Posts tagged corona del mar portrait photographer
Nitro Nicki's Balboa Portraits & Headshots

I've been working on a new facet in my portrait portfolio, that is, the headshot.  I dabbled with some in studio lighting, however, I felt that the naturally lit and vibrant portrait would be more in line with my style and artistic vision. I love the natural colors and bokeh that are found all around us in our environments. You just have to imagine them sometimes in terms of bokeh (that background blur you see in photos).  Here with Nicki's photoshoot, I knew she had stunning green eyes and I wanted to complement that with some vibrant greens or blues. In this case the blues at the harbor behind my house made for the perfect backdrop. Using my 90mm f2.8 lens, I was able to crop her the image with as much blue and bokeh as possible.  A 70-200mm lens would have been preferred and would have give me more bokeh and precise cropping with the background (for the next shoot, I'll experiment with that lens).

I also lit these portraits with an off camera 36" umbrella using a hi speed synce so I could still get that shot at f2.8.  I underexposed the background just a bit and then positioned Nicki as best as I could to be backlit by the sun, which created a rim light and hair light in most of the images.  She was a blast to photograph, very natural, and stunning eyes that would make any photographers day. 

Mckenna - Graduation Portraits Little Corona

Congrats to our newest grad, Mckenna, coming all the way from Texas just for this special beach photoshoot!  

The previous mornings had been severely overcast and windy, so with this graduation shoot being planned for early morning, I was a bit worried about weather conditions.  I guess cloudy and windy could make for some dramatic graduation portraits with a perfect storm feel.  Thankfully, the weather cooperated and brought us that classic and peaceful Pacific blue morning.  With hardly anyone else on the beach we had plenty of options roam. 

I even shot one of my signature long exposure portraits while I had Mckenna daringly balanced on top of one of the rocks while the waves crashed over it.  Check it out below.  I love how the colors become more saturated and the mood is ethereal with the misty seashore and sky.

Portraits were naturally lit with an off camera medium softbox for a fill light in some instances. I usually turn up my Kelvin to 6000k to give the images a warmer glow especially with the early day sun.