Amber editorial portraits and some fashion shots Hudson Valley Photographer

August 16th 2021
Amber editorial portraits and some fashion shots Hudson Valley Photographer

Amber C. In the studio on black mattboard with an octobox camera right Hudson Valley Photographer

Amber came in wanting to do some more fashion style shots.  She had always wanted to be a model, and wanted to make a real run at it.  I knew when she came in she had a gorgeous face, and I was excited to get some great shots.  She also had a ton of personality, so I knew we would get some shots with some character in them.

We started out in the back and got some natural light shots.  I haven’t had a chance to edit any of those ones yet.  After that we moved on to do a bunch of studio looks.  I’m excited to see how those ones turn out as well after a bit of editing, but in the mean time I really wanted to work up this one shot.

I sure ha

ve been enjoying the new studio space.  It’s so big, and there’s a ton of natural light that I can work with in the back.  I love the ability to shoot with barn door light.  Where I open up my back loading dock, and shoot the natural light that falls into that area.  It’s a great simple backdrop with just absolutely gorgeous light.  At my old studio space I didn’t even have windows and that always killed me a little inside.  On the inside of the space it’s big enough for 4 photographers to be shooting at the same time.  Which is crazy.  In theory I could shoot a 200mm lens full length in the space.  Yes it’s that big.

Which speaking of which I’ve really been wanting to get the nikon 135mm lens.  I feel like it would be a great addition to my arsenal.  I already have the 85mm 1.4, which is my goto lens.  And believe me I shoot a ton on that, but I feel like it would be nice to have another lens that would give me a bit of a closer crop.  It would be great to shoot some beauty work with it.  As much as I hate doing beauty retouching, I think I could do some great portraits with it.  (This is me laughing at myself, because it’s not like I don’t have enough portraits in my portfolio already).

That’s another thing I’ve been thinking about with my work lately.  I really want my photography/portfolio to have more variety to it.  I love all the editorial work that I’ve done over the years, but the click through rate on my editorials is really low.  I think people just don’t even see them.  I think that’s something I’m jealous of with Lynzi’s work.  It’s all editorial, and it shows a ton of diversity.  I’ve been debating a lot lately if I want to change the way my website / portfolio is laid out.  I’ve been thinking a lot about putting my editorials as the home page to my site, so I can show perspective clients that I can shoot major editorials with the diversity that they are looking for.  I would also like to show that I could shoot a killer lookbook.  Something I wish I was booked more often for.  It doesn’t seem like I have enough time to shoot them these days, but soon I’ll be able to shoot whatever I want.

I have some diversity in my portfolios, but I want more.  I want better framing, more dynamic shots, and more emotion.  I’ve been spending a lot of time lately looking through my old inspiration photographers.  People who I had looked up to.  People who used to inspire me.  People who I used to think their work was amazing, and I had no idea how they did the retouching that they did, or the style that they shot.  I feel like the longer I shoot the more I find my own personal voice, and the less I find inspiration from others.  That’s not to say that I don’t still love putting together a good mood board, but these days it feels like my mood boards are shooting for the moon, and that drives me to work even more on my photography.