Jace – 9 Months

Posted on May 25, 2011

I had a great session with 9 month old Jace. We had originally planned to do the shoot outdoors, but it was overcast and rainy on this day, so we started off indoors against a white background.

It was chilly outside, but we had a break from the rain long enough to run outside and get some quick shots in the yard of a nearby house.

Thanks again to Josh and Annette for bringing Jace by. Check out the full gallery of Jace’s shoot.

Smyrna Dental Group

Posted on May 18, 2011

My local dentist at Smyrna Dental Group asked me to help out with some photos of their staff and building. After discussing their needs, we got a shot list together that consisted of headshots of each employee, a group photo, and then a shot of the outside of the building.

I planned to do the shots with the employees on a separate day than the shot of the building. Since it’s just a strip mall-type building, I wanted to make the photo of the building a little more interesting. I used an iPhone app to determine the location of the sun and saw that it was going to be just behind the building at sunset. Perfect. That’d give me a very colorful sky and I wouldn’t have a harsh shadow on the front of the building. Plus, the building has a cool lamppost out front that I was hoping would kick on right at sunset. Fortunately, it did just that!

I took a few bracketed exposures as the sun was setting and then combined them with some HDR processing. I’m very careful with HDR as I’m not a huge fan of it, but I thought it would give the photo a more colorful and lively look.

For the employee headshots, we planned to do the shots on the day that the office was closed so that we wouldn’t be interfering with patients and appointments. I headed down in the morning and setup a gray muslin background with a three light setup. I fired a Paul Buff Einstein through the giant Octabox as my main light. I had another Einstein unit firing through a small stripbox for a hair/separation light. Lastly, I had an Alien Bees B800 with a grid spot firing into the background to give me a nice circular flare. Here are a few samples of what we ended up with.

For the group shot, we worked for a bit to get a nice line-up. I know this is small business and I know that these people are really close, so I wanted the group shot to have a close family feel. After a few tries we finally got something everyone was happy with.

I worked awhile longer on a few accent shots for their upcoming website. Before I tore down the setup, I took one final shot of a few of my friends there. A couple of the folks had already left, so I just worked with the ones that were still there.

If you live in or around Smyrna, check out Smyrna Dental Group. They are great folks and do excellent work.

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Fitness Photos with Rachael Todd – Miss Florida 2009

Posted on May 2, 2011

It’s not everyday that you get to work with someone who earned the rank of Miss Florida, but I had the recent pleasure of collaborating with Rachael Todd, who you might know as Miss Florida 2009.

I approached Rachael with the idea to do a sports-style fitness shoot where she would be hitting and kicking at splashes of water. She’s got great muscle tone that I thought would be perfect for this project. Fortunately, she was interested in the idea and agreed to work with me.

I wanted to find an interesting makeup artist to help with the look I was going for in these shots. I was lucky enough to get a chance to work with Canada-based artist Britt Havens. It just so happened that she was going to be traveling to Nashville at the time we were looking to this shoot. Perfect timing!


We first worked on a series of kicks and hits. Rachael was incredible at this and Britt was able to help us achieve an intense, sweaty look. After their hard work, I felt like my job was easy!


My lighting setup was 2 Elinchrom strobes on either side firing through medium softboxes. An Alien Bees unit (limited edition Flame Orange B800) with a beauty dish was up high filling in the shadows in the front and about a stop down from the side lights. This gave us a hard and intense look that really made Rachael’s muscle tone just pop!


After I was sure that we’d gotten the shots I was needing, we just played around with some different poses, moving the lights and composition around a bit.

I was very happy with the final images we ended up with and ended up scoring the look I needed for the ad I was working on. Thanks again to Rachael and Britt for their excellent work. Be sure to check them out!

Model: Rachael Todd
Makeup/Hair: Britt Havens