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Okay, yes…I am weird.

I do have a weird obsession with creepy clowns.

Yes, took my family to the park in Mt. Shasta and happened to have my lights with me and decided to play for a few mins.

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Jamie

 

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I played with my off camera lighting system by Elinchrom Quadra around sunset.  I tried lighting the clown using Ghost Lighting, Split Lighting, Short Lighting, Rim Lighting, and Broad Lighting.  I then tried changing my shutter speeds from super fast to let in hardly any ambient light to super slow to soak in the ambient light.  I also shook my camera with slow shutter to cause the trees blur out, along with zooming in and out during the long shutter speed as my camera was on a tripod to create a double face of different sizes.  Then I fogged up my lens with my breath to kinda try and make a eery effect, had to set focus first, since I couldn’t see anything once I huffed on the lens.  I also used all my different lenses I had with me to see the different distortions  So, all effects besides the color were done in camera, not Photoshop.  Fun test.

 

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August 10, 2016 in {365 Project}

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My girl.  On our way home from a photoshoot, and couldn’t resist stopping here since her shorts matched perfectly!

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So, been trying to improve my lighting techniques in 2016, along with building my commercial site.  Have shot some amazing things that I can not wait to share too!  However, we are playing the waiting game right now to see if we can get any published.  However, I can totally test light and post these images…so, last night I did not have a shoot, and I decided to text Bailey’s mom/manager, Adrienne Gurell to see if I could use Bailey to test.  Much rather test with a model then my awesome mannequin dog, cool as she might be…Bailey is better.  Anyhow, I was inspired by Terry Richardson‘s portrait of model Cara Delevigne and wanted to see if I could figure out his lighting technique.  To do this I had to break down the light, and this one was actually quite simple with a little thought.  I looked at the catchlights in Cara’s eyes and saw that there was just one light source and it was right in the middle of her pupil.  This told me that, I think, he used a speed light on camera and blasted it right at her.  I tried exactly this and it worked!  After looking at what I created and Terry Richardson, I did see he had a nice glow on her cheeks…not sure if he had reflectors or something on each side of her.  I had missed that originally. Bailey had to keep her nose pretty much straight at camera as I liked the shadow best under her jaw line and arm when she was pretty flat up against the wall.  Looking forward to using this on future fashion, boudoir and senior sessions for more variety in what I create for my clients.

Image shot with Nikon D4, using my Nikon SB-900 speedlight.  Used my 85mm F/1.4 at F/8 ISO 80 at 1/80th of a second.  My flash was on manual, powered at 1/4-0.7EV with my light spread at 24mm and around 6ft away from Bailey on the wall.  I wanted the cheeks a little more defined, so Bailey and I hung up big black boards on either side of her face so the light wouldn’t bounce around. The speedlight was at the 90 degree angle mounted on my flash mount.  Edited in Photoshop Camera Raw first, and then brought into actual Photoshop for touch ups.

Thank you so much Bailey for allowing me to test with you.  I think you are a great model, and I hope you make it big in the industry!  If you would like to see her other image I liked, please visit my other site Jamie Solorio.  Curious…which one do you like best?

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My Aunt happened to be in town from Texas to visit my Grandma before she took off to Napa for the weekend to celebrate her sister’s wedding, and today I got to spend a little bit of time with them!  Had so much fun hanging out with you both!  Meghan, you are soooooo stinkin pretty!  I tell you what, great genes in this family of ours!  I love both of you very much!  Enjoy the wind in your hair on the way to Napa!  Oh, and good luck with the new shoes for the wedding, Meghan!

xoxo,

Jamie

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Thank you so much Steve for taking me to this gorgeous meadow!  Had a lot of fun with you the other day on our traveling shoot!  Can’t wait to bring Jesse and the girls here!

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Jamie

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Ha…love this image.  Just so real, so my family.  I had just got home from shooting Dani’s senior portraits and walked into this scene.  Jesse cooking dinner since I was gone, Kya messing around with her new laptop and listening to music with headphones, and Isa next to her new pal, The Bear.  Isa always cracking me up, she has SUCH an imagination, and the fact she put him at the counter next to her is PERFECTION!  Also loved the light on everybody, couldn’t resist a quick picture!

Love my family…so blessed!

xoxo,

Jamie

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Traditions.  Since I was a little girl my parents have been big into the family Christmas celebration.  We would always go and create our very own Clark Griswald adventure!  Ha, I remember one year when my dad spent what seemed like hours in the forest hunting for the perfect tree, which he proudly found.  He then secured it to the top of our plastic station wagon via the open windows.  Well, he had not thought about roping through the shut doors and then had to slide into the car, full on Dukes of Hazard style!  So stinking funny…especially when we stopped by a fast food joint for food and he had to wriggle out the window.  He is not a super small man by the way, so this was very comical!  Or the year when we got stuck in the snow…who am I kidding, that was most every year.  Which is what makes this annual tradition such a great one, getting to think back to when I was a child and all the adventures my parents shared with my sisters and me.

Jesse and I have carried on that tradition with our girls and I hope they enjoy it as much as I did growing up.  This year my sister, Erin and my nephew, Cody along with Jesse’s parents came along with us.  Erin hooked us up with Starbuck’s hot cocoa’s and we were off!  Once we were in the deeper snow, the fun began!  Steve, Jesse’s dad’s truck slid off the road a bit and they were officially stuck.  I can only imagine what Diane was thinking, his mom.  I know how much she hates sliding around in the snow.  Kya got to help Jesse and his dad pull the big truck back onto the road, and she learned a lot.  One day she might have to do the same thing with her children, and so the tradition continues.  Isa was super nervous as the truck was pulled out of the snow, but all ended well.  We then decided to drive up a bit higher until we found a good place to turn the vehicles around.  Did that and then went scouting for our trees.  Isa was the winner of the tree hunt this year!  She found an awesome little grove of trees and all three families found their perfect tree.  After the trees were tagged and loaded we decided to shoot off a 22.  I was the biggest looser shooting, and Cody, my nephew decimated the targets!

Back at home Jesse set up the lights outside, and put the tree in the stand.  Kya helped him string the lights as Isabella played with her treasured figurines that she had missed all year.  Of course I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera and snapping a few shots off.  We blasted Christmas classics and decorated the tree.  Each year the girls are allowed to pick out a new ornament to start their own Christmas tradition with their future families, just the way I was.  This year Isa picked out a stuffed animal looking deer, which is perfect for her.  She adores stuffed animals.  Kya, she got a super cute reindeer as well, but hers had a pine cone bootie.  Afterwards we sat down with some freshly popped popcorn to check out our work.  Roxy our dog, loved all the popcorn that happened to fall on the floor.  Jesse then read us the Elf story, and off to bed the girls went with smiles on their faces.

I hope that everybody who happens upon this blog post has the most wonderful Christmas with their family!  Oh, and if this is something you would like documented for your family…I would so love to do this next year!  This year is already booked out, but if this rain keeps pushing my shoots…I could do something like this possibly this year!  So, I guess if you are interested…contact me please!  I even pulled my lights out for the tree trimming, yes…huge photography geek!  Just my 2 Neewer lights though!

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xoxo,

Jamie
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Thought I would post this picture of Colton!  I ran into to him downtown Redding on a photo shoot this morning and couldn’t resist not taking a picture of a willing subject with a unique look!  I didn’t even pose him, he was a natural.  Think he could have a future in modeling!

Thanks Colton!

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Jamie

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Today is Day 1 of teaching Kya photography, and hopefully one day she can become a successful fashion photographer…pretty sure she is will.  Anyhow, I recently picked up Roberto Valenzuela’s Picture Perfect book and read his Prolog explaining how he created this book and the importance of completing each lesson.  I took this to heart and really wanted to continue reading through the first section to get to the next exciting part, but instead I lent it to my father in law, Steve for him to check out, since he is an artist.  Why?  Because, I actually wanted to complete each task before I allowed myself the reward of reading the next little bit.  So, it has been 2 weeks and finally I made time to actually start looking for geometric shapes in the environment.  Well, I had been since I read it, but this time a camera was involved.

The camera was in my daughter’s hands this time.  I thought it would be awesome for me to just look around and “see” differently than I typically do when I am shooting.  Not that I don’t look for these things, but on a paid job I never try something new.  I also want to pass on my knowledge to Kya, so she can benefit in life and have an amazing skill that will surpass mine.  See Kya, my goal in life is to make you better than me…Isa too!  I know you both will be!

Anyhow, to get these shots Jesse and I sat Kya down in the living room for about an hour and taught her how to operate the Nikon D7000, our family camera.  She caught on pretty fast and we were ready!  Not to mention that she looks at my photography all the time and is always open to telling me what she likes and doesn’t like about it, which I love.  So, she already has a pretty good idea of what a good photograph consists of.

We headed down to one of my childhood fave spots that my parents used to take me as a little girl for ice cream.  Plus, I know there are lots of geometric patterns there and this would make our challenge that much more obtainable!  So, all four of us looked for geometric shapes and patterns in the environment and took turns talking about what we saw.  Then I would quiz Kya and ask her where her subject should be for great composition, where she should meter for the shot, and any other little thing I could think of.  We also worked on problem solving and using natural reflectors.

It was an awesome day and I think that she might of enjoyed it as much as I did!  My fave picture she took is the 18th picture down.  I gave her very little input for this image and she created some crazy stellar composition!  Makes me super excited to see what she does next!

Isa and Jesse hooked us up with some yummy honey sticks for the local organic grocery store.  That def helped while we just hung out waiting for Kya to get her composition and exposure.  It did take about 15 minutes per image, after I explained to her what I saw.  That might seem  like a long time, but I didn’t mind at all.  I was enjoying every moment of it and watching her figure it out.  Plus, it is super crazy…she was able to produce what I had visualized and explained to her in camera.  Couldn’t be more excited…super nuts!

I did choose her best images and edited them for her.  Thought it would be nice for her to just take on one task at a time, that way she can really practice one thing at a time.  We are still working on geometric shapes in photography, and continue to do so until we complete Roberto’s suggested lesson.

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Mommy
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