Having not photographed swimming since I was still in high school, this was a shoot I was really looking forward to. I wanted to capture the swimmers in their environment, without squinty eyes and hard sunlight falling on them. I brought a large scrim and set it up near one end of the pool. I had the swimmers come over, one by one and step on a stool that brought them out of the water a bit more, and shot with a single beauty dish camera right providing the main light.
I stayed as low as possible (I was lying on the edge of the pool), but would have liked to spend more time cleaning up the background. The chairs make the image a bit more ‘vacation-y’ than I’d like. Next time, I guess.
One of my first assignments with Sickles High School was to photograph their volleyball teams in the gym. I arrived early to scout the location and figure our logistics, light placement, etc. I found a wall with the school name and logo on it and decided I’d do my best to include it as the rest of the gym was fairly vanilla.
Main light is camera left and is a beauty dish. Hair light is left of camera and slightly behind subject. Modifier is a strip box. Another light with a 30 degree honeycomb is low and to the left of the backgound keeping the logo and information from disappearing into the shadows. Now I just need to refine that pose!
What a great vow renewal today on the water! Jason and Tina were just perfect to work with and seriously enjoyed themselves tonight. Everyone was just having so much fun!
The portraits were taken just at sunset on a dock behind the venue. I got a real nice warm yellow from the sky and fired a speedlight from a stand just above the camera. Using a speedlight instead of a studio strobe allowed me to use a higher shutter speed and keep the sky from turning white.
This is a slightly more cropped image that will be used for the cover of the September World of Westchase magazine. The article highlights a local boy battling cystic fibrosis and was meant to feature him, but show the supporting family members as well. I received a lot of positive feedback from this image and I’m very proud of it.
Single beauty dish to camera right. The rest of the light is indirect sunlight.
Each year, the World of Westchase gives out scholarship funds to exceptional local high school students. This shot was from the session I do each year for the World of Westchase and will be featured on the cover of the June issue. Main light is from a beauty dish up high and a kicker light low and behind the subjects. I lucked out with the great light as the sun was starting to get low in the sky and cast some great shadows.
This was a fun shoot! The editor asked for an image of someone posing for a sculpture. He supplied the subject, I had to do the rest.
I did the main portrait at the Westchase Swim & Tennis Center outdoors, but the image of the sculptor (me!) was done against a green screen in my living room. I purchased the background from a stock photo agency, combined the three images together in Photoshop, then added some aging to give it more of a historic look.
It’s great being on the ground-floor for a new team. I am extremely excited with the growing popularity of lacrosse in Tampa and being around to see teams like the Alonso High School Lady Ravens do so well in their inaugural season. There’s quite a foothold in the area for kids playing this sport – and it’s only going to get better.
I’ve worked with Alonso High School sports in the past and it was great to hear from Danette and Charlie Bodine as they helped get lacrosse started at the school. They asked if I would be interested in doing pictures for the girls, and of course, I said ‘yes’.
You can view the pictures of the Lady Ravens Lacrosse team on my website.
Tampa Dental contacted me again for some work. This time is was for some print ads they were going to be producing and wanted to showcase a great smile. The white background was added in post as the shots themselves were taken against a green screen and dropped during editing.
The local YMCA is my newest client. They called me out of the blue and asked if I would be interested in handling their posed team and individual portraits from now on. The call was a nice surprise, but even better was sitting down with their director and working on a plan that would benefit both the YMCA and I going forward. They’ve been completely perfect to work with and I hope to keep providing them and their families with great work for a a long time.
I had the opportunity today to provide team and individual pictures for the newly formed Lady Sharks Lacrosse Team. They were sporting their new uniforms and looking very professional. It was my job to make them look as good in pictures as they did in person.
We all had a great time at Skyway Park creating some really fun images. You can see the team and individual pictures I did for them on my website.