This week, I had the amazing opportunity to go to Bannack, a ghost town in Montana. We spent the entire day shooting. I got some pretty cool shots that I’m really proud of.
Here are my favorite portraits.
. . . . . . . . . .
This first shot is my favorite. I love the drama. My lovely model looks very elegant. The staircase and the red dress complete the look. I set up the model on this staircase with a bit of natural lighting coming from a window on the right, but my primary light source is coming from a continuous auxiliary light on the left. In editing, I cropped the image quite a bit. I also did a lot of dodging and burning for several different areas–to exaggerate the natural folds of the dress, to enhance the model’s face, and to change the lighting of the whole image a little.
I love the minimalism of this portrait. I used auxiliary lighting and a trigger. Once again, I used a lot of dodging and burning to enhance the lighting on my model. I also warmed up the image, but masked out the background because I liked the tone of the wall.
This image felt a bit risky for me. I was actually using the same auxiliary light as the last photo, but for some reason, I got several images where the light didn’t go off. I thought I lost several good shots. However, when I was looking back at my photos later, I loved this photo. I think the darkness makes it more dramatic and mysterious. In editing, I used dodging and burning to accentuate the small amount of light there already was.
Once again, I like the drama and simplicity of this photo. I used a speed light and some natural light for this one. It really didn’t need a lot of editing, so I just played around with the temperature of the photo and dodging and burning a bit.
I used a continuous auxiliary light for this photo as well. In editing, I lowered the saturation a bit, but masked out her lips to keep them bright red. Then finished up with a little bit of dodging and burning.
The original of this photo was very blown out. I pulled it into Lightroom to darken the sky a bit and bump up the vibrance.