Here is a collage that Breanna asked me to create using her favorite images from our Senior Portrait session this summer. This image is pretty different from the work I usually put up on the blog – I tend to lean more towards black and white images on simple backgrounds. But this was a fun project, and it shows the variety of opportunities that are opened up with technology.
Having been out of high school for more than a few years, I didn’t know that collages were “a thing”. Now that I have had my eyes opened to the possibilities, I am definitely interested in where they may lead. Collages seem to be a great way to showcase a wider variety of imagery and include some of the “edgier” pictures that might never see the light of day in the traditional world of 8X10’s hanging on the wall.
Anything that lets people see portraiture in a new context, and exposes them to interesting imagery, is okay in my book. What are your thoughts?
You can click on the image to see it lager. Enjoy…
Collage created in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Images are a mixture of film (Fuji Pro 400H) and digital (Nikon D70s) captures
Here are some fun documentary portraits from a trip with Molly to E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn, CO. I really like these pictures because they feel authentic, with great expressions and an interesting environment that adds to the image. The pictures were captured using just the available light, with no posing necessary. I really prefer to work in this way, especially with kids. Interacting and moving around beats sitting and saying “cheese” every time.
To get kids looking at the camera, just wait until they have slowed down to focus on something (like playing the “piano” below) and then say their name. They will look over, and you can snap the picture before they realize what you are doing. Once they realize, they may put on the big fake smile, or look away. It depends on the kid… and the day.
You can click on any of the images to see them larger. Enjoy…
Nikon 35mm f2
B&W conversion in Adobe Camera Raw 5
Breanna was a great subject to shoot. She is at that cool point in her life where she is comfortable in the present, but thinking about college and her future. Her whole life is ahead of her and she is excited about it. That is what makes senior portrait sessions so much fun.
I blogged the digital pictures from this senior portrait shoot last week. Below are the film scans by Richard Photo Lab.
I think the film scans are really beautiful. In color, digital files tend to look sharp and contrasty with punchy colors, while the film scans look softer and more pastel, almost ethereal. In Black and White, film just looks right. The blacks are punchy and highlights retain detail. Love it!
You can click on any of the pictures to see them larger. Enjoy…
View the entire session and order prints here.
- Nikon N90s
- Nikon 50mm f1.4
- Fuji Pro 400H
- Scans by Richard Photo Lab
Black & White
- Nikon F100
- Nikon 85mm f1.8
- Legacy Pro 400 (AKA Neopan 400)
- Scans by Richard Photo Lab
Here is a sneak peek of a Senior Portrait session that I shot this week at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn, CO. Beautiful (and smart) young lady, cool locations and great light – what a fun afternoon.
These are just my digital “polaroids” from the shoot, but they looked so good I wanted to get them online. I am super excited to get the “real” pictures (shot on film) back from Richard Photo Lab.
Click on any of the images to see them larger. Enjoy…
Note: I will often use the digital “polaroids” to show my subject how everything looks before switching over to my film camera.
Nikon 35mm f2 & Nikon 85mm f1.8 (against the tree)
Shot raw files and processed in Adobe Camera Raw (for CS5)
No Photoshop retouching or actions