A Free Spirit

23 05 2009
Model - Marinella Boggio

Model - Marinella Boggio

Fashion photography is all about making the clothes look inviting.  How it “could” look on you. Take a look  at this dress closely. It has some detail that is nice, but not necessarily a one-off designer peice. Marinella makes the dress come alive by her pose and her use of movement and the available wind. She makes the dress flow. Easily she could have stood there with a straight on look into the lens and yes, there could have been a shot made. That shot could go into a catalog, and maybe someone would have bought the dress.  But with the experience she has,  she knew,  that to sell the dress, she had to make the dress look as good as possible.  She sets a tone- or mood (yes, I am big on that as you might have noticed). That tone is usually set by the client, how they determine an ad campaign should look. For this shot, it was all her. She decided before hand what she wanted to “say” with this dress. It is her interpretation. She even added the head band, which I think is good for this picture.


Remnants of A Kiss

23 05 2009


The subline for this blog says ” images,discussion, and experiments” – here’s one for the experiment category!

Sami and Carson are a couple and you have seen several shots of Sami before on this blog.  This shot was made from an idea we came up with and sort of winged it-but hey,  that’s how you learn-it’s part of the process.  I used a 50mm f1.8 lens and ISO was up around 800.  I used a 24 inch blacklight and just a hint of a red gelled incandescent flood. (focusing in this low light was a real challenge!)

Sami had applied a fluorescent makeup on her lips and gave ol’ Carson a smooch.  Then came the shot. I handheld at about 1/60th of a second (if I remember correctly). As you can see it is pretty grainy-result from the the high ISO, but I don’t think it kills the mood, or idea.  Definitely an experiment, and it has its merits as an art form I suppose.  Next time, I would use a tripod, and maybe have a camera that works well at the ISO so as to cut the grain. Yes, I could get most of the grain out in post processing-but then it would look like it had, and that is not good either. I always try to get the shot as close to right, and use as little processing as possible.

So-take it or leave it-like it or not, it was an experiment.  I learned that working with blacklight is difficult but can achieve a new look that I had not seen much of.  Just need to work out some of the bugs and try again.


22 05 2009


We are going to stray from people pictures today because I like this image and it is a great example of using frames within a frame.

For a while we have been talking about compositional elements and we have added several to our repertoir. This element is a sure fire way to focus attention to a subject. Frames keep the eye from wandering too much, and especially outside the image.  I was at the Tyler Zoo and walked up on this scene. I took many shots and picked this one as a favorite because it had such good color, content, and the use of the frame was good.

The frame is the tree leaves here,  but it could be a doorway,  a person’s arms or many other things. The point is to frame the subject and draw attention to it. The leaves in this picture are blurred as they are in the foreground, so the eye recognizes what they are, but would rather find something that is in focus to look at.  Once the eye is wandering around in the picture, the mind knows what is at the borders and stays within the focused part of the image.  Even the vegetation on either side of the waterfall works too. So actually there are 2 frames within a frame!

Contrast – Hard/Soft

16 05 2009
Model-Jinny Kwan

Model-Jinny Kwan

When speaking of contrast,  light and dark are usually automatically thought of. That is only one type of contrast as there are many. Today we are going to look at soft/hard contrast. It is fairly easy to convey in an image as a compositional element because the hard is usually a “known” hard- like the rock in this image, and the soft is pretty easy to see as well.

We recognize the rock in the picture as hard and Jinny, the model,  is flesh and blood and softer than the rock. The outfit she is wearing is soft also.  Pretty simple element to achieve as the rocks were already on location (probably a few years anyway) and we just threw Jinny into the setting. Instant compositional element.

So why use it? If it is so simple why does it work? What does it do for us? Also simple- it helps make the subject (Jinny) stand out. The is no confusion on what is the subject. It helps separate the subject from the background. In this case, the intention of the image is to sell, or show the dress,  in a fashionable way. If the background was made of the same material as the dress, (or maybe the dress had a pattern that was like the background) it might be possible to lose her in the background, making the image hard to view, and would probably be somewhat uninteresting.   If the client wanted to use the approach of  similarity between the subject and the background- then there must be some type of contrast element to separate the two. Maybe light and dark, maybe a color contrast, tall and short, or any number of ways. We will look at different types of contrasts, but keep in mind the contrast concept.

In this image of Jinny, hard/soft is not the only contrast present. There is a color contrast that works hand in hand with the hard/soft, and it only helps our intentions-make the subject “pop”.

Contrast is a great tool to keep in the photographer’s toolbox. It can be used to separate, showcase, and make a subject stand out.

With proper planning and forethought, your session can look like a million bucks too! Go to AdamGraserPhotography.com for more info on photo sessions.

Justified Staring!

14 05 2009


There are a few times when I am shooting and I stop and say “wow!” Then I have to compose myself and get the shot before it’s gone. This was one of them.

Marianela is one of those models that just makes an image greater than you expect.  You can see the pose is perfect in this situation as she is very comfortable-in what she is wearing, and her surroundings.  The flash is camera right at about a 45 degree to her and I figured it would be a little harsh. But it works here as it gives great contrast and lights her and the vegetation in a unit.

This image is not necessarily a fashion shot as much as it as glamor. It shows the model more than the swimsuit. It features her and a mood.  It portrays a touch of class and elegance.

Once again direct attention to the pose. Very flowing, although her arms break up the lines around her head and shoulders, that’s good as the eye needs to spend a moment there before moving.

The lighting draws attention to the subject since the background is not lit as much as foreground. (A really big element in composition)  You can see the background, you can tell what it is, and it plays a big role in the image. But the eye continues to come back to the subject because it is lit better. The eye seeks well lit items-it’s just easier to see.

I am very happy with this image. One of my best so far I think. Marienala did a great job and keep watching as there are many more of her coming!

With proper planning and forethought your session can look like a million bucks too! Go to AdamGraserPhotography.com for more info on photo sessions.

Fresh Experience

10 05 2009
Jessica Sauer

Jessica Sauer

Jessica Sauer is only 17 years old but her experience is very impressive.  She is already a professional runway model, and has had print in several magazines including 17 Magazine.   She is very busy with her dream which is professional modeling, but also gives a lot of her time  selflessly in community  service and charities. I am pleased to meet her and her Mom, which is a very knowledgeable and supportive person for her daughter.

This picture has some cool elements to it.  Of course Jessica looks great here, but she lets her body flow comfortably. This was not a forced pose at all. She knows fashion and what it takes to sell garments.  The pose is balanced since her left leg and right arm are pretty equal in position. That makes for good composition in this picture.

The styling and colors work well with the colors in the rock and the light. There is a very warm feel to the image.  And with her pose as it is, she shows the clothing and sets the tone for it. This particular style wouldn’t work well say, in a suburban neighborhood cul de sac setting pulling a red wagon.  The clothing, lighting, model, colors and pose must compliment each other.

Great job to Jessica, and for her dedication and  passion for what she does, on and off the set.

With proper planning and forethought your session can look like a million bucks too! Go to AdamGraserPhotography.com for more info on photo sessions.

Hill Country Fashion

9 05 2009


It has been a while since I have posted, but I didn’t want to post just for the sake of doing it. I was waiting for an upcoming shoot that I knew would prove productive-and it was!  So in the next few weeks I will have plenty to show you.

This shot was from a fashion shoot down in Fredericksburg, Texas. The model is from Austin and knows style and movement. This is one of my favorite shots that I got of her. She knows how to show the clothing as well as put some of her own twist to the image.

Her pose is aggressive enough to command attention, she stands with her left foot planted firmly and is a great “anchor” for the shot. The eye travels almost in an x pattern (as is her pose) keeping the viewers attention -the key factor in fashion!  The skirt falls from her left hand, and the hemline takes the eye back to the anchored foot.  It works!

There are many more to come and hope you’ll check in pretty regular.