Posts tagged Los Angeles Photography
Mikaela and Andrew Wedding- Villa & Vine- Santa Barbara, CA

A couple weekends ago, I shot this lovely wedding at Villa & Vine in Santa Barbara!

Enjoy, and Congratulations to Mikaela and Andrew!

Vendors:
Wedding Venue: Villa & Vine
Wedding Coordinator: Ann Johnson Events

Concert Photography: Gryffin at The Fox Theater Pomona

Last week, I had the opportunity to photograph my first concert. It was one of my favorite artists Gryffin on his last show of his Gravity Tour at The Fox Theater in Pomona. It was a fantastic show, and I hope to shoot more concerts in the future.

Enjoy!

Client shoot with Ritz-Carlton Hotels

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to work with Ritz Carlton Hotels to capture the Bacara resort in Goleta, CA. It was an awesome experience, and I am happy with the images I was able to capture.

Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.

Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks: Portrait Photography

You can approach portrait photography using a lot of different techniques, but regardless of the technique used, the most stunning portraits evoke deep emotion that often stem from the elements of a subject’s face. As with any other style of photography, honing your craft takes time and practice.

Today I have five tips that will be very helpful for anyone looking to better their portrait photography. I am in no way an expert, but I can promise you these tips will help you improve the quality of your portraits. With that being said, lets get started.

1) Build a Relationship.

Before beginning a photo shoot, especially if it's with someone I'm meeting for the first time, I always try to get to know them a little bit before putting a lens in their face. As the photographer, you need to be confident and make the model feel confident by creating a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Being professional is very important, but don't be afraid to start a casual conversation. People love to talk about themselves. Most of the people you will shoot with aren't full-time models and have other hobbies and interests. Something else to keep in mind is physical comfort. I always bring an extra water bottle and healthy snacks with me to shoots. Whether the model accepts the food or not, they'll greatly appreciate the kind gesture.

2). Posing your Model.  

Now that you've started to build a relationship with your model, it's time to pick up the camera and start shooting. The first thing you need to figure out is what kind of poses you want your model to do. The nice thing is there isn't a right or wrong way to pose. As you shoot more, you'll eventually find a style that suits you. Browsing online or in fashion magazines is a great way to find inspiration in posing. There are a ton of inspiring portrait photographers online now whether it be on Instagram, 500px, Pinterest, etc. You could even save photos on your phone that you're inspired by and show them to your model at the shoot. I would suggest using the photos as a guide to create similar poses rather than trying to recreate them. By having that starting point, you've given yourself the opportunity to boost your creativity. With practice, you'll eventually get to a point where you'll be able to pose your model without needing any sort of guide.

3) Fine tune your Composition by Directing.

Directing goes hand in hand with posing. One thing you have to remember when shooting is that you're the one seeing the images as they are being taken. That means you have to speak up and let your model know what needs to be changed to improve the image. Use a combination of your voice and hand motions to show them what you would like them to do. Make sure you give the model positive reinforcement while directing rather than being pushy or bossy. "I love how that last shot turned out, but this time, lift your chin up about an inch, and slightly turn your eyes to the left," is much better than saying, "lift your chin and turn your eyes a bit." By saying that, the model knows exactly what I want them to do, and you've shown them that you think they're doing a good job which will boost their confidence.

4) Lighting is Everything.

Lighting can make or break an image. Light is constantly changing depending on the time of day, the weather, and your location. In the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest point, sunlight can be very harsh. If I'm shooting in the middle of the day, I typically try to shoot in a shaded area. In shaded areas, the sunlight is defused which leads to a nice soft light. Most photographers would agree that "Golden Hour" is the best time to shoot because the light is soft and warm-toned. The time frame for golden hour is an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset. Another thing to think about is the direction of the light. Soft front light can expose the subject's face very nicely, side lighting can create a cool moody look, and back light can make for some nice silhouettes. There are so many ways to manipulate light. Experiment and figure out what type of lighting fits your style the best!

5) Be CREATIVE!

Getting creative with your images is what can set you apart from other photographers. One thing I like doing is finding different perspectives to shoot from. That could mean standing higher than my subject or even laying on the ground below them. Shooting from different angles can really improve an image versus staying at the eye level of your subject. Don't be afraid to break the rules of composition. The rule of thirds is great, but I like experimenting by putting my subject at different parts of the frame. Lastly, have some fun using props! Don't go overboard as you don't want to take too much focus away from your subject, but props can be great for adding a sense of story to your image. Think outside of the box and come up with some new ideas that will set you apart from the rest. The possibilities are endless.

Oceano Dunes with Raylynn Epley

Recently I did a shoot with my friend Raylynn during golden hour at the Oceano Dunes. It was a beautiful sunset, and we walked away with some great images. We wanted to change it up and do some landscape style images, but with a person in them to add a sense of scale. Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.

Enjoy!

Low Fog in San Luis Obispo

Back in April, I went up to the top of Cuesta Ridge in San Luis Obispo with some friends to shoot sunset. There was low fog over the city, and above the fog was a thick layer of clouds. It wasn't looking like there was going to be a very good sunset, but it was beautiful regardless. Out of nowhere, there was a little bit of a clearing in the sky, and right as the sun hit the horizon, the sky become very vibrant and ended up being one of the best sunsets I have ever seen. 

Below on the left is a photo from that gorgeous sunset, and on the right is a composite of the same photo. I've been practicing more and more in Photoshop recently and am stoked with how this composite image turned out!

Enjoy!

Proposal Shoot with Doug and Natalie

Last weekend I was hired by Doug to shoot a surprise proposal at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Goleta. The photos turned out great, check them out below!

Lifestyle Shoot for Ambiance SLO

Early last week I did a lifestyle shoot with Ambiance, a woman's clothing boutique based in San Luis Obispo. Enjoy these photos of some new products they have available in-store now!

Low Fog in Malibu

A couple weeks ago, the coast of Malibu was completely covered in coastal fog for a few days. The first day I went, I was disappointed because I was looking forward to hanging out at the beach, but I realized that if I went high enough in the mountains, I could find a really cool viewpoint from above the fog. 

Heading north on Highway 1, I went up Deer creek road which I had gone up a few times previously. I started losing hope as I was heading up the mountain until I finally saw an opening in the fog. I found a pull off on the side of the road, hopped out of my car, and turned around to one of the craziest views I have ever seen. Talk about being left speechless. The fog covered the ocean for as far as I could see, and the sun was just starting to drop below the horizon. I'm sure most of you can agree with me when I say fog is incredibly annoying, especially when driving through it, but wow, it truly is a beautiful sight from above.

Until next time,

-Kyle