A couple weeks back in early December, I jumped at the chance to work with Leah again (see our first shoot here) she needed some new images for social and promotion. Leah is so easy going and enjoyable to work with, which was paramount in a situation of haste like this one where we had exactly 30 minutes from start to finish before sundown!
It is to me noteworthy when you meet someone for a shoot revolving around an activity that represents a piece of who they are and can tell within moments that they are synonymous with their art, this is who they are from top to bottom. The smile you see was perpetual throughout our time on this brief session. The energy expelled was nothing short of positive.
More than ever we need forward moving people who cast uplifting energy into the air and Leah to my eyes seems to walk on clouds of it.
For this shoot I again utilized a mixture of natural light as well brought in artificial flash to
A) Overcome some of the deep shade in the parks wooden canopy.
B) Have creative control with the flash intending it to be always angled downward towards Leah as I wanted her embrace to reach for the gold hue and for that light to feel like it was as well drawn to her. Make no mistake this was a symbiotic relationship between them.
Forest leaves were drawn into the foreground to compliment and bring in balance the calm spiritual side of Leah's practice of Yoga.
I hope these images begin to portray at least some of the Serenity that seemingly is generated by Leah.
To follow her work she can be found on Instagram @leelee2101 and to schedule a yoga session with her to help you find your own Serenity @corefitllc.
Continuing our collaboration Brooke and I headed out for another quick shoot this time stopping at a local mural that had caught my eye the time out before.Read More
We decided to brave the out of character fall season heat and survived the repeated pesky mosquito attacks to bring this shoot to life (more on those mosquito attacks below)
Sharp and contrast lighting generated from a mix of two Profoto B1's and some mid afternoon sun.
Where Brooke is posed was mostly dappled sunlight so the front side flash helps to even the light on the subject and subtract the uneven highlights and shadows that a partially shaded area otherwise creates.
Also having the second artificial light source allowed me the look I was going for with Brooke as she is a dedicated runner and athlete so having that backside rim light on her provides the look you commonly see in high end commercial athlete portraits.
And as promised back to those pesky blood suckers, what can I say we do it for the glory...
Enjoying the opportunity to collaborate with Brooke on a few shoots witnessing first hand her ongoing mission to educate and hype the sneaker wearing masses on the most sought after kicks. I’m more of a keep a pair of sneakers till they come apart kind of guy so I’m liking the weekly education to boot (see how I sneak(er)ed that one in.. no.. ahh forget it 😜
I’ve been experimenting with some varied lighting technique each time out with Brooke and I think the images benefit from it. This set of images were all taken well after the sun set for the day and the only light available was generated from my Profoto B1 with a OCF 2" OCTA modifier.