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Before I worked as a full-time professional photographer and opened my studio, I worked as a part-time photographer, and devoted most weeknights and many hours of the weekend on my part-time profession. My weekday hours were filled with my duties as an environmental scientist (12 yrs.) or software quality manager/engineer (12 yrs.), which were my two careers in Corporate USA. My fellow photographers were never surprised to get e-mails from me at 2am from my home studio, then followed up by at 7:30am e-mail from my corporate job.
Three years ago when I left Corporate USA, I would spend all day in my studio, then continued to devote my evenings and weekends to my fledgling full-time business, which consumed sometimes 20 hours a day. After one year of that I knew I needed to avoid getting burned out, so I carved out more time for my pleasure activities, which included biking, kayaking, golf, socializing, and...gasp...even napping in my hammock.
This Forbes article expands on the things that successful people do on the weekends:http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/02/22/14-things-successful-people-do-on-weekends/
When I apporached Drew with the idea of capturing him doing a scissor kick, he said, "Sure, let's do it!"
But wait a minute, Drew, it's not going to be that easy. Or is it? I set up two studio lights: one a White Lightning 1600 in an Apollo soft box to camera right, to light up his left side; and a Quantum T2 flash to camera left to light up his right side. I positioned myself where I would get him in mid-air against the stadium seats and press box, with the two lighting standards in view. His mother tossed the ball in mid air, and he executed the most perfect scissor kick. Well, I have to assume it was perfect, because when I pressed the shutter button, the camera's mirror flipped up at precisely the exact time he was kicking the ball, thus blocking my view through the viewfinder.
When I looked at the image immediately afterwards on the camera's LCD, I couldn't beleive that it all came together on the first take: great lighting, excellent jump, great timing, and a perfect look on his face. One take. One take and move on.
Drew has a huge collection of sneakers and cleats, because he doesn't seem to grow out of any of them any more. I thought a photo of him laying in a pile of foot ware would be a uniquely colorful image.
Drew was the first tennis player I had the opportunity to photograph after conceiving the idea for this photo. I dusted the back half of a tennis ball with baby powder, then had him launch it with a forehand. The powder had to be lit from behind in order for it to stand out from the black background, so I placed two studio lights left and right behind him to light up the dust cloud. A gridded flash was used to light his face to show the detail.
Jenn is the other half of the Crater twins, a lacrosse-playing brother and sister from Fairport. During her consultation she described herself as funny, easy-going, and athletic, and I found her to be exactly that. Her mother described her as being shy and quiet, so I wanted to show that with the following photo of her in the spotlight on the studio floor. Jenn is a goalie on the girls' lacrosse team, so we had to make sure we took the time to include that in her session.
Ryan was one of those boys that didn't have much interest in having his senior portraits taken, and was mostly here because his mother wanted him to. After his initial consultation where we talked about what we would do during his session, he was actually looking forward to it. During his session, he was very relaxed and gave me some of the most comfortable smiles of anyone I've seen this year.
Ryan plays on Fairport's varsity hockey and lacrosse teams, and I've photographed several of his hockey games. This session was all about lacrosse, and after we finished in the studio, we went to the turf field at the high school, where he went through a whole series of shots on goal. I even let him shoot on goal while I was standing in the net, which I do not recommend for the faint of heart.
Sarah has a fun and outgoing personality, but is also a very energetic, focused and driven athlete. During the early part of her session, she flashed a nice, easy smile while in the studio, and jumped around energetically while outside. Near the end of her session, once she put her softball and basketball uniforms on, the session changed and the more focused side of her personality came out, even proudly showing some of the
David is one of the studio's ambassadors from Fairport High School for the Class of 2014 and plays on the varsity soccer and baseball teams. He was photographed in early April, at the beginning of the baseball season, so we decided to concentrate on that for the sports portion of this session and save the soccer photos until we could get outside during the summer months.
There must have been some real magic in the sweet, left-handed swing I captured in the lead photo, because David was in the position to win the Section V baseball title in the bottom of the last inning, and stroked a clean single to drive in the winning run from third base, setting off a riotous celebration. Ever the non-selfish player, he deflected all the praise and instead was happy that the team won it for a great class of outgoing seniors, including three that came through the studio last year for senior portraits. Further prof that kids that come to Luke Photography for senior portraits go on to do big things.
...yeah, like "I" had anything to do with that....
I love photographing the contrast of warm and cool colors together, as shown here by the warm reddish orange of Corteney's dress and the cool blue of the worn denim jacket, then the warn rusty tones of the hand-painted background. Corteney was the first to be photographed against this background, and it looks like it was made just for her.
Corteney brought this leather jacket all the way from Spain, and we made sure that it played a prominent part during her session. The rich carmel color of the jacket was really enhanced by the color of her blonde hair, and was made all that mofe saturated by the cool mottled greens of the background.
The thin stripes in Corteney's top play well against the geometric grey shapes of the background, another favorite in the studio. Her face and hair are really prominent against the cool grey tones behind her.
This is a perfect pose and color combination for Corteney.
Although basketball is her favorite sport, the lighting in this soccer photo shows off her eyes and creates wonderful drama and impact, especially against the dark background.
Ashley is the 3rd model representative from Fairport's Class of 2014 to have her senior portraits taken at Luke Photography. She plays basketball almost year-round and is a starter on Fairport's varsity basketball team. She is tall and statuesque and looks as much like a model as any athlete I've had come through the studio. Although she was getting over a cold and didn't feel well, she certainly gave all her energy during the 3-hour session, then has to turn around that evening and go to work.
I really love it when people bring in their own ideas for their portraits, and Ashley did not let me down. She had seen this idea of writing her graduation year on the bottom of her flip flops, so that it would show up correctly when her feet were crossed while lying on her stomach..it didn't just happen that way....there is actually quite a bit of planning to make sure it looked right.
Ashley's royal blue prom dress really made her stand out against the new high-key set wall in the studio. We made sure her pose showed off the leg slit and the peek-a-boo cutout in her dress. Very stylish and chic without showing too much.
For this image, Ashley was posed outside along the canal. For all the photographers out there, here is the geeky part: the camera was set to tungsten white balance, which produces a blue color cast over everything when photographed outdoors during the day. Orange filters were placed over the two flashes in the soft box which she is looking towards, which corrected the light on her face and skin, rendering it a neutral tone. This trick is used to create impact lighting out in daylight.
Depending on what color the subject is wearing, different colors pop out from this background. Ashley's fuschia top made the pinks in this background really stand out, but nothing stands out more than Ashley, who looked fantastic all day, and was so comfortable in front of the camera.
McKenzie is one of five model representatives from Fairport High School that are getting the word out on the street about the unique senior portraits done at Luke Photography. She is very outgoing and we certainly had alot of laughs during her session. We even took advantage of a fairly warm and sunny early April day to venture outside and photograph around the Village of Fairport.
Olivia was the first of this year's model reps. in the studio for the upcoming HS Senior portrait season. While I had alot of high school athletes come through the doors of the studio last year, I wanted everyone to know that there are many more looks that can come out of the studio. This is why I requested that Olivia be one of the studio's representatives this year.
Olivia was equally comfortable posing as beautiful model with big expressive eyes, as a lively and active teenager, or acting a little goofy when her sister and boyfriend joined in the session. She has an infectious laugh, and shared it quite often as we had fun throughout the whole session.