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Mirror Mirror - Balboa Experimental Portrait

I've had this mirror idea in my head for a few months now.  Finally, I found a day and an awesome subject, my friend Amy, to go out to the beach and work with this new concept.  This was more of an experimental shoot to tinker around with lighting and composition a bit. 

Originally, I was inspired by a landscape photographer named Murray Fredericks.  I came across his work and really loved what he was doing with mirrors.  He would bring a giant mirror out into the desert salt flats and photograph the sunsets.  His images had an abstract look which I loved and thought about integrating it into my style of photography.

I love doing landscape photography (check out my other website here) but as I also love shooting portraiture.  So why not meld both of these together for this idea?  The cool thing is, I had this  vintage mirror just sitting in my garage which was perfect for the occasion. I polished it up and we lugged it down the beach to a quiet and more spacious part of Balboa Peninsula.  A few onlookers were quite perplexed with whatever we were doing.  Apparently, it looked like we were setting up a television out on the beach (hey another good idea!). The sky was really clear that evening so once the sun went down it was a nice blue which complemented Amy's pink dress quite well. The vintage frame also matched her elegant look.  We even had some mist roll in and fog up the mirror which gave us a cool painterly effect of Amy's reflection in the mirror.  Each photoshoot is almost certain to have some surprises which in most cases are often challenges at first, but often lead to some serendipity.

I also included a time lapse video at the end of this post where you can see all the behind the scenes action for our photoshoot. Enjoy!

Here's the first go at my Mirror Mirror concept.

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.