Through all stages of production, or focus remains on mastering the following four key elements of portraiture:
It's so important that I quickly earn your trust. Let's face it, most of us aren't everyday models, so you may be a little nervous before your photo session. I'll give clear direction so you don't feel awkward or uncertain of how you're doing. Once you're comfortable with me you'll have more fun interacting with each other, which definitely shows up in your photos.
Any fine art painting or portraiture book will emphasize paying attention to lines, angles, curves and positioning of the hands. Each can be used to draw the viewer's attention back to the subject. Attention to these details will make or break the shot.
This is the fun part - the storytelling. In addition to landscape/envirnonment selection, deciding how to use light, color, texture and design makes each photographer's approach to describing a moment unique. It's their style of making an idea a visible reality.
It's no secret - the right equipment makes the difference.
Canon EOS 1D Mark 4
Canon EOS 5D Mark 3
Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4L
Canon EF 35 mm f/1.4L
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Fixed
Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4
Canon EF 100 mm Macro f/2.8L
Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L
Promaster Digital HGX UV Filters
(3) Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flashes
(1) Canon 580 EX II Speedlite Flashes
Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter
Paul C. Buff Studio Lighting
Einstein™ Flash Unit
CyberSync™ Trigger Transmitter 2
CyberSync™ Battery Powered Receiver (3)
Manfrotto MK294C3-A0RC2 3 Section Tripod
LiteMod™ Unit Mainframe + Barndoors
LiteMod™ Gel Holders + Gels
14” X 60” Foldable Stripbox + Grid
86” White PLM™ Umbrella + Diffusion Fabric
Westcott / Other Lighting
(2) Westcott 2334 28" Recessed Medium Softboxes
Westcott 2332 43-Inch Collapsible Umbrella
LumiQuest Mini SoftBox
Stands/ Bags/ Post Production Tools
(3) Manfrotto 1004BAC Master Stands
Naneu Sahara 217f Expandable Backpack
Lowepro Pro Trekker 600 AW Backpack
(2) Seagate External Hard Drives
Built for correct linear perspective in architectural images, this tilt shift lens can also be used for artistic portraiture, making use of shallow depth of field and soft bokeh.
This telephoto lens helps me stay in the moment, but from a distance (outdoors with a barrier between me and the subject, during a Wedding ceremony, sports photography, etc.) It's also super fast, which helps freeze the action when dealing with movement.
This wide angle lens produces super sharp images and wide aperature for nice depth of field. It's become my workhorse lens for portraits.
A wide angle lens with zoom that allows flexibility in frame choice. Great for panorama/environmental images and group portraits.
It's tough to take a bad portrait with this lens in hand. Great for even shallower depth of field.
A powerful macro lens. I use it primarily for wedding ring photographs. Also nice for bug photography if you're in to that.
Off-camera lighting couldn't be easier. Step 1: Angle the flashes where you want them. Step 2: Use the on-camera transmitter to control the lighting output.