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On a Whole New Level

This is my third model shoot with my new lighting setup and I have nothing but good things to say about it. My previous shoots help get me up to speed with the functionality of the equipment. I quickly learned the advantages it has vs my old gear. Going into this shoot I knew I wanted it to be different than the others.I wanted it to challenge myself with lighting my subject and make it the best I've ever done.

The shoot location was Tanyard Creek Park. I have never been to this park so trees and grass are all I knew to expect. I did a fair amount of homework on the location as I always do. A fellow photographer told me about the covered bridge and water access. 

The day of the shoot I arrived at what I believed was the park. If you've never been to Tanyard Creek the parking setup will have you guessing. I mean you don't want to leave your car and when you return it's booted or even worse towed. Once the parking is situated and meet up with my photographer friends (los tres fotógrafos) and of course meet our model, Jaqueline. I had seen pics of Jaqueline on Facebook so I knew she was gorgeous. After seeing her in person. I knew this was THE opportunity to swing for the fence and do my best or strike out trying. Anyway, the shoot was EPIC. Jaqueline couldn't have been a better model. She took direction well and improvised with posing. During the shoot, I learned that she was a makeup artist and did her own makeup for the shoot. She changed into three outfits, each time they got better. If you're interested in working with Jaqueline or you need a dope makeup artist you can contact her through her Facebook model page or Instagram Links provided below.

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I am happy with the final edits and with my growth as a photographer. Thank you Jaqueline for being such an amazing model, we have to do this again. I thank you for taking the time to read this post, I hope you enjoy my work. Please comment, like and share. 

Flashpoint Evolv200 First Shoot

I have to admit I was reluctant to buy the Evolv. Before its release, I'd read and seen a lot of information about it and it was hard to ignore the online buzz. Still, I thought I had no need for it. I have my Xplor for my main light and a few speedlights for backup, I was set. 

Fast forward to after its release and like any good piece of gear it exploded online. My facebook groups were overrun with unboxing videos, shoot videos,  pics of it in its various forms Evolv/AD200) and of course pics taken with it. It was hard to miss anything surrounding this flash.

I ended up ordering and you can see the results of my first outing with it. I have to say I'm completely happy with the Evolv. If you already own Godox/Flashpoint gear it works with the R2 family perfectly. I had only triggered it from the unit when I got it to ensure it was working properly and fully charged the battery. Using it on this shoot couldn't have been easier. The X32N was used to trigger, again im familiar with Godox/Flashpoint gear so I had zero issues in the field.  It was paired it with my Glow 38in Parapop which made it very portable on an old heavy duty Paul C Buff stand. My Xplor600 was in my bag just in case the Evolv wasn't enough but, I never needed it. Another thing worth mentioning is how incredible the battery life is. I shot two models and when I was done the battery was at the halfway point. 

A special thanks goes to the model for this shoot Jacqueline Garzone! 

Flashpoint Evolv200 (Not my Pic) 

Flashpoint Evolv200 (Not my Pic) 

Senior Portraits

I ventured to my hometown for high school senior portraits this past weekend. My first location was a beautiful sprawling property. I have to say, it would be hard not to get amazing shots here. It had a pond, a pine tree orchard, some of the most beautiful oak trees and a tire swing. Special thanks to both property owners for allowing us to shoot and being so welcoming. And thank you Kimberly and Sharonda for assisting. 

I will be posting both shoots soon so check back! 

 

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My second location wasn't too far from the first and was just as impressive. The oaks on this property were covered with Spanish moss. My brain was spinning with shoot ideas for this place.

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Gear Used

Camera

I shot everything with my D800...Its a 36mp picture grabbing BEAST! I'm still happy with it, I haven't even looked at replacing or upgrading to anything else.

Lenses

I used a few lenses for both shoots. I forced myself to do this because I have a tendency to show love to my favorite...So, 70-200m 2.8vr1, 85m 1.8d and my 50m 1.8afs were deployed for this mission. They all performed well, no complaints.

Lighting

My flashpoint Xplor 600 was my key light it was paired with the westcott XXL 48in softbox double diffused. I did use a 38in a glow parapop and the extension head for walking shots. It's a bit lighter and was more controllable for my assistant. I also used a flashpoint zoom for hair light. Everything was triggered with the R2 controller. The Xplor performed flawlessly!  

 

 

 

Historic Fourth Ward Beltline Meetup & Shoot

Last weekend I had the opportunity to shoot with one of the more than many photography facebook groups I'm in. This group has a mixture of photographers and models with various skill levels. The group meets up once a month at a predetermined location to enjoy the hobby we love and learn from each other. 

We decided to meet up at Historic  Fourth Ward SkatePark.  It's Atlanta's first public skatepark and offers an immense variety serving as our backdrop. 

 

The park has a lot of cool features and the one that stands out to me is its proximity to the Atlanta Beltline. The Beltline is a non-stop happy train of people and pets passing back and forth. Some are out exercising, some are casually walking, I noticed a few out exploring, I even saw a guy with his portable kitchen and sold quick bites to eat. The Beltline sets your senses on fire!

Our group decided to setup under the overpass. The concrete walls there were nicely painted with graffiti. While we were shooting curiosity got the better of some people. Seeing all that camera and lighting gear converged in one spot definitely had something to do with it. I love it when a stranger has questions. This gives me the opportunity to engage with a stranger and explain to them what we are doing and I get to see if I can get them to pose for me. This works quite well. I figure most people who are interested probably want their picture taken anyway. (See above & below)

Our group has no intent to invade the park and pester people for photos. We brought our own models. That's right WE were prepared! Meet Sarah Conklin,_(<- Click to see her Ig) she posed for our group and this is one of the shots I got. Sarah came with a few different looks to choose from and she does makeup. She also brought the prop in this pic!  We didn't chat it up much but, we will be working together again. (See Below)

I didnt mention this eariler but when we all first met up. I couldnt help but notice this woman ride her bike into the park. I noticed her hair and tattos, she had a pinup girl look. I mentioned to someone that I would love to shoot her. Fast forward back to our shoot. The same woman parked her bike near where we were shooting. I wasted no time in asking! Vanessa was more than happy to join us. (See Below)

 

I would like to thank everyone that participated in the shoot. A special thanks goes to those who allowed me to shoot them. I look forward to next months and working with all of you again.