Color, Color Everywhere, Part 3

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This third and final part of the Color Block Photo shoot features our second model, Jordan.   I just love all of this purple.  Jordan did a great job posing and connecting with our cameras.  Her personality shines in these.

This is purple hat began as a white one and ended up purple thanks to spray paint.  It was such fun preparing for this session.  We shopped, shopped and shopped some more. Building a vision isn’t easy. Just wait until you see the next concept shoot.

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We may need to start calling Jordan the “Hat Girl”. She certainly wears hats well.  This natural colored hat may be my favorite. Very few can wear it with such aplomb. Actually our other model, Danielle, looked great in it, too. We were lucky to have such super young ladies to model for Color Block.

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The yellow series really pops.  The royal blue is the perfect compliment.   The purple would also look nice. We were swapping outfits and backgrounds for nearly 3 hours as we photographed.  It took a lot of time even in its simplicity to prepare and shoot this session.

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With all of the color, I couldn’t resist converting some to black and white.  Don’t you just love Jordan’s expression.  And she didn’t even get to take a big bite out of that fancy donut.  At least not until later.  We sent the girls home armed with a box of donuts.

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Since I am trying to think “commercial” as I shoot these days, I shot this and a number of the other images with negative space on one side or the other.   That works well if text needs to be added for a project.

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After all is said and done, I think my favorite images of Jordan are on the purple background.  I did add the pattern to this one just for interest.

Until next time, stay cool!

 

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Color, Color Everywhere, Part 2

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Color everywhere doesn’t always mean vivid backgrounds. Sometimes a white background is the perfect thing for color like this outfit.   It makes it and our model pop off the page.  And, these images look equally good in black and white with their high contrast.

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Part 2 of Color, Color Everywhere features Danielle.  She was one of our two lovely models.  She did a great job and was very willing to go along with all of our crazy ideas including wearing shoes we spray painted bright orange which, of course, don’t show in this next shot.  I have found over the years that I rarely shoot full bodies.  It isn’t what I like.  I guess I may as well quit worrying about what my models have on their feet!

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We intentionally chose fairly flat lighting for this session.  We used a 96″  parabolic umbrella with a diffuser and a 48″ octabox.  We still got directional light but very little shadow.

Since I am involved in the Project 52 commercial photography course this year, you’ll notice that we incorporated food in some of our shots.   Some are silly shots but all coordinated with the overall color themes we used.

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As you can see, Danielle was asked to pose in different outfits with different moods and with looks from silly to sophisticated.  I think Danielle had a good time.  We certainly did.

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My next blog entry will be part 3 of this series and the last of the series.  It will feature Jordan who was our second model.  See you soon!

Color, Color Everywhere!

 

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I did a Color Block photo shoot with another professional photographer and it was fun, fun, fun! We had two delightful young ladies who modeled for us.  Our concept was to use wildly bright colors using several different backgrounds with various outfits we provided in complimentary colors.

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It took us weeks to pull all of the “stuff” together that we needed.  The backgrounds were the easiest thanks to Groupon.  Trips to several different thrift stores, dollar stores and paint shops got us started with hats, purses, shoes, scarves, makeup, nail polish, eyeliners lipsticks and even wigs.  We didn’t use everything we got in this session.  It took multiple hours to shoot two models with multiple changes each.  We plan a second session sometime later.  Along with some existing clothing and props like umbrellas that we already had, we were ready to start putting everything together for different sets. Once we began putting outfits to background, we started spray painting accessories like hats and shoes to complete our desired looks.  It’s amazing how spray painted straw hats (like the purple one above) come out so well.

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We mixed and matched hats with different dresses.  As we shot different looks and scenes, we each had images created by our own individual styles.  Once we got going, we found ourselves coming up with more ideas than we could possibly shoot in one afternoon.  These concept shoots get so exciting as we expand our original ideas to match our enthusiasm and our models’ personalities.  When I got to post production, I found some of these bright images also looked intriguing in black and white.  On the other hand, you can’t see that turquoise background, orange dress or that orange hat.  I love this moody look, though.

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This is just a taste of how our Color Block concept shoot went.  I’ll write about this again with more details, more pictures and more backgrounds soon.  See you next time.  Happy Saturday!