In-home portrait

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Many of my sessions take place in the home, which is always a fun and creative challenge for me because it's a brand new environment to me and it's where the clients feel most comfortable. Plus it's a good excuse to clean the house before a photographer comes in to take pictures, right?

Jan's portrait took place with natural light in the afternoon. No studio lights or modifiers needed. The set-up couldn't have been simpler and I used my favorite lens to create a pleasing background blur so you can still tell it's a kitchen inside the home but it makes the subject pop.

I love the way Jan's face stands out. A good portrait should draw you into the subject, both with lighting and how the shot is set up. It helps to not wear something distracting like a graphic t-shirt or a neon dress. Black really is so simple and will never go out of style.

I knew Jan's dark sweater and dark hair next to the cabinets would be just the contrast needed, and I made sure to position my camera so I'd have her head framed by the tops of the cabinets for a pleasing halo effect.

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Studio Anywhere: Abby

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On our final night of the Nick Fancher workshop, we tried creating a halo effect using just one light and then taking the Studio Anywhere concept outside, where the darkness of night had set in and the lights from the nearby movie theater created a neat backdrop.

Abby is a fantastic model. She had a lot of ideas for posing and delivered such riveting shots.

The makeshift studio where we had the workshop was a conference-type room with blue walls, and we learned all about how to turn them different colors using only lights.

Posting this for now - stay tuned for some more beautiful portraits of Abby!

EDIT: here is the follow-up post!