Edgy Ballet Portraits with Amber Farran Using Travel Studio Lights

July 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

What a passionate career path without having a little fun and experimentation? That's just what Amber and I did. Amber and I are about the same age, and she's been practicing ballet since she was about 4. The only thing I've done that long is eat and sleep. Joking aside though, we figured that together we could create something really amazing. Amber, in her professional life, is a degreed artist (she draws and paints like a master!) and she works locally. So, creating this work as a team was pretty awesome, and we had SO much fun.

These portraits were taken around 10pm, so pitch black. I was able to focus by hitting Amber with my car headlights, and we lit her using my travel studio lights. The location  is a private parking lot in the Carroll County, MD area. 

So though I do love love love Photoshop, I try not to use it too often in my photos. I'm all about REAL color, REAL details (unless they are utterly horrible). But for these shots, I thought it would be cool to learn how to add a beam of light in the shots where you can see the studio lights. So, I looked it up, and learned how to do it, adding a bit of a smokey twist so that the faux beam didn't look too perfect.

(I really wanted to capture the smoky light beams in camera, but I couldn't decide what "tools" to use. Fog machines are kinda pricey and need power, I considered smoke bombs and flares, but decided they were either too dangerous or didn't create enough smoke... finally I decided on little smoke balls, a fun little fireworks product. I ordered them, but too late, so I'll have to try them out in a future photo session.)

So what do you think?


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