Archive For October 4, 2013
Out from behind the lens
#9. 30,000 family photos neatly categorized in Lightroom. Zero photos of you.
That’s pretty much sums it up. I have thousands of family photographs. Parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, my wife, my son, you name it….and nada of yours truly. Aside from some family portraits we had done at JC Penny’s over a year and a half ago (it’s rather cute how they never touch the camera or light settings there…everything is already pre-programmed. All they have to do is press the shutter), there hasn’t really been any family photographs where I was in the picture. This troubled my wife. She said something along the lines of looking like a single parent because it was always just her and my son. I was always behind the camera….She was right….(sshhhhh!).
So while we went to North Carolina to visit some friends (back from my Shooting from the hip post), we also went to Duke Gardens. My wife was adamant that we were going to get some family pictures. It was an ultimatum of sorts. Well… I puffed out my chest, looked her straight in the eye and said:
One thing I realized….Duke Gardens is quite a walk. The temperature was also nice and toasty (it was noon). I had my camera bag and my bag with light stands and modifiers. By the time we found a nice place to take a couple snapshots, I was hot and sweaty. Needless to say, I could have used a mule…but I was the only jackass around. 🙂
So as I mentioned earlier, it was noon…bright, blistering heat shining down on us. I may be half Asian, but I didn’t want our family pictures to be squinty-eyed from the bright sun. We found a shaded area near a pond, and I started setting everything up.
I used 2 yongnuo flashes, paired up with my Phottix multi-boom on a light stand. I had the flashes set to 1/2 power each, mounted to a 60″ shoot-through umbrella. Triggered with Pocket Wizard Plus X units.
I had a wireless shutter system plugged into my camera, with the remote in my hand. I had pre-focused, and then turned off automatic focusing. Granted if we moved a lot, we wouldn’t be in focus…
My camera was on a tripod (I hate tripods…) that had one leg sitting in the pond.
By the way….whenever you go into a department store and see those free umbrella bags at the entrance, grab a few. They work great as tripod leg covers when you need to use your tripod in and around water! 🙂
So here we are….me and my better half. I should have worn better jeans….Notice the sweat stain on my shirt from the aforementioned heat.
And of course one with our son, Liem, getting a surprise sneak kiss/squish attack!
Ooh La La!
It’s nice to feel like a winner sometimes.
Part book review, part rant on winning a prize.
For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Christa Meola is an internationally recognized (and gorgeous) portrait photographer specializing in boudoir photography. I highly recommend checking out her site when you have the time. I copied the following short bio from her CreativeLive Bio page that can better explain her personality than I can. 🙂
I’m Christa Meola and I’m an international pro photographer based in NYC, specializing in photographing women. I’m a self-declared Sensualist and have been infatuated with visual storytelling since I was a kid. I received my first film camera as a Christmas gift at eight years old and it was love at first sight. Although I’ve shot for champion athletes, celebrities, and models, I have a penchant for working with the everyday woman next door. I believe that imagery is powerful, and that honoring our bodies, emotions, choices and impulses through photography is sublimely empowering. And profoundly sexy. My style and approach is simple, classic, emotional, joyful and genuine. I love challenges, finding solutions, keeping it simple and making it work. Empowering women to adore themselves and their bodies is the best job on earth – join me!
She is also the author of the book:The Art of Boudoir Photography: How to Create Stunning Photographs of Women.
It is an informative, and easy read into the world of boudoir photography. She lays it out on how to get your clients to be their best. The book is filled with Christa’s photography, showing the Do’s and Don’ts, how to pose, creating flattering light, helping clients deal with their insecurities, tips if you are a male photographer, etc. She also takes you through one of her boudoir sessions with a client from start to finish so you can really conceptualize everything you read in the book.
In any case, yesterday she hosted a launch party for her new boudoir workshop. One day I would love to be able to attend, but it’s not in the cards right now (credit cards or debit cards lol). The launch party had over 700 attendees from all over the world, as well as past “graduates” of her online boudoir workshops sharing their thoughts and experiences with how the workshop has helped them succeed.
You can watch the recorded replay stream of the launch party here.
During the launch party, she had plenty of giveaways for attendees chosen at random. The most coveted prize to be won was a free seat to her online boudoir workshop ($895 value). No…I didn’t win the seat lol (I wish!). What I did win was a copy of Totally Rad! Pro Retouch 2, a $99 value. Not too shabby! 😉 If you watch the recorded replay of the launch party, at 25 minutes in is where yours truly gets named the winner. 🙂