Kristin Ratcliffe Portrait Session at Egg Studios

I'd been meaning to shoot in a studio for the longest time so when my friend Tom asked me if I wanted to shoot at Egg Studios in Bushwick, I jumped at the chance. (BTW - Egg Studios is a fantastic studio, if you're looking for a space to shoot in, look no further!)

To make the best of the space, I decided to turn the shoot into a mini-production. I'd been inspired by simple portraits that strongly feature complementary colors and put together a moodboard to drive production decisions. I was also fortunate enough to have a model (Kristin Ratcliffe), HMU artist (Lexi Doto) and assistant/friend/DJ (Anna Bouma) helping me in making this production a reality. 

The first phase of photos were shot with 2 Profotos Acute 2 D4s attached to a battery pack - the key light was shot though a 36-inch Profoto Octabox while the fill light was shot against a white V-flat. I got bored after awhile with the too-even lighting and so killed the fill light Profoto and instead just used the V-flat to provide some fill. In hindsight, this wasn't the best idea because it muddied the shadows too much and it was difficult during the editing process to get the colors and shadows to be exactly what I wanted. Nonetheless, there were some shots in which the new lighting worked.

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The final phase of photos were shot of film utilizing light coming in through the windows as the key light and the V-flats as fill light. I used a combination of Ektar 100 and Kodak Portra 400 film on my Canon A-1. While I usually love the cool tones of Ektar 100, I definitely pushed the ISO beyond its limit (I think I was shooting at ISO 400) and that created some dirty greenish shadows, which I could only correct to a certain degree in post. For one of my rolls, there was light leak, which initially concerned me but after I saw that it created a pretty interesting effect of creating a nice color combination of blue yellow and red. Now I'm wondering if I can load up film and shoot in a way to create intentional light leaks... haha we shall see.

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Kamola on Film

I wanted to use film more actively on portrait shoots. Last week, I had Kamola sit for me in my makeshift studio at home and took photos with a mixture of digital + film. For film, I used the Canon A-1 with Kodak Portra 400 and Ektar 100. I absolutely loved how the cool tones of Ektar complemented the dark blue background I selected. I styled Kamola in colors that complemented the aquamarine background - mustard yellow, grey and white. 

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Harvest & Revel Food Styling and Portrait

Last week, I had the opportunity to work with Sara Elise (of Harvest and Revel) to style some food and plate settings. Food is a new subject for me and I wanted to explore this area more given the exciting possibilities that abound with diverse types of food and colors available. We opted to keep things simple, utilizing window light to light the items on a black background. After the food shoots, I took some portraits of Sara Elise.