Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How Did I Do It?

I've had a few people ask me about my webpage cover photo, one of my favorites and my most popular image. The image looks simple, but was deceivingly complicated.

The Final Image:

Canon 5DMk3 16mm ISO 100 1/400sec f8 With Norman 200w battery operated strobe

What it actually looked like:

Behind the Scenese Story:

I was helping a photographer friend of mine at his home studio in Lino Lakes and on a stretch/smoke break I noticed The Tub!! Thanks to the melting snow his wetland was overflowing and I had one of those photo moments where I HAD TO SHOOT HERE! Luckily my beautiful model friend Raych was available to drive up there on a chilly Saturday morning. 

For the shot we had to walk out into quite cold water to get to the tub. I was using a battery operated strobe which I had protected in a big tupperware bin with a weight in it, and had the lightstand up against a tree. The light brightens up the model, and helps with the saturated color. I was crouching in the water to get that really low look, but also had quite a wet butt when the shoot was done :)

It was a bit of work, but so much fun and so rewarding. I get so many compliments on this image, and I wanted to share just how much thought, work, love and excitement went into it.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Surreal Garden 2

Another fun and amazing lighting test in the garden with Allie. So excited, what color should I do next??



Monday, July 20, 2015

The Surreal Garden

This Saturday night I created a surreal dream-like landscape in my backyard garden. Sarah helped me bring this idea to life, and she was just wonderful to work with! We came up with the hippy bohemian idea and I asked her favorite colors- brown orange and green. So we went for earthy, yet unreal.

I didn't expect just HOW cool it would look. And I love what happens in the shadows with the colors. And now I want to do so many more, with different colors!!!

I call these the Trippy Hippy :) Enoy!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Down Side to Real Estate Photography?

Was hired to photograph a what I found out was a condemned property in a part of town where I feared for my life a bit... Maybe time to carry a small weapon in my camera bag?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

A Flair For the Dramatic

I was honored again to do a fashion shoot with Elisabeth Martin from Blonde Swan, who made this fabulous leather hat, and KMK Designs who created this ballgown and who both constantly amaze me with their creations.

There are so many photos to go through, but I had to show a sneak peak, because the leaning light is my new favorite find in the twin cities.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Surprise Wedding Day

Sometimes the Universe comes together and worlds collide. Or come together smoothly and beautifully. Jonathan and Sophie had a surprise wedding, and luckily (?) one of my real estate shoots had cancelled so I was available on one day notice. It was an honor to be involved and I tried to capture their surprise day with love and care.

Here are just a few previews: