Spring is upon us and my schedule is filling up. I have lots of exciting things in store for my journey. First off, Mike Drake, a fellow photographer friend whom I met through Help Portrait has finally secured a date for a photographic tour of the Ohio Falls Power Station. Eight hours of touring an industrial site with my gear has been a bit of a dream for me and now it has become a reality. We've been talking about this for months and I can finally look forward to working in this environment and creating some more Industrial Fine Art.
Last Monday, March 11th, was also the Help Portrait Louisville Reunion Dinner at Molly Malone's in the Highlands. It was really great to see everyone again who made this annual event an success in reaching out to people in need of Portraits. We shared stories, talked business and touched on the idea of doing a Help Portrait event out in Appalachia Country on the border of Eastern KY and WV. It will be good to reach our to that part of the country with what we do so my fingers are crossed that this idea will come to a reality this summer. Our reunion was also a send off for Kate Gregg who is moving to Nashville TN. Kate headed up a branch off Help Portrait event for the Henryville IN 2012 tornado victims which was featured on several news media outlets. We are sad to see her go but we are also looking forward to her returning this December for the 2013 Help Portrait event. Good Luck Kate!
Also this week, I was offered a position to work along side with Jenni Brown who is the official photographer for The Danielle Dafler Charity Gala. I am honored that she chose me among the pool of local talent to be a part of this first annual and exclusive event that will be kicking off The Kentucky Derby Weekend. It will host an array of professional athletes, recording artists and Hollywood celebrities while guests are afforded an A list experience. This will be the first time I will be shooting an event of this caliber and as always I will be Focused on the challenge. Thank you Jenni for having me apart of your team!
As some of you may know, I'm in the process of building a home studio and this weekend really helped me optimize the use of my gear and space. With studio, your lighting techniques will either make or break your work so I really focused in on these techniques and took advantage of all the opportunities I would come across between Friday night and Saturday afternoon. First on Friday night I attended the Outdoor Photo Gear Open House where ran into several familiar faces and met some new ones as well. They had several good deals on gear, some of which I took advantage of. I went in there with a set budget and left under budget with more gear than I planned to, a win win situation. While there I noticed a studio workshop photo shoot was also set up and being ran by Clay Cook and Tracy Zellers. He was putting to use this cool little gadget called CamRanger which caught my eye instantly. It was a wireless tethered shooting solution which can quite useful for macro and studio photography. I'll be adding one of those on the wish list. After checking out the CamRanger I turned my attention to the photo shoot I was studying how the lights were positioned in relation to Tracy and the backdrop, how many were being used and what the resulting effects on the images. Clay was even kind enough to pass off the radio trigger to other photographers and eventually it made it's way to me and I began to shoot. Tracy was obviously an experienced model as she needed hardly any direction. She smoothly transitioned from pose to pose after each flash pop, leaving me with just the need to compose and capture some very nice images. As I shot more and more, I found myself asking several questions about the lighting and setup in which Clay was very helpful and patient with my questions. I gave the radio trigger up, sat back and watched some more, taking mental notes on what I could do with my own lighting gear at my house which in turn would lead to my one on one lighting class with John Adkins II Saturday afternoon.
So now enter John Adkins II, speedlite extraordinaire, I had the privilege of him coming over to my home studio and helping me optimize my space and the gear I have. We went over several basic lighting setups, introducing two and three more lights to the setup and using a reflector. Shaping and controlling the light with the use of grids and setting the moods with gels. All in all this was a very productive two hour class and I find this will help me deliver even more focused photography to my clients. Below are two images that I shot using techniques I learned from John, also you can see more of Tracy Zellers by clicking here. Expect to see a lot more in the next coming months, I'm very excited for what's turning out to be another great year in Photography. Thanks again for visiting... Focused!
Today I would like to thank two very nice ladies who have helped me quite a bit on the business end of photography. Sharon Duncan and Tina Maddox. These two women offered to assist and guide me on the infrastructure of my photography business. Sharon has lent her time and professional advice on legal matters that any business will need to tackle once starting up. She has also provided several resources to me so that I could read up and do my own homework in ensuring that my business will be successful and protected. Tina, from the moment I was first published and started getting requests to do work she pushed for me to become a legitimate sole proprietorship. She made the transition into this very smoothly and has been very helpful with the financial end of my business. She helped me get registered with Jefferson County and the State of Kentucky without blinking an eye. Anytime I have had questions regarding their fields of expertise they have been there to point me in the right direction, offer their professional opinions and always full of support for me journey... and for all of this I am thankful.
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