So you might have noticed that both Talent Tuesday and Withdrawal Wednesday passed this week without any blog entries. I've just been so busy with other things this week, that I didn't even have time to really think about them! Well, not quite - I did think about who I wanted to write about for Talent Tuesday; I just didn't have time to sit down and actually write it. And there was simply no time for gallery curation this week, so Withdrawal Wednesday wasn't even on the radar. I'm not complaining, though, because it's photography work that I've been so busy with this week!
Besides being busy with editing photos from past shoots, I've also been very busy with new shoots this week, with four shoots scheduled (a fairly busy week for me, as I currently just do this part-time, on the side of my full-time day job).
The photo at the top of this post is from a senior shoot I did with Rachel on Wednesday afternoon, up in Fox Run Park. She's a beautiful girl, and Fox Run is also a beautiful place to shoot. Her dad is a close personal friend of mine, and I was honored that they thought of me to do this for her. I'll have more specifically on this shoot after I've processed her pics and jot down some thoughts on the day.
It was no rest for the weary that day, though, as it wasn't to be my only shoot! That same night I had a Victoria's Secret-themed model shoot scheduled with the lovely Jordan Chantel. To the left is one of the pics from that shoot. This was a fun pose/pic, one I really like. There's some other really cool stuff coming from this shoot, though, so stay tuned for awesome stuff to come. It might be a couple weeks before I get all those pics edited, as I have to shoot/edit the paying jobs first, but it'll be worth the wait, I assure you.
Now comes the weekend! Tomorrow I'm taking part in a concept shoot with another photographer and some models outside Woodland Park. It's an interesting concept/theme, one that's sure to be a bit of fun. I can't give it away yet, but will share pics and the story here after I've had time to work them.
And of course, Sunday is the day of rest, right? Nope! On Sunday I head up to Boulder to take some extended family pics for friends of mine that live up there. It should be a pretty fun shoot, as it includes 3 generations of the family, with the youngest being a couple of babies. I'm really looking forward to it.
I'm also starting to get my kids into the act. This past Sunday, I wanted to head out to Fox Run Park to scout out locations and lighting, as I had never shot up there before. Well, if I was to do accurate scouting/testing, I needed a model, right? Luckily, my darling little Marisa was eager to go out with me (she's my little Daddy's girl), so she was to be my test model for the day. Here's one of the pics I snapped of her that day:
And my oldest daughter, Katelyn, I'm now training to be my assistant. I used to have a couple of different women that would help me out on shoots when needed, but unfortunately, they've both recently moved away. Instead of immediately looking for someone else, I decided I'd try giving Katelyn a shot for a while to see how she does, as she's always been interested in my shoots. Here she is at the senior shoot with Rachel earlier this week:
(Don't you love how that hat is sitting above her eyes? ;-) )
Of course, there is one big limitation to having a child assistant vs. an adult one that I discovered on this last shoot... One of her primary duties was going to be to hold the reflector for me when needed. However, it was a very windy day on Wednesday, and as this is a big, 43" reflector, there was no way she was going to be able to hold it still against the wind. D'oh! I didn't think of that... It didn't end up being an issue, as I just positioned the subject as best I could to use the light without the reflector, and if fill was needed we could still always use the flash, and Katelyn could hold that just fine of course. She's going to help me again for the family shoot on Sunday. She may or may not have to pull VAL ("voice activated lightstand", which includes reflector duty if necessary) duty again, but where she'll really come in handy is entertaining the babies while I shoot. I don't know what it is, but she's a natural with babies and really young toddlers. She loves them, and they love her.
Anyway, you can see it's been a busy week when you throw all that on top of the day job! I'm almost glad I don't currently have anything scheduled for next week, as that will allow me time to actually process photos from all the shoots this week!