Tonight I had the pleasure of attending a portrait workshop with the Grand Rapids Camera Club here in West Michigan. It was a wonderful time. They had several "booths" set up with monolights (strobes connected to AC power) and different backdrops. They also brought in several models for the evening. One of the models that was there tonight was at the beach shoot that I was at this last summer when I first started with the camera club. She is a wonderful model to work with. Some people are just naturals in front of the camera. She is one of them. She knows how to pose. Just the littlest of suggestions and she is striking one good pose after another.
We also had some pregnant women there to model tonight too. This is my first chance to do a photo shoot for pregnant women. It was a lot of fun too. I had some good portraits that were very traditional poses and lighting. But then I decided to get a little more creative and try a variation I saw on one of the smokingstrobes.com videos. Michael did a shoot that was all silhouettes. I thought about that shoot and figured that if anyone has incredible shapes for silhouettes it would be a pregnant woman. I had the model step forward and then also moved the light back to light the backdrop better. I would have liked a second light for the backdrop to light it a little brighter and more even, but I guess one cannot always expect to get everything. I really liked the overall effect. I did some with a single mom, and then both her and her friend back to back. The back to back photos looked almost like an inverted heart.
The one big challenge shooting in a workshop was that we had only so much time at each booth with a model and then had to move on and give the next shooter a chance. I would have liked to spend more time working on some of the details of the photos. I am hoping to get another studio shoot in yet this winter at a place in Grand Rapids called Workshoots. I am also working on some portraits for a local businessman. I will put some samples up when I am done with those later this month.
In the meantime, take chances, get creative, and have fun shooting.