Earlier this year, Gift Hughes contacted me to photograph her at a live TV studio. On this occasion, she was going to present on a segment during Let’s Talk Live about the upcoming Miss Cosmos USA pageant. Since we first met at an earlier fashion shoot, I have seen Gift at many events in the area. Not only does she do a lot of modeling, but she is a busy realtor in a very busy market around DC.
For the most part, this TV studio was a very quiet work area. Since they have a lot of shooting areas and an open office area, it was important to not make too much noise. However, since there were a lot of sets with lighting already set for video segments, there were plenty of opportunities for photos. Gift was there to promote the upcoming Miss Cosmos USA pageant. She was dressed in her 2018 crown and a beautiful purple gown. We took the opportunity to get photos in all the branded spaces before leaving after the show.
Dancers are my favorite subjects, so I was excited to make some Arthur Murray CC Portraits at their studio. At this time, Jen at the Chevy Chase studio wanted to give some opportunity for staff and students to get some nice portraits in their gowns. Seeing that this would be a great time to update the photos for their website, I brought my lighting and background and set up in one of their practice rooms. Although it was smaller than a full ballroom space, it was perfect to get couples in dance poses.
At first, some of the students that came in for lessons that Saturday got some photos with their teachers. Having a shoot in a dance studio was indeed helpful since they have mirrors everywhere! They can line up and practice just prior to facing the camera, making the hit rate much better.
When the staff came to get some photos, it was a nice collaboration with their studio, and the dress designer. Artistry in Motion by Julia Gorchakova supplies many of the dresses worn at the Freestyles and Showcases. Having the lighting setup, and the dancers willing to pose at just the right line was awesome. So many photos that I get at the events could be perfect if I had just a bit of control and this session had everything locked down. Thanks to Jen, Miguel, and Emily for working on these with me – I hope they work out well for you too!
Today’s post is from a Clarence Clottey – Studio session for his latest suits. Similarly to his last session outside his office, he modeled all the outfits that he put together. However, this time we met at my studio in Fairfax. Since it has not been that long since we had a shoot, I could really compare the two sessions. Without a doubt, I really enjoyed the control of the lighting. At this time, I used four lights to capture some nice renderings of the suits, and to make a clean white background.
When he put on the white suit, I thought this would have been troublesome against a white background. He wanted to keep the same background as the dark suits, so we gave it a try. Overall, I think these work especially with his dark skin. He does not get lost in the background with some flags used in the studio to keep the lights from flaring back into the camera. I know this sounds very camera-geeky, but I was very happy with the results!