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. 

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.


Gear Used


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.


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.


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!  




Flashpoint Zoom Lithium Ion TTL

I've always owned Nikon brand speedlights. I've owned a few sb600s, 800s and I briefly owned a sb900 and for the most part, I never had much to complain about. They worked without issues as long as I shot within their capabilities. 

When I decided to sell my lighting setup (Alienbees) I initially planned on keeping my Nikon speedlights. After researching the Flashpoint system and purchasing the Flashpoint Xplor 600 I decided to try the Flashpoint zoom to see how it stacked up. After playing around with it and seeing how easy it worked with its big cousin the Xplor I sold my Nikons and picked up a second. 

D700 50mm afs

Here are a few things I like about the Zoom Li-On.

1. The Lithium Ion battery! This is a God send No more charging and keeping track of double a batteries. Flashpoint claims its capable of 650 full power flashes per charge and its recycle times are faster. IMO every brand of speedlight needs this. 

2. This is a bit of a combo bonus. Its high speed sync ready. Meaning there's no need for any additional adapters, it will sync to 1/8000 of a second and its capable of being a master to other flashpoint lights via 2.4 GHz. I've tested this, it will trigger a slave from a different room, through walls I event went outside and it triggered through brick.

3. It works as an optical slave. I was able to trigger it via Cls from my Nikon cameras, tho the max sync speed is limited to 320 of a second. 

4. Last but not least the price. Adorama sells them new for $179.00. This is a noticeable difference vs brand name gear. The Adorama used section is worthy of a look. They can be found slightly cheaper there.

D700 50mm afs @ 1250iso <-I love this camera

Now for the things I don't like. 

The menu and setups can be a little confusing. One of my lights didn't come with an instruction book and the other one came with the wrong book. After toying around with them I got more familiar. In the pic above you'll notice the color difference in the lcd. The green indicates master mode and the orange represents slave...isn't that cool? 

The build quality seems pretty solid. I was initially surprised how sturdy they felt. I won't be doing any drop test with mine so, ill have to update this post if anything happens. 

D700 50mm afs

The Verdict! 

The pros definitely outweigh the cons when it comes to the R2/Flashpoint Zoom. I'm happy with my purchase and if you're looking to join the Flashpoint family I highly recommend them.