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
This week we completed the framing of the latest Facing Chemo exhibit – Before & After. The show hung this past Wednesday at a corporate event at Genentech. We are looking forward to seeing the show hang again soon.
We are back in the studio this week after traveling quite a bit of traveling for BioMarin. At the beginning of this month we took off to the Midwest to photograph a couple of amazing people with the rare disease called MPS-IV. The warm welcome into these people’s homes and spending time getting to know them is something that will stick with us for a while. It was incredibly rewarding to see into their lives and capture them as people, not as patients. Our First stop was Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Upon stepping into the airport we quickly realized that we had arrived at the peak of quail hunting season. We were greeted with a huge sign that read, “Welcome Hunters.” Being immersed in hunting culture from childhood, I had to get a selfie with some orange. The “shoot”went well. We had an amazing crew and walked away with some great images.
Next Stop: Fort Scott, Kansas. We got to explore acres of farmland and lose a few games of CLUE to our host and his siblings. The Farm was beautiful, we found a rad barn to photograph. It was so inspiring we had to go antiquing after the shoot and picked up a few things for The Ranch.
Rad Barn: To see more pictures check out the Instagram.
I recently did a dance shoot on the farm where we used the new IQ250 from Phase One. The new CMOS sensor made this possible as we were shooting outdoors using available light through numerous silks. We had the ASA up to 800 and 1600 for the shoot, firing off between 1/2500 and 1/3200 of a second around f5.6. The files were great, though focus was a challenge given our subject matter. Some behind the scenes shots with the camera.
Still diving into more of the files, but here’s a preview.
Recently, we shot in Moab for Title Nine’s Fall Catalog – in a mailbox near you now.
The days began and 5am and ended after 8pm, but we had a great crew, great models, and you can’t ask for a more beautiful place to shoot.
No square dancing today, but the goats and the tractor still managed to get in on the action.
It was time to create an outdoor studio at the ranch, and Bob wanted to collaborate with professional ballet dancers. Hanging two 20×20 foot silks, and pulling in a ton of gear, he set up a ‘seamless’ studio in the corral, adjacent to the studio – a wonderful amount of space for he and the dancers to play. Despite a slashed finger, the dismantled trampoline and a few extra sunburns, I’d say the day was a great success.
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Here’s a teaser…
Check out Bob’s instagram feed for some more behind the scenes shots.