Shoot your friends and be free!

Commissioned photo assignments take up much of my time and style and subject matter are mostly dictated by the needs of the client, which can sometimes stifle creativity.  Therefore, during those rare occasions when jobs are not running back-to-back, I sometimes find a window of opportunity to shoot whatever I want, whether it be for portfolio, stock, or just for fun.

I have photographed the couple featured here in the past (link and link), but clearly this is another chapter of their on-going story.  Being friends with the ‘models’, I have more of an opportunity to develop my own ideas and also have the freedom to play with camera techniques, lighting and backgrounds, etc as the end result does not have to suit a pre-established brief . In addition to shooting in a more relaxed fashion, it also gives me a great deal of pleasure to provide final images which I know will be treasured for life, rather than be yesterday’s news within a short space of time.The images featured here were shot with Elinchrom studio flash, but I have just recently purchased the Nikon SB900 flash and plan to test this off camera (remote) and on location.  I will post the results as I shoot them.

Camera – Nikon D2x, Flash – two Elinchrom studio mono heads, Models – two friends.  Home studio.  Click any image for larger view.

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