Sunday, March 10, 2013

Outdoor Portrait with the Girl On Fire

I've been wanting to get into portraiture for a while now but other than Elise, there have been few people who were interested in taking me up on my offer.  I can completely understand the hesitation.  You have to put yourself out there, meet someone you have never met before and then stand in a public area on a bright sunny day with people walking by as photos are taken of you.

Plami and I got in touch through one of the local modeling websites and decided to try a first shoot in South Park.  Plami is an amazing person and incredibly easy going.  Her name actually means "on fire" from what I can remember, which suits her hair to a tee.  She has natural posing talent and is very easy to work with.  That made my first experience at this much easier.

I my mind, I was going for a few back-lit shots with the sun as a hair light and a silver umbrella with a Pocket Wizard as a key light.  I thought this would be a safe and easy way to get some decent photos and not embarrass myself in front of the talent.

Amazingly, we worked for almost two hours taking shots in different places with a simple one light setup (umbrella off to one side, 45 degrees up and over) with the sun behind for some rim light.  I adjusted the power of the strobe and shot in manual to get a balance of ambient and flash as I thought I saw fit.  Both of us enjoyed it so much that we continued to work after the best light was gone.  The images that were taken are below.  Editing was done in a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop.

Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions for improvement below.  I'm always looking to get better and open working with people any time.  Enjoy your Sunday!