Something a little different on my blog today. Portraits. I enjoy shooting all forms of photography. I like wildlife, landscape, macro and portraits. By far my favorite and the most challenging (at least for me) is portraits.
This past Monday evening I invited anyone from our Maquoketa Bank who wanted to have a portrait made to come sit for a photo session. I had arranged with the owners of the Decker Hotel to use their lobby, which was decorated for Christmas as the backdrop for the shoot.
The image above is of my friend Tina. For me Portraits are the hardest form of photography to get correct mainly because of the lighting. Because it is the most challenging for me it is also the most rewarding when I get it right.
Jeanne gave me a “beginner’s set of studio strobes” for Christmas several years ago and I drag them out and use them about once or twice a year. They provide adequate light and have slight power adjustments and I shoot through a photo umbrella or 24 x 24 softbox. The problem is that 95% of my photography is not about using strobes so every time I set them up it is like a new learning experience.
As luck would have it I have three important sessions to photograph in the month of December utilizing my strobes and taking portraits so I wanted to get the learning curve out-of-the-way early. 🙂
It was exactly one year ago last December when I last used my strobes and did any portraiture work. The image above is of my friend Dave.
I haven’t processed many of the images I took Monday just these three for the blog. I’ve had a couple of 15 hour days so I’ve been pretty used up by the time I sit down at my computer at night. Hopefully in the next couple of days I can get them all processed, burned to CDs for the people so they can make prints for themselves. 🙂
So great fun shooting Monday night. I get the practice and the folks who were gracious enough to let me photograph them get a CD of all the shots to use as they wish. The image above is of Amy. She just started working for us a few weeks ago.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your mid-week day and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Be careful.