Thinking about the web: personal.

I had actually started a Studio 63 home page in late 2016. I liked Squarespace, subscribed, and worked on the site a few months posting many images. I did a web site in college and it turned out pretty good but I think I need some professional advice this time. Its more than just posting images. On my home site I need to think about; What is my objective? How do I utilize this site to grow my business? How should I market my services? Etc. The solution is for me to be seeking out some people who are web savvy in the next couple of weeks. I want my site to be easy to navigate and fun for visitors but also to fulfill my own vision which is to arrange consultations and obviously get new photographic and video projects.

I continue to learn more with each shoot as each individual shoot provides its own challenges. I am becoming much more comfortable with the Mark II and so glad I made the decision on this camera. Its very cool.

On-Location

Spring seems elusive this year here in Florence, SC. It gets nice and warm, then turns cold…and so on. March 11th was a pretty nice day to finally begin the first stage of what will result in a three-part modeling project. This is a fashion shoot project aimed at my new teenage model Sara. Sara’s mom is on-board with the project as is my S/O. My significant other has been so supportive as I continue to struggle to get Studio 63 up and off the ground. Need JOBS!

With this shoot my Impact receiver on my soft box kept misfiring. (Yes, had new batteries) I was forced to to go straight to the shoe and my speedlight. My S/O was my assistant. We made good use of the 5 in one reflector (worth its weight in gold) and still managed to pull off the shoot. My S/O was critical in helping me to get catchlight(s) in my young models eyes. (Thank you Margie!!!) It was the day before Daylight savings and the sun at times kept disappearing behind cloud cover which had me adjusting my ISO or F-stop.

Here are the results. I am still saving up money to get my battery head monolights and C-Stands. So expensive! I love the Profoto line but will likely end up with the Baja, Impact, or other brand. Researching your equipment is crucial. Anyway, this part one of three part session with Studio 63’s new teenage model Sara. Stay tuned for session two (weather permitting) as Studio 63 will venture outdoors for an “Urban Shoot.”

Grand Opening

I decided to launch Studio 63 in 2017 with a “Sweetheart Special.” I put together this ad rather quickly in PS. My first Valentines Day couple were recently engaged. Thank you Tim and Leah! The mylar balloons kept moving around but we made it work. Anyone who has worked in photography knows this is a fantastic deal. My goal is to provide professional photography services in this (Pee Dee region) area at rates that working folks can afford.

I now have the studio operational. The photos below are of Tim and Leah and some images of the first studio shoot.

I utilized the Mark II body, nifty fifty, and the 18-135mm. I tried shooting around 65-75mm focal length with the 18-135 so that I would be closer to the optimal 85mm for portrait work since I have an APS-C sensor size on the Mark II. Most of my portrait work to this point had been outdoors or on-location with fill flash. Obviously shooting in the studio will present its own challenges.

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Studio 63

For the year 2016 I saw a lot of challenges, overcame more obstacles, relocated to the east coast, and even weathered through hurricane Matthew! After much contemplation, I have finally decided to quit running from what always seemed my true destiny and become the professional photographer. Yes indeed. I’m confident that Studio 63 will bring a breath of fresh air to SC and provide a new, affordable option for those seeking professional photography and video services here in the Pee Dee region. Please check out our Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/studiophoto63/

I will be posting the home site for Studio 63 in early 2017 when we officially launch! Thanks for your support!cd8b4686

A Day in the Sun

Gracie and Reagan. These two cousins are best friends and (along with parental permission) agreed to be my subjects so that I could test out my new DSLR. It was a warm sunny day. We went down by Lynches River and did some on location portrait work. The girls also suggested some shots at a local nursery nearby before changing into their play clothes to enjoy some time in the mud down by the local pond. I think I ended up with a total of 180 images this summer as I ran the Canon Mark II through its paces. Thank you to Gracie & Reagan for posing! Gracie – Dark Hair | Reagan – Blonde Hair
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This was all part of the multimedia presentation I made for Gracie & Reagan. I will try and link the video soon.

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Climbing the sand hill at Coward, SC.

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Muddy but happy kids.

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Father & Daughter

Late October, 2016 found me responding to a father/daughter on-location shoot. Gracie and Robbie were lot’s of fun and we even had a little time to capture some images of them in the great outdoors on their favorite four wheeler. Images captured at their home at Coward, SC. Thanks to Robbie and Gracie for allowing me to post some images of their on-location portrait session.

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