This was such a cool place to shoot, and I’m a sucker for rivers and water. I couldn’t get much, but I looked for anywhere I could see and find reflection of the trees and mountains. The sky cleared at the perfect time for me to get a lot of these shots and the clouds had a lot of character as well. The Hotel Mead shots were kind of cliche but they came out awesome. My favorite is the last one, it’s really a cool and relaxing scene.
Megan was a champ for putting up with me making her grab her dress and drop it over and over and over until we got a good shot but I’m really glad we stuck it out. Eventually I had to just put it on continuous because we did it so many times. Honestly, it really didn’t take long, but adding all that with balancing on that chair and 6 hours of modeling and we really lucked out on this shot. it really turned out cool. The only thing I would do different is use a trigger next time. I had some really shaky pictures because I was trying so hard to get the shot. After all requirements were covered, I did this last change for my own final.
Head and Shoulders
This was, by far, the most difficult assignment for me to do. I struggled with lighting the entire time. I have gained a much higher appreciation for what photographers go through photographing people. I went over a lot of posing images to get ideas and with each person things were still pretty spontaneous for the individual personalities. I used my reflectors as much as needed, and sometimes had some heavy edits to make in Photoshop when all was said and done. The color change was my biggest struggle of them all. It really took a lot to get it even remotely clean. In the end, I had a really great time shooting with friends and family, especially my daughter!
The sun was not very good for us the day I took these pictures. For most of the shots I used the white reflector because it did the best of not being overly bright but added a nice amount of light to his face without washing it out. The light we had was pretty dim and the white reflector actually did a great job of giving more light without making me mess with my settings too much to get a good exposure on both sides of his face. The last one shows how it would have been if we didn’t use the reflectors at all.