Another portrait assignment in the studio and this time we had to photograph a bride in her wedding dress. I was excited / nervous about this assignment because most of my ideas for bridal shoots are outdoors instead of inside a studio. However, I think I did a good job getting my creative ideas out in the studio. I wanted a simple bridal dress, simple bouquet and simple hair but I wanted the light to be the dramatic part of the shoot. It took me a while to get the lighting the way I wanted it but when I did I got some really amazing shots!
For this assignment in my portrait class we were allowed to shoot whomever we wanted in the portrait studio and the guidelines weren't as strict this time. We had to a head and shoulders pose, 3/4ths and a full body and then two poses of whatever we wanted. I was very excited about this assignment because I like having more room to be creative in the studio. Caitlin, a first year, was my model for this shoot and I'm so happy that I picked her to my model because we got along so well! She is so beautiful and I had so much fun with her and trying new things. I used a main light, which was being moved constantly, a hair and a background light.
This was an assignment we were given in my product lighting class a while ago in the first few weeks of summer semester. I had many ideas for this assignment, each one involved complicated, weird ideas that took too much away from the simple purpose of the assignment: photograph shoes. So, finally it hit me when I was consulting with a bride-to-be about her wedding that I should shoot bridal shoes for this assignment. It's something I've done before and like to do. Unable to get bridal shoes I went for the idea of it and ended up with a classic-style shoot with the shoes that had pearls, a ring, perfume, flowers and earrings. I really liked how the images turned out. I shot it in the studio at school using three flashes that were off camera and some gels.
I'm starting to fall in love with shooting metal and glass in the studio for my product lighting class. The techniques used to light these objects in the studio are very interesting and fun to do. For instance, when lighting glass it's important to know that glass sees everything and reflects everything. So, how do you fix that? Glass also bends and refracts light when it hits it, so you have to compensate for that as well. Setting up the studio for these projects are half the fun for me because I like creating and building set ups for a shoot. Product lighting is not my forte but I am very much enjoying it.