I am a firm believer that you are always learning, no matter at what stage of life you may be. I also believe that if you are serious about something, you should educate yourself on that subject as much as possible. With this is in mind, and with a desire to be able to offer more options to my clients, I recently joined The Studio of Photographic Arts or SOPHA as it’s more commonly known. Not only does this give me the ability to offer studio portraits to my clients (great news for those more chilly months of the year when location shooting may not be at the top of your list), but it offers great opportunities to further my photographic knowledge, and also to join a great community of local photographers. In short, it’s good news for you, my client!
My first order of business was to take the Studio Lighting class! As a formerly solely natural light photographer, while I had previously used lighting equipment, I wasn’t 100% comfortable and knew there was a lot more I could learn. Bud Thorpe, who runs SOPHA, was the class instructor and I can’t praise him or this class highly enough. Once the basics of the equipment were covered, it was then onto shooting different lighting scenarios. There was such variety and it was great fun working with the rest of the students. The basic premise was we had to recreate poses taken from fashion magazines.
All at once, we had to take the technical knowledge we had learned from the earlier part of the day and put it into practice, AND produce some quite dramatic images. The model for the class was Brianna White of Side B Modelling who not only was great at recreating the poses in our assignments, but she was fun to work with and very patient with us students.
It was really eye-opening to see the possibilities that strobe lighting offered and to learn exactly how to achieve different looks for images. There was so much knowledge and hands-on practice crammed into this class, that I really felt well prepared to step out of my natural lighting comfort zone and into the studio with the tools and know-how I would need.
I really do love the images that were created and the fact that I can quickly look at these and know how many lights were used and how they were set up to achieve the results.
This above series is so Audrey Hepburn to me – this was the part of the day where things became more free-form and we were producing our own images with poses conjured by Brianna.
Backlighting may be my favorite technique now. While we were shooting, I got the idea that it would be fun to have the dress fly up. Without hesitation, Brianna went for the scissors and cut a slit right up the front of her dress! The effect was definitely worth the dress sacrifice!
Being in a studio doesn’t necessarily mean that you are limited to strobe lighting. We pulled back the curtains on a large bank of mill windows that not only provided lovely soft light, but a very cool aspect to the shots.
I’ve already been back into the studio as those who follow me on Facebook or Instagram will have already seen my ballet dancer series that I shot. I am very pleased to offer my clients more options for their sessions with me and look forward to seeing you in the studio!
Book your studio session with Laura by submitting a Session Inquiry form or by calling (978) 571-6280. Laura is a portrait and lifestyle photographer in Londonderry, NH covering Southern NH and Northern MA. Laura specializes in Maternity, Newborn, Child, Family and Senior sessions.