We’ve been on a bit of a break, but glad to be back and at the photo gig again.  Today we had the chance to photograph a young and talented artist with a bright future.  Every Sunday we get to hear Danielle perform either in the youth praise band at church or on occasion in worship service.

We started with a few basic head shots.  For this pose we used a white paper backdrop and three strobes.  One strobe facing the backdrop with an organge gel, a second overhead with a diffuser and a third on an umbrella directly in front.

This image is the same as the first with black and white processing.  We also made some adjustment to the depth of field for some added focus on the subject.

This image utilized the same lighting as the first two, but the flash set facing the backdrop was turned around and created a vignette effect across the bottom of the image.  Post-processing included a bleach wash and some minor color adjustments.  The desired result was a more edgy photo with some added drama.

This image utilized two strobes.  One on the umbrella slightly off-set and another over the subject – creating some dramatic lighting and a simple yet refined image.  No post processing was done with this image.

These final two images are the same image with some different post-processing.  The one above utilized an umbrella mounted strobe set to the subject’s right and one overhead strobe with a diffuser.  We were trying to create the ‘on stage’ look one might see with Danielle performing.  The lighting was focused on her hand along the frets for effect.  The image below was processed black-and-white with some added tone adjustments.