Shannon (my husband) has been my go to or “gopher” model when I have need to experiment with new equipment, lighting techniques, or whatever thoughts are rolling in around in my head. For the most part, it completely bores him (and it shows in those past pictures) to stand in front of the camera and I don’t blame him. This time was different. I really learned a valuable lesson, which is: if you know you have a model that is bored by being in front of the camera, really make it about them and find something they are truly interested in. I think it is easy for us photographers to get caught up our own ideas and with the technical side of taking pictures that it is really easy to forget about what we are actually trying to communicate and we forget about the personalities behind our subjects. Shannon LOVES LOVES LOVES guitars. His love for guitars is equivalent to my love for photography. He also hates it when I make him stand outside when it is sunny (pretty much sunrise to sunset). He is of the blue eyed folk and they seem to have a tougher time than us brown eyed folk when it comes to dealing with the sun. Shannon has his sunglasses on even in dark shade…the only time I wear sunglasses is when I am driving and that is even periodic. So, I thought, why not photograph Shannon with his guitar and do a night session! Solves both issues. So, what I am saying in all this, is don’t forget to think about your subjects…they will teach you a lot! I always have fun making images, but Shannon, for once, had a good time this time as well.
(Lighting Setup for three images above..just in case you are interested: Canon 580 EX II in 28″ Wescott Softbox fired with PW Flex and Mini)
(Lighting Setup for image above..just in case you are interested: Canon 580 EX II in 28″ Wescott Softbox, Vivitar 285 HV behind amp, fired with PW Flex, Mini, II)
(Lighting Setup for four images above..just in case you are interested: Canon 580 EX II with 30 degree grid ghetto rigged on a lightsphere, Vivitar 285 bare flash on opposite side)
(Lighting Setup for images above..just in case you are interested: Canon 580 EX II in 28″ Wescott Softbox fired with PW Flex and Mini)