I was thinking about some of my favorite and most memorable portraits that I have created over the years, but this image of a woman in Tibet from the spring of 2009 stands out as one of my favorites. We met at the gate of the Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace in Lhasa one morning while I was out walking. She didn’t speak any English, and now that I think of it, I do not recall her speaking at all. However, through gesturing, I asked if I could take her picture, and she posed for me in the sun while holding a traditional prayer wheel.
I have no idea how old she was, but I am guessing she is old enough to have lived through the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, and has witnessed a lot of changes to Tibet during her lifetime.
Where: Sports Authority Field in Denver
When: March 30, 2014
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Mark and Kristen had an exciting and intimate ceremony at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado. High winds and cold weather did not deter from the beautiful ceremony with many family and friends in attendance. After there ceremony, the three of us went down to Breckenridge for some wedding photos of the two of them which of course included a stop at the Breckenridge Ice Castles.
I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful model, Maggie, at the Breckenridge Ice Castles a few weeks ago. A pretty heavy snow started falling in the middle of our shoot which resulted in some pretty dramatic photographs and one very cold model.
Natural light is one of best light sources for photography. Most artificial lighting is designed to emulate natural light. So why is it that so many established professionals cringe when hearing the phrase “natural light photographer” like it was nails on a chalkboard?
The answer is pretty simple. The problem is that when we see a photographer marketing themselves as a “natural light photographer,” it typically means that they are exclusively natural lighting in that they do not use any type of flash or other equipment. This in and of itself is not a bad thing. There are certainly valid reasons to use natural lighting. The problem is that the reliance and natural lighting becomes less of an aesthetic choice, and more due to a lack of familiarity with the basic fundamentals of portrait lighting.
There are six main types of portrait lighting; short, broad, butterfly, loop, Rembrandt, and split. Which type of lighting to use is dependent on the subject’s face, and the emotional impact the photographer wants to achieve in the portrait. Going into detail on each lighting type is well beyond the scope of a single blog column, but suffice it to say, experienced photographers are well acquainted with the different types of lighting and when to use them.
I actually love shooting in natural light, and use it whenever I can, as shown in the photos below. Broad lighting is makes a face look wider and more masculine, and short lighting tends to make a face look narrower and more feminine. When shooting a bride and groom near open windows, I turn them towards each other, and position his back to the window. This simple posing automatically puts his face in broad light and hers in short light.
What I learned when studying studio lighting is how to be a better work with natural light. I caution new photographers to really evaluate what they mean when they describe themselves as a “natural light photographer,” because it comes off as so limiting.
Each image below is an example of natural light photography describing the thought put into classical portrait lighting techniques.
I photographed this small elopement ceremony in Breckenridge this December.
I have been in this industry for a little over a decade. Not a long time, but I certainly remember shooting slide film professionally, and having to ship slides to magazines for publication.
Here is something I have noticed in my short time in the industry. Some photographers have always complained about how changes in the industry have “ruined” their business. Recently the big complaint is how social networking allows anyone with a camera to create an online presence and be a “professional.” 10 years ago, some pros complained that the ease of digital photography was putting them out of business. Before that photographers complained about everything from computer controlled metering to auto focus had allowed inferior photographers to compete with them.
However, none of those things were true. The only way changes in the industry can hurt a professional photographer, is if professionals fail to adapt. I have seen many photographers that have well established businesses go under, and it has almost always been for the same reason:
Instead of adapting to changes in the industry, they griped and moaned about how much better the industry used to be.
Complaining about the changes in the industry, or the price of your competition, does nothing for you. It leaves you feeling bitter, not nostalgic.
I got to thinking the other day, and I asked myself, “Why are we still providing images to clients on disks?” I realized how long it is been since I have personally bought anything on a disk. I buy music straight from iTunes. I can stream movies directly to me TV, and when I want to buy software, I download it straight to my computer. There is certainly an argument that clients prefer something physical in their hands, and I get that. However, all of our wedding photography packages include a custom designed album hand crafted in Italy.
After thinking it over, starting in 2014, we are switching from disks to digital downloads. It means you will get your images even faster, and by eliminating the environmental impact of disks, packaging, and shipping. We really think most of our clients will love this, but it not we are adding a new add-on item to our packages that we think you are going to love. Next year, when you book a wedding with us, you will be able to purchase all of you images preloaded on to a custom engraved Apple iPad starting at $599.
To get the iPad kick off started, if you book a Gold or Platinum Collection wedding between now and November 30th, 2013, the iPad is completely free. [read more...]
I love creating images that allow the subjects’ personality to come through. That was completely the case with this image. Nate and Joy are one of the most fun playful couples I have ever known. In fact they even met “playing” while mountain biking with mutual friends in Moab, Utah.
They told me how they saw this tire swing just outside of town under a giant oak tree, and how it would be worth the 10 minute drive to go photograph it. We snuck through the gate, and took a few photos in the pasture under this tree. I love the photo on so many level. I not only love the lighting, but I love the interaction between Nate and Joy. It is so apparent in this image how much fun they have together.