Did I ever mention about how much I just love the light at sunrise? Chelbie and I had just finished shooting on the beach with the rising sun over the ocean as her background and we were driving back in to civilization to grab some MUCH needed coffee..when we spotted this old boat dock jutting out into the marsh. The light was incredible, so I asked if she could just jump out and run to the end of the dock and turn around. This was the first exposure I took, she didin’t even want to put her shoes on. She is a true girl from the country and wanted to be as natural as possible in some of her images.
For everyone who believes they need all this expensive gear (now I know for some imagery, there are many items I could use to really bring a different look and feel to this image), but, i really like this capture. The only equipment I used (or just grabbed while I chased after her! lolol) was my Nikon camera nd my lens (thank goodness I still had my trusty 70-200 2.8 VR attached to the camera) I photographed this back in the summer, and I am SO looking forward to warmer weather soon.
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens
Photographer: Stan Shillingburg http://www.stanshillingburg.com
I had paused the photoshoot of Chelbie in order to change out lenses, after attaching my long lens to my D700 I looked up and saw this unposed scene of Chelbie. Without warning I grabbed this shot and Chelbie was kind enough to allow me to post it. I do just love those candid images, even on a planned photoshoot.
As we remember our fallen….have a safe Memorial Day.
Happy Mother’s Day!
I am pleased to introduce Kristeen to everyone, and yes, she is a mom! This photoshoot was a Mother’s Day present ( I rarely shoot “pro-bono” anymore). She wanted something edgy and nostalgic, and this is one (of many!) that we came up with. I will be posting some of the other images on my other blog thread later next week. I was so happy to be able to get her photoshoot finished and out to her by Mother’s Day, I hope all of you will show some love and also, be inspired to get out there! This woman had no idea she could look “like this” and was completely thrilled with the results of our work.
Model/ subject: Kristeena
Location: Little River, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Nikon SB900 flash, shoot through umbrella, soft silver 42″ reflector.
Dawn’s Early Light – before the sun comes up, the light is incredibly soft and delicate. This particular morning I had not yet made it out to the beach and was still enjoying one of those bold steaming hot cups of coffee when this scene begain to take shape as the early light of dawn began to light it up. This place was very special to me and has been for several years (but that is another blog story!), so I felt it was the perfect place to start my photographic day.
Location: Cherry Grove Pier, North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod and an Indro BHD2 ballhead.
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Phoebe on the beach:
Have you ever looked through your view finder, and wham! you just knew it, or better yet, felt it. That you “got the shot” right there, no in depth post processing, no cropping, no anything? Nearly every shot I took in that brief quickly fading last 10 minutes of light, was just like that. Phoebe was absolutely nailing the looks, the poses, the expressions…and mother nature was casting THE most perfect light on her. I can honestly say that good communication, good karma, and good creative chemistry all came together for this shoot. All of those elements are absolutely essential to capture exactly what you and the model (or client) is looking for. In the case of personal and private portraiture, I have found that establishing trust, confidence, and adding a true element of fun greatly enhances every single session I have conducted.
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Mother Natures very own glowing late evening sunlight.