I’ve taken a ton of portraits this last year and I try to keep experimenting with different styles. Sometimes the location inspires the feel of the shot, other times I use my own light and try to create a mood. I enjoy the challenges with each shoot and I am always left wishing I had more time or equipment at my disposal. This is a very broad set and there might be a re-post or two here.
The Burg did a story on binge TV watching and they needed a cover shot. Writer Brent Wells volunteered his house and wife for the shoot. Thought this was a fun way to illustrate the idea.
As part of my personal goal to get better at portraits, I wanted shoot this round of high school athletes of the year in black and white, using low-key lighting. Sam and Jill got on board and I think the series was very successful. It was good to really experiment with the subtleties of lighting, posing, and toning to get these shots together.
Although he has been in my sister’s and then my parents’ care for the last five years, my leopard gecko Ardie died today. He lost sight in both eyes years ago and hasn’t been able to feed himself for a long time. In the last month he went downhill quickly and lost about half his body weight. When my mother took him to the vet recently, his charts indicated DOB as 1994. 18 years. I thought he was only 14. Which means he lived a longer life than I even realized. RIP little guy.
This photo is from probably one of my earliest “studio” shoots ever, from 2002, for which I used a lamp, some leaves and a big white piece of cardboard. I’d guess it was taken in the fall…
Tried to make the best of a short studio session for a story about roommates Cody Dillow and Bryan Langley who work for rival tattoo shops in Lynchburg.
I haven’t posted in the last week because I have been preparing the launch of my new site pmbphotography.com/creative – with many photos I don’t think I’ve ever shown. Please take a look and leave me a comment on this post with any feedback. Thank you!
The pumpkin that I carved for the BURG cover (it took three hours, I got two blisters):
This is Frederick. He was sneaking up on me a few minutes ago on my patio. But, being the highly evolved species that I am, I saw him and caught him and made him sit for a portrait. (And then I let him go.)
Taken with a Canon G10 on macro mode, in a Pyrex bowl.
I know it’s a bit frivolous but I’ve had fun with our Pet of the Month portraits. For one, it’s liberating to say “Hey, stupid, stop walking away from me!” to a subject without any repercussions. For another, they never complain later that they weren’t accurately portrayed. Lastly, the animals are all from local Humane Society shelters and we have been told that the adoption rate for featured animals is almost 100%. Making a difference, saving lives. That’s what I do.
And thank you, Sarah, for the infinite inspiration in this vein.
- Shane the cat shows off his blue eyes, hoping to woo a prospective adoptive family.
All-area football player of the year, Damien Carter.
Nothing groundbreaking here portrait-wise but I think it was a success in the studio (with our new backdrop stands!). Kim and I divided up the portraits this week and knocked out all four in three days. This was our favorite.