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  • jmorlife63 3:47 am on May 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Lighting, , , , Runaway, Studio 63, studio.sixty.three, , Urban   

    Urban Teen Series with GRACIE 

    This shoot was part of genre-based idea I had. I call it the Urban Teen Series. Creative lighting elements were employed to convey different moods and a melancholy-type emotional impact. I was looking for a runaway teen in the city look. Its not nearly as cinematic as I had hoped but it was, after all, a trial run. I am still working out the creative lighting aspects with my new lights and modifiers. Getting more comfortable with your equipment is crucial. Especially when you only have a limited time to shoot. This day I had about 90 minutes but managed 3 locations nearby in the city. Thank You to our lovely model Gracie and her Father for allowing me to share these portraits with my fellow VLOG peeps!

    Coming Soon. Gracie has agreed to a Graveyard shoot. The location has been selected for some time and the graveyard site I will be shooting in was in a feature movie. I will be using my gels, more lights, and other fun stuff! I will elaborate more later. Stay tuned. _ JD

     

     

     

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  • jmorlife63 1:57 am on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Browming, , Gun, On-Location, , , , , Senior   

    Gown and Gun Senior Shoot 

    High School Senior portraits do not have to be boring. In this case we have Ben. A young man graduating 2018 here in South Carolina.

    Shooting outdoors on-location always presents challenges and this day in late April was no different. The very open location was selected due to the genre and our client’s passion for hunting with his Browning shotgun. The last week or so I had scouted on many days a nice “fiery red” skyline here during the magic hour. Perfect! Red would work for hunting. Great for the hunting ambience that I wanted to create.

    The day of he shoot it was overcast and the clouds never moved out so I knew things would not be going as planned. I took along my 500 watt strobes. I also had a speed light with a 24″ Hexi Box.  My camera body choice was my Canon Mark II with a 28-70 Canon “L” lens attached. The portraits with the cap and gown I simply captured out in the open field (an active cotton field) with my subject Ben sitting on a stool. I used my Hexi 24″ soft box modifier with my speedlight inside. My great assistant “Margie” was my grip. I went to manual on the flash and most images were shot near full power. (Note: I only had a 430 EX II inside). On some of the creative lighting with Ben and his shotgun I placed a soft strip box (love that modifier) with a directional grid and 500 watt strobe, camera right. Since it was overcast and getting darker by the minute, I asked Ben to turn more towards the strip box in order to illuminate his face a little better. Portrait composition near the truck was different.

    Shooting the truck and Ben was difficult simply because the truck was so large and the black color really absorbed the light. Here I utilized my 500 watt strobe and my 47″ deep parabolic. This gave me a large key light to work with. I simply had to experiment here and would move the large parabolic around to camera left. Most of the time I shot around or near f5.6, 250th, and ISO 100. Needless to say I was pumping out some strobe power but oddly enough stayed around 1/2 power. Thanks to Ben for allowing me to share these images and we are already discussing a second and entirely hunting genre-themed photo shoot.

     
  • jmorlife63 3:08 am on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Car, , , , , , , Sand, , Twilight   

    Twilight Car Shoot 

    Being a portrait photographer can be a tough gig but its so exhilarating to learn new and creative ways to light and shoot. You’ve simply gotta love photography.

    Lauren and Steve wanted their portrait session to include their new Hyundai Veloster Coup. Oh Boy! What to do? At first I was concerned about the color of the vehicle and after some serious thought decided to shoot the session during the magic hour. I think it worked out pretty good. Both Steve and Lauren were very sharp and were quickly striking various poses that myself and my assistant had created, like seasoned professionals. This was the first time using both of my brand new battery powered strobe units together’. I situated one 500 Watt strobe with a 47″ Deep Parabolic  with the outer-diffuser removed and simply left the inner-diffuser which is inside the parabolic (to avoid hot spots). This was my key light. The other strobe (fill and combination) was equipped with a Cheetah 12×55 strip box modifier with directional grid. I was very pleased with the quality of light from both modifiers when used in combination with my new strobes. After nearly a 1.5- two-hour session, my new strobes still registered a full charge! Awesome! This was the first shoot utilizing my larger light modifiers and I have more on the way! The lighter images were shot a bit earlier I utilized my Canon speedlight with my assistant hand-holding a 24″ Hexi soft box.

    I have a mid-December wedding and think I will utilize some really sweet translucent umbrella modifiers. This shoot was lots of fun but when that sun starts sinking? Its a race against the clock. I got so excited composing and firing away (as it grew darker) that I completely ignored my modeling light function, on my strobe-remote, which was mounted right on top of my camera hot shoe. Sigh.

    Upcoming shoots are a December wedding, an urban fashion-type shoot, and includes a unique graveyard shoot which I am very excited about but is still in the planning stages. Studio 63 did manage to get our models costume ordered this weekend. 😉 (Get ready Gracie!) I love the creative doors that photography opens! Studio 63 is venturing into video more and more as well. More on that later. _ JD

     

     
  • jmorlife63 4:23 am on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fashion, , , ,   

    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.”

     
    • Tammy Tribble 6:59 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice photos!

      Sent from my iPhone

  • jmorlife63 9:17 pm on November 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , kids, , ,   

    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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  • jmorlife63 11:20 pm on November 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: daughter, father, fun, , ,   

    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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  • jmorlife63 2:01 am on September 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , potrait, ,   

    Family Portrait 

    This family portrait was shot around sunset at Lincoln, Missouri. The family is Cody & Misty along with their four month newborn child with a really kewl name, Blaze. The young couple have known each other for ten years and have been together for the last three years. These young people are hard workers and are currently seeking a house to purchase around Warsaw, Missouri. Many thanks to Cody, Misty, and precious little Blaze for allowing me to photograph them for my Portrait Photography class at UCM. Nikon D3100 with a standard 55mm lens.

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  • jmorlife63 6:07 am on April 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Tracks 

    I don’t mind telling you that Michelle was a bit apprehensive about posing along the railroad tracks in W-Burg. Reports of people being fined in W-Burg for doing this are common. However, I think Michelle has a bit of rebel in her and she agreed to sit for me with the old chair I had brought (as a prop) to the shoot. I really like this image of Michelle as I believe it captures her essence. This is also a “straight image.” Good photographers don’t need no [sic] photoshop! I’m glad she’s a good sport. 😉
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  • jmorlife63 5:48 am on April 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Brittany 

    Today in Warrensburg the weather finally gave our portrait class a break. It was a mild and sunny day. These images are “straight” and have not been edited or photo-shopped. There was some assistants on hand utilizing a couple reflectors while those who had their cameras enjoyed a wonderful photo shoot. Thanks to our models and Mr. Breshears, our instructor, for selecting the locations near the Freedom Tower on the campus at UCM.

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  • jmorlife63 11:47 pm on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    contemplation 

    It was an overcast day in da Burg. The perfect time to pull out the Nikon. My model, Michelle, works with me at the radio station on-campus. Michelle was kind enough to give me some of her time so I could get my darn “outdoor” assignment completed for portrait. On this shot, I asked my model to walk back and forth across my frame of view. I decided to focus on the middle ground leaving the primary subject soft. I deliberately choose the urban-monotone environment for effect.

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