`Tis the season!
I’ve been spending some time playing with some Christmas lights! My goal: To achieve some silky smooth bokeh orbs.
I experimented a bit with the placement of these lights. I began by placing them being my subject.
Our dog recently turned 9! 9 years old! I had to get some more shots of him in his older age. The dusting of gray makes him look distinguished, does it not? The Santa beard, not so much. He reluctantly indulged my ridiculous costume requests for a few milk bones.
After wrangling and bribing the dog to pose for me, I changed it up a bit. I moved the Christmas lights between the subject and the lens. Having no other available model at this hour, I then stepped into the scene. I shot tethered so that I could better review and adjust my scene as needed. No makeup and unkempt; the images came out better than expected. 🙂
Overall, the project was fun. It was fun, albeit a bit difficult to manage the orb placement while creating self-portraits. I would really like to get a patient model in my studio so I can play around with some bokeh lighting ideas. It will have to wait until after the holiday season, though. I’m already running around like a chicken with my head cut off. At least I still have time to do these lighting experiments. The practice is good.
On another note: See what overplucking your eyebrows in your youth can do! 😛 Slowly but surely they are filling in. Very slowly.
This is Amanda. Amanda is rad. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with her taking headshots and whatnot. She shared some of her tales of raising three young boys and all that such an endeavor really entails. She is one hard working woman and totally deserving of the quiet “mommy time” she had in my studio. (I love the kids but I have to give a big “Thank You” to that last minute babysitter!)
Amanda and her family are great! They were one of my first family sessions for Ciceri Photo. They have since gained another adorable little boy! (Seriously… all these boys are going to be heartbreakers, mark my word. )