Portrait Lighting with One Light

Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with lighting, but lighting doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective.

For this shoot, time was limited, so I wanted to simplify things by reducing my variables.

I decided to use a single strobe, mounted in a stripbox to the model’s right (camera left), positioned in such a way that the light subtly wrapped around her while the spill gave a gentle glow to the background. A large white reflector was placed opposite the light to the model’s left for fill. Continue reading “Portrait Lighting with One Light”


She goes by “Elegie”

She says it’s the name of her favorite concerto for the cello, and she’s passionate about music. She was looking for something that would capture her simpler side, and she was gracious enough to work with me on a moment’s notice.

She says it’s the name of her favorite concerto for the cello, and she’s passionate about music. She was looking for something that would capture her simpler side, and she was gracious enough to work with me on a moment’s notice. Though the shoot was brief, we ended up with quite a few shots that we were both happy with, thanks to her remarkable ability to work with the camera. Continue reading “She goes by “Elegie””


Headshot Photography Basics

Before you start digging through the phone book and looking at countless galleries online, take a moment and learn what a headshot is and what purpose it serves.

The need is simple: You need an acting or modeling headshot. The problem is, you’re not quite sure what a headshot is or how to go about finding a photographer who can give you what you need. Before you start digging through the phone book and looking at countless galleries online, take a moment and learn what a headshot is and what purpose it serves. Continue reading “Headshot Photography Basics”


Portraits: Beyond the ordinary

How do you go about creating a portrait that transcends the ordinary? Start with a New York musician who’s looking for something a little bit different, add a Tucson photographer, mix in a touch of imagination and a dash of willingness to experiment, then start chipping away at the box. It may take some time; in this case, what might’ve normally been an hour-long shoot turned into nearly three hours and over two hundred shots. In the end, we had some spectacular images – not only traditional fare, but beautiful shots like these, as well: