My colleague Jeff Fowler is a student at CDIA in Georgetown. Jeff is in a year and a half program that teaches all aspects of digital imaging. Students get to use the well outfitted studios anytime space is available. Jeff arranged for space on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Elizabeth Tabb joined us as the model and Shana Janelle was the makeup artist. We spent about two hours shooting in the studio. Then at about 2:30pm we headed upstairs to the top floor in an eight story builing. The space was raw and in the process of being built out. A bank of ceiling high angled windows provided light from the southern sky. These were the best shots of the day.
May 22 Shoot with Orsi
Orsi is a Hungarian student doing an intership in the US. This shoot was her first time modeling. Teresa Atchison handled makeup. Unique Thrift Store provided wardrobe.
CANON BG-E6 — This was my first shoot using the Canon BG-E6 grip for my 5D Mark II. It is certainly more comfortable shooting with the extended grip. But I found it has other advantages. I made greater use of the now more accessible auto focus lock. This will hopefully reduce the amount of lens blur that occurs. Most important though is that I spent more time composing. That’s a result of being in a more comfortable shooting position. I didn’t feel rushed to get the shot since I had a steady two hand grip on the camera.
Christine was interested in updating her portfolio. But with a young child at home she didn’t want to travel all the way to DC. Her apartment complex in Ashburn allowed us to spend an afternoon and evening shooting in some great locales in their main building including a common room, a game room, and nicely lit hallways. Christine did her own hair, makeup, and wardrobe. I invited my colleague Chris Maxwell to join us for the shoot and he agreed to help out by bringing along equipment from his Dulles studio as well as his substantial expertise.
I went to the grand opening celebration at Catwalk Studioz on May 15 and did a few hours of shooting. Thanks to the gracious hospitality of Joseph Philbert and his wife this was a fun event for all.
I ran into my shooting partner Vox early in the day. We each had brought along one studio light. Joseph let us set up in an enclosed loading dock area and gave us a canvas drop cloth for a backdrop. The space was only 7 feet high and that became an issue with one model. Emery Wallace in the pic below is 6’2″ and played small forward at Maryland. The first thing I did was ask her to remove her heels. We then got her into poses that would deemphasize her height relative to the space.
View Vox’s image of Emery.
April 20, 2010 Shoot with Nora and Liz
Nora’s friend Liz Weygrzyn is an MUA and she wanted to get some shots of Nora for her port. We decided to do a location shoot at the Smithsonian gardens behind the castle building on the Mall. It was a near perfect spring evening and Nora’s pose lying on the grass reflects the serene setting.
The photo below was among 51 selected out of several hundred submissions in a juried competition sponsored by the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, DC Fotoweek, and DC Counts. The competition celebrates the 2010 census and DC’s quest for statehood, hence the 51 winners. The show is on display at Social Restaurant in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. It will be mounted at the DC Convention Center in September.
The shot was made in my home studio in January 2010. The model is Dilfuza Kasymova. The Hill newspaper covered the reception and used my image as the pictorial. The text identifies me as “fashion and portrait photographer Phil Kogan.”
As part of my effort to find alternatives to shooting in my studio while recovering from surgery I joined a meetup on April 4 at Meridian Hill Park. Models, MUA’s, and designers attended. This was one of the first breakout spring days of the season and the light seemed very rich particularly after the long winter of snow filled days. The shot of Lisa below was made with sunlight reflected off of a brilliant spring sky. Backdrop is a masonry wall in the park. I felt all the colors came together to make this a very rich capture. Shot made with Canon 5DII and Canon 70-200 f4 L.
As I continued my recovery from surgery new opportunities arose for shooting at studio events where I wouldn’t be required to do any heavy lifting. On March 31 the Studio at Dulles had an open house and I headed out there for an evening of shooting. Chris Maxwell is one of the principals at the studio. He had invited me to my first studio shoot with models at the earlier incanation of the Studio at Dulles. So this was a good opportunity to see Chris and check out the new studio. One of the gals I shot with was Rania, an aspiring plus size model. This was a two light setup using two softboxes with no front diffusion panel.