Black Widow Shoot Lighting

22 08 2009


I love this shot of Amanda in the Black Widow series we did a week ago.  Mainly because of the lighting-of course she is beautiful,   but her pose and expression just “pops” .

This shot was in an alley in downtown Palestine, Texas.  So room was at a mininum. The distance between the camera and her was no more than about 10 feet.  I had brought my Alien Bees 800s (2) and used a 5 foot softbox camera left and a 47 inch octabank camera right. You can see this by looking closely at the catch lights in her eyes. Usually it is a no no to have two catch lights in the eye, but I don’t think it hurts this image.  They are not the same size or shape and I think it looks pretty good. My opinion though.

I was on location with no power available, so I was using the Vagabond II battery system for both lights. That was the second time I have used it and it was flawless. We shot for almost 2 hours and it never slowed down.  I’m pretty happy with the battery and lighting set up I have.

Ok – you can see the catch lights, and I have told you I brought 2 lights-where is the cool hairlight coming from? The super cheap big light in the sky! The sun was just perfect the day we shot and we just moved Amanda around so it would act as a hair light.  It makes the image mor “finished” looking to me. The sunlight shows the texture of her hair and adds highlights that offset all the dark colors. I cant wait to see this shot printed at about 16×20.  It will rock!


’09 Raider Bike Shoot

14 08 2009


I have waited almost a year to do a shoot with my bike.  I have been waiting until I got some modifications complete and also looking around for the right location and the right model.

We used the parking lot of The UPS Store downtown for the location last Sunday night.  Since I coudn’t very well put the bike in my living room (without risking marital problems) and not having a warehouse, I had to wait until dark to get the lighting like I wanted.

I used a generator for the monolights and floods as well as my laptop I was tethered too.  So with extension cords snaked around and lights everywhere, we were a spectacle on the corner by the Redland’s building- and did even get plenty looks!

Amanda looked great and brought the tone for the images I was looking for, which was somewhat a biker bad girl, but with a little class.  Using a 5  foot softbox horizontally and a 47 in Octabank, there was plenty of light, but the images I like the best, are using only one light. They are much more dramatic. (below)

IMG_0039_1smYou can see the big soft box reflection in the tank and on the rear fender. These specular highlights need to be as large as possible-which means using a large light source. For motorcycles and people, the lights I am using are working nicely, but to photograph something as large as a car, I will have to make bigger light sources (that is in the planning mode).

IMG_0069smThere are many more images to this set, and in time I will post more, but I wanted to get some going here now.

Thanks to my assistant Bobby Sharp and  hair and makeup artist Jerry Rogers. Also thanks go out to Toni,  Christy,  and Beth for their help on set. Many thanks to Amanda for adding her beauty to the images!

Caldwell Zoo Family Photo Getaway!

5 08 2009

I’ll be at the Caldwell Zoo over in Tyler, Texas, on Saturday, September 5, 2009.  If you have been planning to take a trip over to the zoo, why not sneak in a family outdoor photo session? There are great places around the zoo for great shots of you, and your family. If you have kids or grand kids- only better! There is a petting zoo and bird feeding that are great for kids. There are many beautiful colors and settings for some fun, quality images of you and your family-bring friends too! When you book for a photo getaway session you are saving $30 on travel fees. I am there already, so why not pass on the savings? Go to and click on the products page in “online ordering”. You’ll see the Zoo Photo Getaway and you can book your session. First come first serve on the time available. Once you book, just be at the front entrance at that time and we’ll get started! There are only 6 spots open throughout the day, so book early! Each session will last about 45 minutes. Usual session fee with travel is $65.  Book this session for only $35.00! (prints and other products are an extra purchase) After the session, you will be emailed a password to see your images on our site, you can then take your time to select the sizes and shots you want! _MG_8403sm