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Good morning! Thought I'd start today with a little studio fashion. Nothing too fancy here, just a basic setup that looks nice. Hair / Makeup 💄 @yuliyajade
Tech: Canon 1dx, 85mm 1.2.lighting @elinchrom_ltd two strip banks left and right for separation, and a @mola_softlights dish up front with a grid to control spill.
@dolcegabbana @brickellcitycentre #photoworkshops #miamifashion #miamifashionblogger #miamistyle at Brickell City Centre
A clever shot of these sexy @lolashoetique shoes 👠 , compressed into the wedding dress 👗 that was in the next room hanging on the bed. Two speedlite flashes were used here to accomplish this shot in camera. Shot with the 70-200 at 200mm. @tanavilar @bridesofflorida
#lolababe at GALLERYone - A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
All but one 🤣. @tanavilar
Dress : @martinalianabridal
Salon : @bridesofflorida
Hair & makeup 💄 @makeupbydarsys at GALLERYone - A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
Yes, I was laying down on the ground for this one..🐯 This was a tricky situation for me. We were in the getting ready hotel lobby, and to be honest I did not see a ton of obvious "creative options". There was no fancy décor, no impressive archways, and no eye catching chandeliers. In fact, what I had was a busy lobby that was not that big, and many distractions on both sides. But, that’s okay.. you just have to find a way to make it work. This is what this image reflects. I wanted to minus out most of the background, so I did this in camera by under exposing everything around me.
Then, I added in my lighting to "paint" back only what was important (bride).@tanavilar The result is a high contrast "wow" image that is not anchored to a location, and looks as if it could have been taken anywhere. It will look amazing in print, it will look amazing in an album, and serves a nice practical application.
Dress : @martinalianabridal
Hair & makeup 💄 @makeupbydarsys
#galleryone #bridesofflorida #fortlauderdaleweddings at GALLERYone - A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
Taken standing on the curb waiting for valet to get our cars. I saw the sunlight getting lower in the sky, and had to run out and take advantage of it.
I asked my beautiful bride @tanavilar to follow me for a second, and with the help of my flash, I was able to "pull off" this great shot! 👗 @martinalianabridal
#bridesofflorida #galleryone at GALLERYone - A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
@tanavilar You looked incredible on your wedding day! I also really loved the fact
that your bouquet was from your own mothers wedding day! This has true meaning, and not something that I see often (ever). For the photographers out there: TIP - When your working in a hotel room like this for some styled shots of the bride, open the sliding glass door. 99% of the time, there is tint on the window glass, and this makes it almost impossible to get a color balance without some type of contamination in the whites, and skin tones. When you open the door, you let in true un filtered sun light (generally) and will help you a ton when it comes to post processing!
Hair / Makeup: @makeupbydarsys
#bridesofflorida at GALLERYone - A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
Testing out the Hi Sync functions of the @elinchrom_ltd Quadra. This was shot 1/8000 of a second at f/2.8 in the middle of the day! The Quadra system (tho very costly) is one of my favorite location lighting systems in the world. Small, lightweight, and very powerful. Model @miaklubnichka @brickell_living @brickellcitycentre #photoworkshops #miamifashion #miamifashionblogger #60secclub at Brickell City Centre
To say that I love this shot would be an understatement. The model @miaklubnichka , the pose, the light, and the location have all come together well.
📸Tech: Canon 1DX with the 70-200mm at f/2.8. This was shot at full compression (200mm) to make the background appear larger then it was. This was shot in the early morning, and the sun was at her back creating a nice rim light. However, it was not enough. I also had to use a 400ws @elinchrom_ltd kicker in the back to get enough power to edge her out. The cameras baseline EV was set for the white cones, just to the point of clipping. This also allowed the sky to blow out white, which is exactly what I wanted. The main light was a HUGE 6’ zebra @sunbounce_sunsniper panel camera left to give a full body warmth. @brickellcitycentre @brickell_living #photoworkshop #miamifashionblogger #miamifashion #risingtidesociety at South Pointe Park
Can you @guess 😎 the stunning @miaklubnichka posing in downtown Miami. Lighting was a @mola_softlights beauty dish in tight on a boom, and then a HP reflector was used as a kicker camera left, also boomed over the water! . @brickellcitycentre @brickell_living #miamifashionblogger #loveguess #guessbag at Brickell City Centre
A very sexy, and very tricky shot to "pull off". First, the lighting.
Starting with a baseline exposure value in camera for the chandelier this
then became where I would build up my off camera lighting. Two are used in
this shot. One up stairs (with me) camera right, with a wide zoom setting,
gelled CTO 1/1 to wrap the whole scene in warmth. Then, my assistant is
booming in the "main" light camera left from above, which is another
speedlite with a grid on it. After I took two test shots, I had the "stage"
set, and then would give my direction for the pose, which I think is working
very well here. @brickell_living @brickellcitycentre #brickellliving #brickellcitycentre at Brickell City Centre
This image is unique because it was two light sources from one light. One
tiny speedlite camera left in the back of the room, on a stand up high aimed
at the wall that was to the right of my clients. So, this provided both
separation and a main light all in one because it was being bounced off from
the wall. Here is a pro tip.. you can actually control the amount of light
on the subjects face in this setup by changing the zoom ratio of the light.
200mm will give a more punchy "main" light (even tho it was bounced) vs. a
24mm setting to just "flood" the scene with light. This was apx. 80mm for
this shot. So, while I love shooting in "nice" locations such as a park,
museum, or fancy hotel.. often time it's being in a four wall box that makes
you a better, and more creative photographer. I would challenge most
"photographers" out there to push the limits, and start thinking beyond
their comfort zone.. because if you do this long enough , your going to be
put into situations that will either make or break you. AND if you can't
tell by looking at this picture, let me just tell all and say this girl was
a picky client, and expected nothing but the "best" from me, and she did not
care weather or not the tiny, crappy room with the pool table would work
well for photos or not. This is what she wanted, and I had just a few
moments to work it out. 🤔😁😎
Pool anyone? Very rarely (read: ever) do I walk into a setting / situation and have everything perfect in terms of lighting. This for example was just a little room inside of the lobby of their apartment building, and they were like "Hey, we want some fun shots of us playing pool" I took one look in the room, and saw a dark, dismal looking space and was like "ah.. okay.. sure.. hang on a sec" and then needed to quickly think fast. There were no windows, and the overhead lights made the room look like Walmart. So.. that was out. I also did not like the look of my off camera flash in the usual places. (it bounced everywhere and make the whole scene look too point and shoot). SO.. I decided to scrap the big guns, and go simple. A speedlite. I took one, gelled it a full CTO, and placed on a stand camera left as FAR as I could get it, and used a nice wide zoom setting to fully wrap them in light. I set the camera to "ambient" without letting anything else bleed in too much on the camera sensor and then dialed up the flash until I had the look, and balance I wanted. It was critical that both of the subjects were looking the same direction. Otherwise this would not have worked, and this is then what led me to the pose that you see here 😉 @eastmia @brickell_living @brickellcitycentre #brickellliving #brickellcitycentre at Brickell City Centre
A very unique, and different type of shot for this engagement session. This was taken in one of the “common areas” of their building. The picture was made by first starting with a “black frame” in the camera, and then painting in / controlling every aspect with lighting. In this example, I have used two lights in total. One of them is FAR away camera right, and is covered with a full CTO gel to give the warming effect. This was a simple speedlite, and was set for a very wide zoom setting to fully envelope the scene as a “baseline”. Next, I added another light very close to my bride.. and used a grid to help contain the “spill” of light. This light was not gelled, and further gives contrast to the final image in the way of color balance, and exposure value. @brickell_living @eastmia @brickellcitycentre #brickellliving #eastmia #brickellcitycentre at Brickell City Centre
What a crazy day, locked inside of a venue, clients rental car got stuck, and during this session I get a call that my 5yr old needs to be picked up from school with a high fever. 😂 but.. I made it happen 😎 at Brickell
Mist, smoke and love ❤️ Hair & makeup 💄 @sissihairandmakeup
@brickell_living @brickellcitycentre #brickellliving #brickellcitycentre at Brickell
(Reposting to correct the position in my grid) . Crazy shot taken at @fairchildgarden when we were accidentally locked inside after hours, and waiting for security to let us out! Decided to take advantage and keep shooting 😁 #fairchildgardenswedding #highspeedsync
Hair & makeup 💄 @sissihairandmakeup
Lighting @elinchrom_ltd at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Rocking the 85mm f/1.2 and some high speed flash sync thanks to @elinchrom_ltd here I am using the sun as a separation light, and then matching this power level with the flash. #elinchrom #fairchildgardenswedding #highspeedsync
Hair & makeup 💄 @sissihairandmakeup at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
A little fun in the bushes 😊. It's so important to "see" the light when on location, and never to let the background dictate where the shot needs to happen. Follow the light, and be creative!
Hair & makeup 💄 @sissihairandmakeup
Location @fairchildgarden #fairchildgardenswedding at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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