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Sneak Peeks: Amalgamated Classic Clothing & Dry Goods

A week ago today I had the opportunity to be part of something I’ve never done before:  a large scale fashion shoot, complete with stylists, makeup and wardrobe specialists, even a second shooter.  There were almost a dozen models, with multiple looks each, so I have a lot of editing on my plate.  For now I’ve been testing out a few processing “looks” for the client (i.e. just simple exposure/color/etc editing, no photoshopping) so that she can decide on what style she wants for the final product.  Even though I’m far from finished with these images, I’m still really pleased with how they have come out thus far, and so I figured I’d show some of them to you all as well.

Enjoy.

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Henry & Edward

Last weekend I had a great opportunity to expand the portraiture section of my portfolio by photographing these two lovely boys and their mom down in La Plata, Maryland.  Harry and Edward were both very well-behaved, and though it was sometimes challenging to keep their attention, I got some really great shots, including a few with their family of chickens!  I will post a more complete set later, but for now, here are a few early favorites.

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Fall Foliage Session: Chris & Natasha

This past weekend I had a lovely fall-themed shoot with Chris and Natasha up near Dulles, VA.  They wanted to make good use of the beautiful fall foliage that Virginia has at the moment to take some photos for Christmas cards, etc, so we went out to Walney Park, a lovely local park for an evening.  It was my first time shooting a couple since July, and my first time doing this type of shoot in quite awhile.  Portrait sessions are always a little awkward for me to shoot, especially outdoors, but I really enjoy the results and the more of them I do, the more comfortable I become.

Here are a few “early releases” from the shoot.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

 

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The Power of Processing: Marc in Close-Up

One of the things that can make the biggest difference in how a photo turns out is also one of the things that many inexperienced and new photographers neglect to learn about: processing.

Though I will later be having an extensive series about processing techniques, for now, I figured that I would start up an informal series that will show you the power that processing has to give an image a different look.  I’ll be processing the same image in several different ways and then showing the comparisons to highlight the differences.  I hope that this helps some of you to understand the role that processing plays in modern digital photography!

If you like this idea, please let me know in the comments!

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Reflection

Something that many of my readers here may not know is that my thesis was a photographic exploration of self-segregation in certain Boston neighborhoods.  I spent about 1/3rd of my time shooting in Boston, 1/3rd of it researching in various libraries across the state, and 1/3rd of it putting everything together into a book back on campus in western Massachusetts.  Though I focused on specific neighborhoods for the project, I also spent a decent amount of time in the city in general and really enjoyed getting to discover the city through my lens.  This is one of my favorite “off the clock” photographs from my time spent shooting there.

A student sits on the side of the Christian Science Center reflecting pool near the Prudential Center in Boston, MA. Taken in 2006.

When I look back at my older work, it is in some ways less sophisticated, as I was less practiced and had a much poorer understanding of processing, but I also think that in many ways, I used to observe more and shoot less, and the light in some of my earlier work such as this is truly astounding and 100% natural.  This image is almost SOC (straight out of the camera) and I personally don’t think I’ve had images that look this good SOC in years.  I really would like to get back to shooting more work like this.

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The Lumineers

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to grab tickets to a joint Old Crow Medicine Show/The Lumineers concert.  Old Crow, sadly, does not allow photography at their gigs, but The Lumineers does, and I’m quite happy with the shots I got.  The late evening light made for some great, golden highlights, and the musicians themselves were so expressive that it felt very easy to capture a lot of emotion!

Check out some of my favorite shots below.