I love having the opportunity to shoot editorially, especially portraiture.  With only 25 minutes with our subject, I wanted everything in place, scouted and roughly scripted.  We aimed for 5 set ups with no specific art direction, which I love, because it means I get to play.

When asked at workshops, I always describe my approach to editorial portraiture as a visual conversation.  Throughout each shot, each set up, my goal is to never stop the conversation with the subject – I want them to feel like they are going for a walk, a conversation, and once in a while we stop and make images.  Walking from one location to the next, I have everything pre-arranged; my assistant and I know exactly how we will shoot each image, so we can follow the plan like a rehearsed play.  But, it always changes – either the light will change, or the conversation with the subject will turn my attention to something different in one of our sets.

This week, the change was this great food truck.  It was on the way from one shot to the next, I could see immediately that the light was great, and I could tell he was game.  We went for it.  I love the relaxed fresh feel of the resulting shot.  Only problem with the shoot was that the line grew at the food truck just as we finished the shot, so no lunch.  We Instagram‘d one of these earlier this week but here are some more.

 

Portriat of Ron Gill

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Test shoot - Dance - Natalie

Early this week we brought back a hip hop dancer that we have photographed in the past.  Staying in the outdoor studio and keeping the huge silks for our lighting, we moved around to get a more natural blue sky background.  A little less studio feel, a little more natural – while still using beautiful big light sources.

Bob and I got to talking yesterday about this work – why dancers, why flying?  It seems like he is drawn to this as a more pure form of the motion portraits he sees us doing in our fitness work.  The dance images are still about photographing people, still a portrait, and the motion is still fitness.  But working with these dancers, the project feels more like a study of form and movement.

This Oakland based dance teacher is great to work with and we hope to collaborate with her more.  Using the blue sky felt more authentic and true to her as a performer.  Here are a few from the shoot.  We will keep putting these on Instagram and Twitter, so please check our feeds.

Enjoy.  – Kala

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