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Megan & Paul Part II

We first photographed Megan and Paul back in December (click here) – so we were really happy when they hired us to photograph them for her maternity session!

Leah’s actually known Megan since elementary school and recently reconnected over facebook. Megan and Paul keep telling us that they have a great time during our photo shoots and that we’re a lot of fun to work with – so hopefully that comes across in the photos. If anything, I think you can really get a sense of how connected these two are to each other and how excited they are about being parents.

Leah and I realize how lucky we are that people hire us to photograph them. Because when you hire us, you’re not just hiring someone with a nice camera. You’re actually inviting us into your lives and often times introducing us to your family. This is the main reason why we work so hard to deliver meaningful photos. At the end of the day, we know our clients put a lot of trust in us and we take that seriously. It’s also why we have our 100% guarantee.

I think the fact that clients are inviting us back is a good sign that we’re doing something right.

Megan & Paul

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I think we have discovered the secret ingredient for any great photo shoot. Cupcakes.

Who knew right? I mean – all this time I’ve been focused on lights, and lenses, and even talking to the subjects – but apparently all you need are good cupcakes!

Fortunately – Leah came up with the idea and brought along some cupcakes she had made earlier in the day. We met with Megan and Paul after work and it was definitely a nice treat and a good way to start off the shoot. Seriously – we all kind of relaxed even more once the cupcakes were handed out.

For this shoot we went to the same location where we photographed our friend Addy – but that was in the fall and the leaves have all fallen by now, so even though it was the same location – it was a completely different look. We also scheduled the shoot for 5pm so we only had about 40 minutes of usable sunlight – actually a little less since it was overcast and the sun wasn’t stretching as far as it would on a clear day. Still, that actually helped because it forced me to pull out the lights and get some of our fun flash photos – plus you know, I still get a kick out of people slowing down to stare at us when they drive by (it’s the little things for me alright?)

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Leah has actually known Megan since elementary school and they reconnected through the magic of Facebook. They’re super awesome and I think you can tell this photo shoot was a lot of fun – remember, don’t forget the cupcakes.

Check out the Small Preview Gallery. Click. Here.

Lolita Fashion Show

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(Note: These are not all of the photos – but they give you an idea of how the shoot went.)

CLICK for the RUNWAY Photos – Part One

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I had a really great time yesterday at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2009/ The Lolita Fashion Show. For those who don’t know, this is derived from Japanese Lolita fashion and not anything generally associated with the term ‘Lolita’ – a more generic and acceptable term would be Modern Victorian – and even then that’s not completely accurate.

One of the designers, Megan Maude had invited me to come shoot the fashion show – and then I asked if I could also set up and do a photo session with some of the models – since I can control the lighting a lot more that way. Out of the photographers that she had lined up for the show – I was the only one to show up. I’m really fortunate that the other photogs didn’t show – because then I was able to have a photo session with ALL of the models.

Since I’m apparently generally over Anime Conventions and found the hall Cosplay a little boring – I didn’t take photos of anyone else there. And there were some pretty great costumes – along with people cosplaying things that were cosplayed 10 years ago… not just from old shows – but characters that were overdone 6 years ago.

Something I’ve been working into my photo shoots lately is putting the models on a different level – usually up – and then of course sometimes I’ll get up on a ladder or chair. Once I entered the long hallway conference room where the models were getting hair, makeup, and wardrobe together – I saw the lit ceiling, and it’s two big chandeliers. Okay Look – when I arrived at the convention there were photographers everywhere – and a gabillion point and shoots. Some even had their backdrops and softboxes out. I also saw several Canon 5Ds and Pocket Wizards and some near $200 beauty dishes. There was a lot of serious gear there and the only thing I can do right now is look at my $80 ebay light kit, $30 flash triggers, my Nikon D40, and think to myself I would light that shot differently (the shots that I saw other people taking – not mine).

So at that point my main goal was to get some shots that were VERY DIFFERENT from anything anyone else was getting.

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Once I saw the long lit ceiling with the chandeliers – I knew I had something. But I needed to get the models up higher so that I could have everything in the shot and at a good angle. Fortunately – the back of the room led right into the service hallway where they also housed all of their tables and chairs. I grabbed two tables and set them side by side as you can see in the photo above. Instant runway platform. Awesome. Now all I had to do was get the right settings to darken out the backgrounds and the rest of the room. If you look at the photos you can see the people in the back getting their hair and makeup done, and just standing around waiting. It wasn’t a perfect photo shoot setup – but it more than worked – and I could always fix it in post if I really wanted. The most important thing was that I was getting shots that no one else would have from the convention. Anyone can throw up an ugly muslin backdrop and start taking decent photos – but in my head I’m aiming for the shot that they’re not getting – just always trying to be different. Always.

I’m not going for anything revolutionary – just something that the other photogs at the same event, won’t have.

Now that I was getting really nice full body shots that captured the whole outfit – I went all out and decided to do headshot type stuff so I could capture the hair and makeup. Without a backdrop or a clean white wall – I had to use the convention room walls – which are foldable and usually an odd fabric texture. Whatever – it’s what I had to work with so we don’t run, we FLY with it.

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See?

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Awesome.

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This photo here was one of the first that I shot – after I got this one my pre-shoot nerves were immediately calmed down. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get any detail out of their HIGHLY detailed outfits. The black kind of blends too much in the middle of the dress here – but the bonnet and face and hair and white are all there – I have others where the dress is exposed more correctly. But you know – after I get those first few shots that ‘work’ – all of a sudden something in my head clicks and aw, It’s On Like Donkey Kong. Because anyone can shoot with enough flat light so you can see the detail in the dress – but can they light it in away that actually makes it look good or even interesting?

Something else I did was move the lighting for EVERY model. Sure they’re all in the same ball  park – but the light moves from side to side and changes height. I’m not Olan Mills and this isn’t your year book photo.

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The back of this dress is… well just look at it!

Right now until my order for more radio triggers arrives – I’m just working with two off camera flashes. Although I think I would light this shot slightly differently now – what I have set up is my 285hv with a shoot-through umbrella – and then I have my even older Quantaray flash on a light stand aimed right at her face. I told her to close her eyes. But it’s kind of cool? Ha. Well – at least I got the back of the dress really well.

The last shot here is Megan Maude herself. She’s a designer based here in Atlanta and you can find her and her beautiful clothes at MeganMaude.com – she’s super nice and really easy to work with – I am very fortunate to have been given the chance to work with her and all of the other people that worked on this fashion show. Below are the links for the other designers.

MeganMaude.com

BlaspheminasCloset.com

Apatico.net

CandyViolet.com

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CLICK for Gallery TWO

CLICK for the RUNWAY Photos – Part One

CLICK for the RUNWAY Photos – Part Two