have at least 3 different brides and no groom. Working with them the whole time helped us to stay in the zone and to get a theme having the same feel about it from beginning to end.
To see the whole magazine click on this link: Utah Valley Bride 2013.
Have a great weekend, I will have a new blog post Monday from a cover shoot of the band Neon Trees in Hollywood.
Kenneth who loves his Elinchrom lights and his Canon cameras.
Here we go again. 6 more images and some thoughts about them. Client Bennett Communication for Utah Valley Bride magazine 2013.
People often talk about posed vs unposed. If you watch a movie every single shot is (posed). Try to think of creating situation, here is a simple one, dancing. The good thing about controlled posing is we can make sure they look good and have good light. It is very rare to see well lit flattering angels on the couple from 100% candid shots. So maybe try to think movie?
I love old cameras, this on is a Bushman 4x5 that was given to me back in the 80's by a retired Accociated Press photographer. It's the camera you see on top of my head in my FB, branding head shots. If the camera could speak I'm sure it has seen a lot. BTW I love Jimmy Choo shoes.
Even the little Yo-Yo makes him get a natural body pose. She is busy trying to look though her glasses and be cool :-)
People really free them self up if they can put on sun glasses, masks and so forth, they are suddenly way less shy.
I like the closeness of their heads but still have a little space rather then smooching them together. and have parts of their faces covering one another.
I often joke about the groom being a prop in the brides pictures, here he is :-)
PS. I will post the last 6 images in 2 days, thanks for stopping by.
Happy New Years, yes it's my first blog post this year. 13 is my lucky number so I'm curios about this year.
I have 18 pages of an editorial shoot I did for Utah Valley Bride magazine back in November. The magazine just came out so now I can blog from it. The hardest thing with using models instead of having a real couple is the chemistry between the models. These two models from an agency was fantastic, look at their great expressions, the way they interacted. The exception to that is in a picture like the first one underneath where I wanted them to be serious and look in the camera, most people seem to be good at that :-)
In this picture I wanted them to be serious and straight like pictures was almost always back in the day of no flash, slow films and looong exposure times. It was easier to get it sharp that way.
This page is the left side of a 2 page spread that started the article. It also contain some of the shots they did not use put into the film strip.
For this one we cranked up the music loud for him to dance to, love her expression. They are kind of in their own worlds but I think her look ties them together. BTW right side of the spread.
The other years I have shot editorials for this magazine we have shot it with multiple brides and all full body shots. This is the first year with one bride and also using a groom in almost all of them.
I have a silver scatboard in my studio, with 90ft/30m lenght and hard wood floor in there it can be used to move about . The scate board works well with his silver vest I think.
I love the great interaction between them in this one. This is the last image for today, I will post two more blog posts from it during this week. I have not have anybody editing my bad english this time, so forgive me for the writing part, well I think most of you rather have bad englsih then good Norwegian?
Canon EOS 1Ds-Mark III with 24-70mm f.2.8L @ 48mm and f.14. 400 ISO.
This was one of the most challenging and fun shoots that I have ever been asked to do as a photographer. Photograph 5 very historic olympic gold medalists in one shot. Between all of them they have won 14 olympic gold medals. Here are their names from the left: Bart Connor, Nadia Comaneci, Dan Jansen, Mike Eruzione and Bonnie Blair. I have posted some good links to learn more about them at the end of this blog post. Since this is a photographic blog, I will mainly focus on how I did the shoot.
Did a job like this make me nervous? (Alll 5 flew into Utah just for this shoot!) Yes, but every shoot does. They were so professional, no phones going off, or phonecalls made, full focus on the shoot.
The shoot took place on the Monday after Thanksgiving. I rented 5 Profoto D1 500 Air lamps to have in addition to all my Elinchroms. We test shot on the Saturday before. I rented extra lamps so I could have 2 lighting set ups ready to go and be max effective. As I usually do when I mix brands of lamps, like in this shot, I use one brand for the lights in front of the subjects and another behind them.
My fill light is an Elinchrom 1000ws bounced of my wall/cealing that is painted in neutral grey. Studios are mostly white but many commercial photographers like black walls. I got the idea of neutral grey from Elinchrom's own studio. The main light is an Elinchrom 600ws in an Elinchrom Octa. The placement of this light is extremly esential in this case, where I need to get an even light across a large area. The key is to use the edge of the light, the lamp is almost pointing away from them; this way I only get about 1/2 an f stop difference from side to side. The first person just gets lit by the very edge, while the person the furthest away gets lit by more of the middle of the lamp. I hope I've explained this well enough. It is an awesome way to light large areas. There is about 1 f stop difference between the fill and the main light. The image underneath shows the back lighting. All three overview shots are thanks to my friend Pete Stott who also assisted on this shoot.
We used two Profoto D1 500 Air's with strip light soft boxes from behind. They needed to be pretty far out on the sides since I used wide angle in many of the shots. Also, I had to be careful to not get light spill from them on the background. In this shot you can see pretty well how the main light almost point away from them.
Canon EOS 1Ds-Mark III with 24-70mm f.2.8L @ 25mm and f.11. 400 ISO.
This is my favorite shot of them all. I also photographed them individually along with Bart and Nadia (married) together (Nadia was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10!). I will post 2 more blog posts one from Bart and Nadia's shoot and one with the 3 skaters.
As you can see in this overview, I'm laying on the floor shooting with the 24-70mm @ 25mm. It is very important to keep the subjects lined up on the same plane. I also have them lean towards me a bit to avoid too much distortion ( see how Bonnie Blair to the right in coming forward in this overview :-) Shooting low and involving the floor gives a cool effect, but it sure takes a studio with a large background which I'm glad I have.
If you are interested in studio photography, then I recommend you follow my studio FB page: InStudio Photographics
Here are some links if you want to read some of their amazing stories:
Bonnie Blair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_Blair
Nadia Comaneci: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadia_Comaneci
Bart Connor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bart_Conner
Dan Jansen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Jansen
Mike Eruzione: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Eruzione
Bonnie Blair: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2089667/
Nadia Comaneci: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0173536/
Bart Connor: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0175123/
Dan Jansen: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1139045/
Mike Eruzione: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0259942/
A while ago I had the honor of photographing one of the nations VERY best story tellers Mr. Donald Davis of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. I was very excited since I am very much into expressions which is for sure a must in a great photograph of a person. It was very good to have watched Mr. Davis perform before the shoot.
My job was to portray him as a storyteller to hang in a storyteller center. My message with this blog is to suggest if you want a very grateful subject for expressions find a storyteller and get him going telling a good story. I posted first a collage we made for a fund raiser performance, then each individual image underneath here in order so you can better see his expressions.
Hope you enjoy the pictures and have a very nice weekend.