Category Archives: Portraits

Drew & Karl Groupshoot in Topanga, June 2013

This groupshoot took place all the way in Topanga, which was a lot farther away than I expected. It was a nice location though, with a couple returning models and some new ones, such as Carol and Sara. Got to try out my light both indoors and outdoors this time, though I think I still need some practice to use it properly. I think I did end up with a few good shots though!

Camera: Canon 6D with 24-105mm f/4L IS. Light: Einstein E640 with 22″ white beauty dish.

Steampunk Photoshoot

I went to a Steampunk shoot this weekend, with models dressed in several different themed outfits. The location was at a warehouse, so there were a few nice locations that could be used. While most of the other photographers took their shots inside, I thought the outside had more interesting settings. There was a rusted metal ramp, some corrugated metal walls, and even a storage area with a broken machine draped in tubes and wires (plus there was more room to move my light around outside).

I wasn’t able to shoot all of the models present, but the ones I did have an opportunity to work with were very nice. Sarah had an impressive collection of gears in her hair, while Aly had a really colorful corset. Crystal wore a long flowing dress and Tamara had a really eye-catching black and white outfit which contrasted really nice with one of the white metal walls.

Even though I didn’t have a chance to take as many pictures as I’d hoped, it was still a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to the next themed shoot.

Camera: Canon 6D with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. Light: Einstein E640 with 22″ white beauty dish.

Drew & Karl Groupshoot in Corona, Part 2

My third groupshoot this weekend, held the same house as last time. A few more new models this time around, including Anna and Ashlin. Krisana and Kristin from last month were there too. It was another cloudless day with the sun shining down, making everything really bright and hot.

This time I’d bought a light setup (from Paul C. Buff) the week before, so I was able to use it for several indoor shooting sessions. When outdoors, I still used my 580EX II if needed. I also used a 70-200mm lens, to see how much of a difference it would make. And while it certainly was convenient to use outdoors, it turned out to be a bit tricky to use indoors. The long focal length made it a challenge to take full-body portraits sometimes, especially in locations without a lot of room to move around.

And as it turns out, I really like taking pictures of people’s portraits up-close, especially of their eyes. They’re so varied and I love the textures.

Camera: Canon 6D with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. Light: Einstein E640 with 22″ white beauty dish.