I had become pretty good at using flash in a controlled studio setting, but I wanted to get better at other types of situations. I knew it would be overcast in the morning for a few days so I wanted to practice strobes in overcast lighting. People say overcast is the best, but sometimes it's flat and you get no pop in the eyes. The challenge was to use the strobe to carve out features and create both a natural portrait and punchy portrait. My model was Shannon who I had met on another shoot. She had never modeled before and did an amazing job. Great length on her body, and good facial structure for the shots I wanted. The funny thing about this shoot is we got a variety of shots within a 20 yard radius space.
Sierra Blanton is an amazing country singer with beauty and a beautiful personality. Sitting at Starkbucks one day, she asked me if I wanted to shoot photos for both her website and album cover... that was a definite yes! We went for variety to reflect different styles of photography and Sierra's different moods. I utilized sharp lighting with my Profoto B1's and then let the sun do a majority of the work in the second half. In the last photo Sierra got distracted by a pod of sea lions jumping out of the water and pointed at them. Click! Captured moment :)
This wedding was really special for me because I've known Sam since I was born and Zoe is one of my favorite guest at the restaurant I work at! Shooting their engagement session was really fun so I was really looking forward to the wedding :) It was held in Carmel Valley at a beautiful home with the perfect weather. On the way in I noted to take a picture of something that would look cool at night. You'll see I took a picture of the same string of lights when I arrived and again as I left (they happened to be right next to where I parked). One of my favorite parts of the wedding was when Sam suprised Zoe by singing Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up to her as she walked up the aisle, instead of just playing the recording! Enjoy :D